The work starts with the identification of needy persons with disabilities through field surveys. Our community workers then regularly visit them and give them counselling to enable them to come out of their shells of disappointment and superstitions. The persons who need medical treatment are taken to the various Government hospitals in Trivandrum city by our workers. The medical treatment, which usually takes time, include surgery, physiotherapy, giving medicines and providing equipments such as artificial limbs, calipers, hearing aids, spectacles etc.
In addition to the above mentioned regular activities, under the medical rehabilitation programme, we had launched the following two new projects the year before last and they are being continued.
Continuous Medicine Supply Programme: This is for providing medicines continuously to all the poor chronic disabled patients in the area, sufering due to arthritis, paralysis, mental retardation etc., where, even though the possibility of complete cure is remote, prolonged continuous medication is necessary, to avoid pain and other complications. There are 70 such chronic disabled patients in our area now. We are giving all these persons the required medicines to persons with disabilities as and when necessary.
Jubilee Daily Food Programme: This was launched in August '07 to commemorate the jubilee of the centre. There are very poor disabled patients in the area who are suffering due to scarcity of food. We are providing food materials (rice & provision) worth about Rs. 450/- to 500/- every month to 25 very poor disabled persons who were almost starving. These persons were identified by conducting a survey in the area.
Our total expense for medical rehabilitation for the year 2011-12 was Rs 12.3 lakhs and this year it is expected to go up further.
Sponsorship: We have estimated the expenditure for the Continuous Medicine supply (CMS) and Jubilee Daily Food (JDF) programmes as follows:
Estimated expenditure for CMS per person per year : Rs.7000/-
Estimated expenditure for JDF per person per year : Rs.6000/-
Any one can sponsor one or more persons in both these programmes.
After attending to their immediate medical needs, we try to rehabilitate the persons with disabilities economically. Several counselling sessions are usually required to make them receptive and selfconfident. Vocational training programmes are arranged depending upon the client's aptitude and ability. Selected clients are then encouraged to start self employment projects such as tea shop, vegetable shop, petty shop, electronic repair shop, tailoring shop, provision store, goat rearing, chicken rearing, envelope making, etc. Wherever financial assistance is required for starting a project, it is provided by MGRC. The income generated through self employment projects, though relatively small, makes the persons with disabilities happy and enthusiastic. During 2011-12, 30 persons were given financial assistance for starting self-employment projects.
It is estimated that an amount of Rs. 1.0 lakh will be required for new self employment programmes this year.
MGRC is making all efforts to make the persons with disabilities participating mambers of the society. Those who are introverts and reluctant to be active are given regular counselling as well as training in physical exercise and activities of daily living such as washing, bathing, brushing teeth etc.
Our another major activity is the Educational Assistance programme under which we provide financial assistance to disabled and poor students who are eager to learn but do not have the means. At present, assistance is being given to about 200 such students, in the form of school/college fees, hostel fees, books, notebooks, transportation charges, uniforms, umbrellas, etc. We spent Rs. 4,25,494 for educational assistance programmes during the year 2011-12.