Swapneel Shah

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Karunashraya

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Team B and swapsshah... We won the 2nd prize... (Community Teamworks 2008)

Team B and swapsshah... We won the 2nd prize... (Community Teamworks 2008)

Karunashraya -a hospice center for terminal cancer Patients… located in Bangalore is a Public Charitable Trust of the Indian Cancer Society and Rotary Club of Bangalore Indiranagar

I got the opportunity to visit this place and spend two days of my life. My first expectation was to see a general government Hospital kinda environment, but in actual it was a very well maintained, clean and caring place… It is a very touchy place that believes in “There maybe a limit for cure but there is no limit for care…” We went there to give a change to the the staff who takes care for the patients… The staff on daily basis see a lot of deaths and suffering… ( the highest number of deaths at this place in a day is 11!!!) Basically their life is full of depression… At the CTW 2007 event we took the staff for a outing to a Silk farm and Central Silk Board… With my first emotional experience, I had to come back to the same place again for the CTW 2008 event where we conducted some art and craft activities for the staff… Fortunately both the days I visited the place, it was full of life… Without having to see a single death!!!

What made me more sad was the staff who has to live and die with every death of the patients here. Especially young girls between the age of 18 – 23 that are from an economically weak background where their job is to nurse and take care of these patients… I believe that this would be the most difficult job to do at such a tender age… When I was having fun and enjoying my undergraduate studies, these girls are here in such an atmosphere where the strongest and most mature people would be defeated in the 1st few minutes… Taking care of them, talking to them, spending time with them, feeling their pain, sharing their loneliness, day and night and then suddenly one day, the person is no more!!! And this is not just once, it keeps on happening… One goes, next comes, and then the next… Only to go… … … someday… forever!!!

Today, we see at places many (even our homes) people die in absolute misery, completely deprived of basic facilities, very often in great pain and not infrequently without the barest of dignity. In India, the entire medical system is groaning under the weight of sheer numbers so what is to happen to these wretched patients? Where should they be left to die? Should an overworked doctor and a crowded hospital merely discharge these persons, literally abandon them, and move on to other lives which have hope of being saved? are the questions for individuals to the think over and answer…

But it was tough to see and spend time there even for a day… Hats off these young girls, the staff, and the whole Karunashraya team; who take cAre when there is no hope to cUre…

Swapneel*

PS: You can catch all the snaps here… Community Teamworks 2008 and Community Teamworks 2007

Some selected snaps-

Team A and swapsshah...

Team A and swapsshah...

The team... (Community Teamworks 2008)

The team... (Community Teamworks 2008)

Karunashraya staff at the silk farm... (Community Teamworks 2007)

Karunashraya staff at the silk farm... (Community Teamworks 2007)

Karunashraya staff at the silk board... (Community Teamworks 2007)

Karunashraya staff at the silk board... (Community Teamworks 2007)

The team... (Community Teamworks 2007)

The team... (Community Teamworks 2007)

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  1. Hi Swapneel I was going through the Karunashraya website when I came across your blog. I was checking this site as my uncle is a terminally ill Cancer patient and wanted more information. Really appreciate your contribution and work done. Though we have not yet decided whether to make my uncle spend his time in Karunashraya I am actually deeply moved and am interested in spending time and helping the members of karunashraya. Please do let me know if you are involved actively in this and can I join you or your group to volunteer for this good and noble cause. Thanks in advance

    Venkat

    January 20, 2009 at 11:53 am

  2. Hello Venkat,

    Its very nice of you that you are willing to spend time for others and the community… Especially at a place like Karunashraya where you actually fell the pain with the people there, as you give them your time…

    Both the times I visited the place was as part of my company initiative where each of us gets an opportunity to spend a single calender day of office for the community… I think we need to have a prior permission to visit the place… Visitors are not allowed to talk, interact or spend time with the patients because most of them are sick and are in severe pain… Furhter it is sometimes disturing for them and and few take it offensive to know that people have come to ‘see’ them…

    The organization however arranges few annual and periodic events where we can contribute… I will surely get in touch with you for next time we visit the place and update you if there are any events…

    Needless to say organizations of this type run on funds and donations which we can always contribute to…

    Warm Regards,
    Swapneel*

    Swapneel Shah

    January 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm


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