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Matching Grant #78438

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Matching Grant Project at Matru Seva Sangh, Sitabuldi
Sunday, 9th June 2013

The regular meeting of Thursday 6th June was postponed to 9th June for the handing over of Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Matru Seva Sangh Sitabuldi (MSS) under the Matching Grant Project (MG) of The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The program began at 10 am at MSS meeting room at Sitabuldi. President Atul Shah chaired the meeting. Also present on the dais were District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) Sangram Singh Bhonsale, Director TRF Rtn Manjot Singh Kahai, MG committee chair Rtn Dr Manmohan Daga, Secretary of MSS Dr (Mrs) Lata Deshmukh and Hon Secretary Rtn Shabbar Shakir.

Matching Grant: It is a unique program of The Rotary Foundation. It has become one of the most effective mediums of serving the society. It serves the dual purpose of international co-operation and community service. The beauty of this program is that the total benefit is four times the club’s contribution. The contribution by the partner clubs is matched by TRF. Chief Guest of the program, DRFC PDG Sangram Singh Bhonsale informed about the role of Rotary Foundation and explained how a small contribution to TRF by each Rotarian can work wonders through projects like these.

The Partner in Service: Matru Seva Sangh established in 1921 is a 92 year old Non Profit Organisation. Two ladies, namely Late Mrs Kamaltai Hospet and Vaenutai Nene founded this organisation primarily to serve in the area of maternal and child health care. Its history is a saga of confronting adversity with courage, converting challenges into opportunities and serving people with love, dedication and discipline. Today it runs Maternity Home & Hospital, Institute of social work, School for mentally challenged, Home for the Aged, Child Adoption Services, Working Women’s Hostel and Family Counseling Center. Dr Lata Deshmukh, Secretary of MSS gave this information during the handing over program.

Partner Club: Rotary club of Emmaus, RI District 7430, USA is the partner club for this matching grant. President Rtn Cynthia Hornaman and Rtn Gul Asnani took great efforts to make this MG a reality. President Atul Shah in his speech acknowledged their wholehearted contribution. There would be many members in Rotary Club of Emmaus who may not be aware about Nagpur or the MSS. The only common thread is the Rotary and the strong desire to serve the underprivileged. This desire, he said is the strength of Rotary.

The project: Pre-mature born babies and the babies born with severe ailment require special attention. The Government hospitals are already overburdened. Private hospitals are too expensive for common people. It can be as high as Rs 4000-5000 per day. MSS has been providing this facility at nominal cost but lacked the necessary equipment. The MG committee headed by Dr Manmohan Daga studied the requirement and the feasibility and decided to implement the project. The total project cost is US $ 32,000. Rotary Club of Emmaus contributed US $ 8,500. MSS allotted the area next to existing set up and the NICU with following instruments was handed over:

  • Neo Natal Ventilator – 1
  • Baby Warmers – 4
  • Infusion Pumps – 2
  • Syringe Pumps – 2
  • Multi Para Monitors – 2
  • Portable X-Ray Machine – 1
  • Air Conditioner (2 Tons) – 1
  • Invertor with backup (3 KVA) – 1
  • Voltage Stabilizer (5 KVA) – 1
  • Washing Machine – 1
  • Electronic Weighing Scale – 1
  • Accessories for equipment mentioned above

MSS undertook the responsibility for maintenance and sustainability of the unit. The program was well attended by the Rotarians and Rotary Anns. To view all the photos click here.

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