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Differently-abled praying outside temple made Chief Guest at Jaipur Foot Mobile van Inauguration

For the inauguration of the new mobile van for prosthetics fitment in Rajasthan, Jaipur Foot USA welcomed a differently-abled person praying the doorsteps of the temple and was made the chief guest. Prem Bhandari has resolved to help him regain mobility.

Jaipur Foot USA, a non-profit organization in the US, has been spreading joy in India by empowering differently-abled persons in the best way possible. The organization has launched another mobile van for prosthetics fitment, this time to help the needy in Rajasthan districts.

This van is slated to be part of the Jaipur Foot USA initiative called “Diwyangon Ke Dwaar” (At the doorsteps of the differently-abled)). Donated by Rajasthan Foundation American Chapter President KK Mehta and his wife Chandra Mehta, this new Jaipur Foot mobile van will go door-to-door to provide Jaipur Foot to the disabled. Prem Bhandari, Chairman of Jaipur Foot USA, his wife Dr. Rekha Bhandari flew down to Darjeeling, from New York where they held a camp in presence of India’s Foreign Secretary H.S Shringla and then to Jodhpur Joint Secretary Nishant Garg for the inauguration of the new mobile van at Nakoda Bheru Nath temple in Barmer district of Rajasthan, whose chief guest was Mobeen, a differently-abled person praying the doorsteps of the temple and was made the chief guest. Prem Bhandari has resolved to help him regain mobility.

Jaipur Foot mobile van to help differently-abled now in Rajasthan

Bhandari is going a step further to help Mobeen, who won’t have to beg outside temples for livelihood. Bhandari has promised to help Mobeen with his lodging and provide him with a solution to make a meaningful difference in his life.

The newly-launched mobile van for prosthetics fitment has state-of-the-art equipment. The mobile van has been given to Jaipur Foot USA’s parent organization, Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti (BMVSS), which is the world’s largest NGO for the differently-abled. This van can serve in any part of the country with consultation from BMVSS founder D R Mehta, who dedicated the van for the differently-abled.

Jaipur Foot mobile van to help differently-abled now in Rajasthan

The mobile van has the capacity of fitting 8-10 artificial limbs every day. There will be 3-4 BMVSS staff members on board, with expertise in Jaipur Foot limb fitment. For now, the mobile van will serve the districts in western Rajasthan, including Jodhpur, Barmer, Jaisalmer, Pali, Jalore, and Sirohi.

Given the COVID-19 situation, organizing a camp would attract large crowds, which is why the mobile van will be the safest and fastest way to help differently-abled at their doorstep. The idea for a mobile van was conceptualized when COVID-19 was at its peak. The first van was launched on PM Modi’s 71st birthday and BMVSS was able to successfully complete 71 artificial limb fittings in Vadnagar, Gujarat – the birthplace of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the mobile van.

Jaipur Foot mobile van to help differently-abled now in Rajasthan

BMVSS has so far helped 20 lakh differently-abled people in the country and abroad. Bhandari said that 85 international camps were organized in 35 countries, where artificial limbs were provided to the needy at no cost.

Meanwhile, KK Mehta has been actively involved in the donations and helping the needy at the time of dire need, especially during the pandemic. He had donated Rs 1 crore towards PM CARES fund in less than 48 hours it was announced. Mehta had also offered 100 rooms by Times Square and 100 by Barclay Stadium in the US in order to help distressed students who were stranded during the pandemic. For India, Mehta had donated dry ration, masks for police, oxygen concentrators. Furthermore, KK Mehta and Chandra Mehta have committed to spend $1 million for the betterment of Jodhpur.