Sri Guru Deva Charitable Trust (SGCT) was registered as a Trust under the Societies Registration Act in the year 2008. It is also registered under Section 80G of the IT Act. Inspired by H.H. Swami Sukhabodhanandaji of Chinmaya Mission, the trust is christened as “Sri Guru Deva” Charitable Trust.
The Trust is located in the village Mangalapalem, Kothavalasa Mandal of Vizianagaram District, Andhra Pradesh and its activities are spread far and wide not only in Andhra Pradesh but also in the neighbouring States like Odisha, Chattisgarh, Telangana, Tamilnadu and Karnataka.
The Managing Trustee and Founder of the Trust, Mr.Raparthi Jagadeesh Kumar, is a B.Tech (Computer Science) from Bangalore University. Inspired by the trinity, his mother, father and Guru, he chose to serve mankind.
1. To provide medical equipment to handicapped, provide medical aid to poor persons who suffer chronic diseases like AIDS, CANCER etc.etc.
2. To organize medical camps and train health personnel especially in tribal and socially backward areas by conducting medical camps like eye camps, blood donation camps etc.
3. To support orphaned people and destitutes.
4. To promote vocational training centres and extension of appropriate technical education.
5. To train or equip teaching staff and professional to improve quality of education.
6. To promote Gandhian philosophy of education in rural areas to make the inhabitants self reliant.
Just as there is a cause for anything and everything in this Cosmos, the genesis of the Artificial Limb Centre too has a compelling cause. Mr. Rajsekhar, a close friend of Mr. Jagadeesh Kumar, who lost his limbs in an accident, was about to board the train at Bangalore to get artificial limbs from Jaipur. Unfortunately he fell under the train and died. This incident had completely shaken Mr. Jagadeesh but, at the same time, provoked and prompted Mr. Jagadeesh to set up an Artificial Limb Centre in his own village Mangalapalem. His firm conviction and undaunted spirit of service culminated into the existing Artificial Limb Centre. Now, for Artificial Limbs, there is no need to go to Jaipur. Currently, the Centre has two female Prosthotist & Orthotists who are qualified and trained at National Institute of Research and Rehabilitation Training Centre, Odisha. A Male Orthotist Who are Qualified and Trained at Mobility India, Bangalure. Wheel chair positional devices ( For cerebral palsy children’s) The unit is working under the overall guidance and direction of Sri K.V. Chowdary, Chief Central Vigilance Commissioner, New Delhi, India ). The unit is manned by physically handicapped and artificial-limb- supported-technicians – one has lost both his legs and another one, lost his right hand and left leg. This Centre is the outcome of CSR funds provided by HPCL AND STEEL PLANT.
Over a period of 20 years, commencing from 2000 till date, the Centre has distributed 75,000 Artificial Limbs and aids like Above Knee, Below Knee, Above Elbow, Below Elbow, Polio Calipers KAFO, AFO, Hand Splint, Cerebral palsy Wheel Chairs, Positional Devices – Corner Seat, Standing Frame, Supporting Seat , Wheel Chairs, Tri Cycles (both hand operated and battery driven), Blind Sticks, Hearing Aids, Talking Watches, Hand Crutches, and Elbow Crutches free of cost to many, irrespective of caste and creed. The wear and tear of the appliances and limbs and replacement thereof is also taken care of by the Trust free of cost. For Children and Youth who are in the growing stage, the limbs need modification and replacement periodically and, accordingly, limbs are customized and fitted. They are made to stay in the Centre for two days to get themselves familiarized with the new ones. To sum up, the activity of the Trust is a perennial process and every day, on an average 20/30 differently-abled persons visit the Limb Centre. The poor are even paid to and fro travelling expenses and free food and shelter in the premises of the Trust. Year-wise tabulation is given below:
|YEAR||(ABOVE KNEE)||(BELOW KNEE)||(ABOVE ELBOW)||(BELOW ELBOW)||(POLIO CALIPER)||(WHEEL CHAIR)||(TRI CYCLE)||(BLIND STICKS)||(HEARING AIDS)||(TALKING WATCH)||(HAND CRUTURES)||( for hearing Impaired)||TOTAL DISTRIBUTION|
|2018||354||1156||257||332||556||355||478||302||285||41||308||312||47362019 540 5268 520 498 890 682 825 582 750 80 589 380 11604|
Inspired by the success story of fitting artificial limbs to human beings, the Trust has ventured into fitting artificial limbs to animals and foul also and it has yielded good results.
Apart from the above focused area, it has been conducting various other activities like frequent medical camps in tribal areas like araku, paderu, providing nutritious food and counseling them on family planning - all aimed not only to alleviate the poverty of the rural inhabitants but also to make them self-reliant and lead a life of self-respect. All festivals of all religions are performed with equal fervor.
All the above activities would not have been possible but for the whole hearted support of Corporate CSR Support and the benevolence of other institutions and individuals. The Visakhapatnam Port Trust has constructed a three storey building called “Divyang Bhawan” and there are other Organisations who have been regularly extending their support in one form or the other.
In recognition of the services of the Trust, Smt. Purandeswariji contributed Rs.12,00,000 out of the MP funds and the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh contributed the balance amount of Rs.18,00,000 and laid ½ km concrete road from the Railway Gate to the Trust Office for convenient and comfortable access of the Physically Handicapped.
MPS, MLAs, top notch Bureaucrats, Reputed Organisational heads, Hon’ble Judges, Film Artists, Vice Chancellors of Universities, Journalists, Social Workers have visited our Trust and participated in distribution of Artificial Limbs and other activities. HH Swamijees have visited and blessed this institution. .
The Trust feels that just making the handicapped walk, talk, and hear is not enough. Rather they should be made self-reliant and also be made earning members in their families. Towards this, we are in touch with like-minded institutions.
We also have plans to set up a small hospital to take care of the medical needs of the surrounding villages and also an Old Age Home. Patrons are most welcome to extend their support in whatever manner they like.