Guwahati: “I can play with my friends again at school,” said nine-year-old Fatima K who received a free customised artificial limb in Guwahati on Tuesday. The Class IV student lost her limb in a car accident, but what kept her going was her will to stand on her legs again and play like other children at school.
Fatima was one among the 100 amputees who received free customised artificial limbs by CavinKare, an FMCG conglomerate, as a part of ‘Walk India’, its corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity, at Catholic Cathedral Church, Rukminigaon in Guwahati on Tuesday. The initiative was conducted in association with Freedom Trust, an NGO.
The 100 amputees who benefited from the CSR activity had lost their limbs due to prolonged illnesses or accidents, and were all from in and around Goalpara, Bongaigaon, and Barpeta districts of Assam. Assam happens to be the second state after Tamil Nadu to have been availed of this initiative which has till now benefited over 400 amputees in the Krishnapuram, Kanchipuram regions of Tamil Nadu, and 100 in Assam.
While addressing media persons, Dr S Sunder, the founder and managing trustee of Freedom Trust, said that for the past 25 years they have tried to make a difference in the lives of the people. With the 5th edition of ‘Walk India’ project, they have tried to make customised limbs free of cost reaching out to the most interior regions of the state, taking measurements of the amputees, conducting trial fittings and assuring the amputees that the ‘Leg is for You’. To prevent discomfort and blisters a kit was provided to each amputee along with a warranty card of one year.
Another beneficiary of the project, Manash Sharma, met with a bike accident in May, 2018. This led to an infection in his limb due to which his limb had to be eventually amputated. He was also one among the first six beneficiaries of the day and expressed his overwhelming happiness on the fact that he can now lead his life and carry out the daily chores just like any other individual.
MD Sudarshan, the director of corporate affairs, CavinKare, was the chief guest for the day. “Making the youth give back should be made a culture, because giving is always enjoying, it doesn’t depend on how much you have because human wants are not sufficient,” he said, adding: “However, one should always give back to society where he comes from and what could be a better way of starting the New Year than this.”