Place: Dibrugarh district of Assam State-India
Introduction & motivation:
Many villages in India particularly in remote localities lack essential facilities and when there is no proper transport the life in village become difficult. In eastern part of India Assam is a big state and in one of the villages-Nadikinar Nigam of Dibrugarh district near the river Burhi Dihing, Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation has been extending medical help to the villagers and volunteers wanted to see the villagers on the other side of the river.
Then one Sathya Sai worker pointed out that the people of the village situated on other side of the river are in more difficult position though located at about only 16kms from Dibrugarh headquarter. There is no good roadway to this village which is the main obstruction for its developments. The only mode of transportation to and fro the village happens to be the small boat that makes their way into the village across the river Bhurhi Dihing that flows along this neglected land. Thus the concept of serving to this village was conceived which later developed.
- Population: Male 109 Females 98
- Primary School: 1 (one)
- Electricity: No Electricity connection
- Drinking water supply: Does not exist
- Housing: Of Tin, Hay and Bamboo
- Means of Livelihood: Farming
A sincere effort was made to touch three major needs of the villagers,
In November 2007 in connection with birthday of Sri Sathya Sai Baba volunteers took a Food distribution programme called “Amrit Kalasam” (supply of cooking food items) and with this a healthy relationship developed with this village for the very first time. Volunteers assembled in district Sathya Sai center and made Gift packages containing various food items and then next day early morning workers with packets reached river side by cars and motorbikes. Then proceed to village by boat and goods batch by batch and distributed the packets. This food package supply was continued in 2008 also.
As the village people were often falling sick with communicable diseases like malaria, encephalitis etc. by mosquito bite and it was decided to give one Mosquito Net to each family. The villagers accepted this as Sathya Sai Baba’s gift and expressed their happiness.
Dibrugarh Sathya Sai Centre decided to further extend their service for treatment of the patients of the village and thus, first identified the eye patients of the village for proper treatment. The identified patients were admitted to the Government Hospital and surgery was performed by experienced eye surgeons. All cost associated with the patients’ travel, surgery and medicines were borne by the Sathya Sai volunteers. However, there was no surgeon’s fee as per Government rule. The operations were carried out successfully and results were the smiling faces and happy vision of the villagers.
- Two eye operations
- One Orthopaedic operation
- Medicine treatment for one person
Follow up & Individual Care:
To know about the well-being and post-surgery development of the eye patients, volunteers visited the village and enquired with the patients’ and in one of the houses, it was noticed a 50 years old women was bed ridden and she was very sick and clubbed with poor economic condition she was in a very miserable condition. With her family members, the suffered woman was taken to the Government Hospital and diagnosed by doctors and she was given the appropriate treatment and she showed immediate signs of recovery and could be discharged from the hospital soon.
With a sort of loving nature of the volunteers, many other sick and ailing villagers also approached them for help. Each stated their own problems and requested that their treatment to be arranged. In spite of limited resources volunteers came forward and extended the services for the treatments.
On festival occasions gift packs containing Health drink and other items were distributed among the villagers. Continuing to extend help in agriculture sector Spray Machine was purchased for agriculture purpose and was distributed amongst the farmers of the village. Distributed large size utensil for community works and the villagers were very happy to receive these gifts as love of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Seeds & Blankets:
There was good response and satisfaction from the villagers with various services done by Sathya Sai volunteer and after seeing their joyous faces, volunteers distributed high quality seeds for cultivation amongst the poor farmers of the village and also a blanket to each of them.
Help at needy Hours:
During devastating flood occurred during August 2011, the volunteers from local Sathya Sai centre with State Trust came forward and went to the village and distributed food items.
Impact of the service:
Sai workers, most of us from urban area, get the opportunity to go to the rural area through this kind of loving service and meet village people and see their simplicity even in the very difficult position. Repeated visits create a loving bond between volunteers and the villagers. The village people treat the volunteers as if someone very close to them, then it was realized the power and impact of exchanging love.
Realizing the needs it was decided to continue this helping service programme and receive the blessings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Project leaders: Sri Rajib Borgohain & Sri Mahendra Hazarika
Project Coordinator: Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation-Assam
Contact Person: Sri Dilip Kumar Dutta, State President, Sri Sathya Sai Seva
Organisation-Assam State, mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org