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Updated: June 29, 2011 12:25 IST

24/7 at the service of the differently-abled

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HYDERABAD:28/06/2011:Mohini Nagapurkar is all smiles, in Hyderabad. ------PHOTO:G_RAMAKRISHNA
-Photo: G.RAMAKRISHNA HYDERABAD:28/06/2011:Mohini Nagapurkar is all smiles, in Hyderabad. ------PHOTO:G_RAMAKRISHNA

Mohini Nagapurkar, a muscular dystrophy patient was in dire need of a wheel chair. Given her financial constraints, she could not afford to buy one.

She approached Act Seven International, organisation dedicated to the cause of physically and mentally challenged people and within a month, she was provided with a wheel chair free of cost. But Mohini is not alone in getting her wish granted.

The organisation has given free artificial limbs, wheel chairs, crutches etc to many. All one has to do is request the organisation and the rest is taken care of.

Started in 1996 by Swayam Prabha and Yem.R.Rajaji, the organisation, besides helping the needy, also promotes the latent talent of physically challenged persons by organising different programmes.

“People call us for help. Some need medical aid while others need sponsors for surgeries. We seek support from donors and corporate companies to help the needy. We have managed to help all who have approached us,” says Swayam Prabha, Secretary of the organisation.

“Apart from help, Mr. Rajaji also provides emotional support. I needed a laptop and approached him and to my surprise he promised me to give a laptop in a week,” says B. Ravi Ganesh, a visually-challenged music teacher.

Generous donors

A database of donors is maintained and applications are sent to them through e-mails. Most of them respond by donating cash while others help through kind. “We bridge the gap between the donor and the needy. We have helped over 5,000 persons till date and the credit should go to donors,” says Mr. Rajaji, chairman of the organisation.

And it was Netravati, a child, who inspired Mr. Rajaji and Mrs. Swayam Prabha to establish the organisation, during a function at a private school at Kukatpally.

“In a chat, Netravati informed that her parents were visually-challenged and she was the only one in the family blessed with sight. She said that she wanted to be an ophthalmologist and help the visually challenged. This moved us and thus Act Seven came,” said Mr. Rajaji.

Contact

For donations and enquiry: 040-2333-6666 or log onto ‘www.actsevenorg'.


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