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Sunday, 9 January 2011

Update: Aayush - The Brave-heart.

Following the earlier blog post and coverage by the news media of Aayush's tragedy, we had an outpouring of sympathy and offers of help for the young child; the debts incurred by Aayush's family towards his hospitalization were wiped out within a few weeks of the blog post and the news media coverage.

The problem that stared us in our face when we first decided to raise funds for Aayush's rehabilitation was to ensure that the funds were routed in a manner that was transparent and the most effective. Thankfully, a not-for-profit organisation - SRUTI (Society for Rural, Urban & Tribal Initiative) - has come forward to help route funds to the service providers towards Aayush's rehabilitation. 

Established in 1983 by the late Tara Ali Baig (Founder - SOS Children's Village) and Ela Bhatt (Director, Self-Employed Women's Association - SEWA) amongst others, SRUTI is based in New Delhi. It supports social and development action in India, and has impacted the lives of thousands of people, including marginalised women, men and children by facilitating grass root level initiatives across rural and urban India.

Aayush now needs to be fitted with prosthetics and the task of equipping him with the prosthetics has been entrusted to 'TOTAL Orthotics and Prosthetics India Private Limited' at Noida. The prosthetics will approximately cost INR 3.5 lakhs.

We have available with SRUTI close to INR 1.2 lakhs and this leaves us short of the required funds by INR 2.3 lakhs. Hence, the need to mobilise a further INR 2.3 lakhs urgently as the prosthetics' fitting will in all likelihood take place on Monday. 

Kindly help us put the required amount together. In addition to contributing yourself you could perhaps encourage others to pitch in. Please help this post go viral on the internet or ask your friends in the media to help raise awareness about the tragic circumstances that Aayush finds himself in for no fault of his. Details required for remittance of funds are given below:

1. For remittances in Indian Rupees within India, including those from NRE Accounts (online remittance or through NEFT Transfer from your bank branch):
Name of the Account: SRUTI
Name of the Bank: AXIS BANK 
Branch: K-12, Green Park Main, New Delhi – 110016
Savings Bank Account Number: 015010100074120
IFS Code: UTIB0000015

2. For remittances in foreign currency from overseas:

Name of the Account: SRUTI
Name of the Bank: CANARA BANK
Branch: C-10, Community Centre, S.D. Area, New Delhi – 110016
FCRA Savings Bank Account No: 0346101008823

3. Cheques drawn in Indian currency may be mailed to:

Ms. Shibani Chaudhury.
Executive Director.
SRUTI (Society for Rural, Urban & Tribal Initiative).
Q-1, 1st Floor, Hauz Khas Enclave,
New Delhi.
PIN 110016.
Telephone: +91-11-26569023.

All donations, especially those made through online banking or through NEFT, need to be followed up with an email to the following email ids immediately so that SRUTI can channel the funds to the account set up for Aayush's rehablitation and we too are able to track the funds raised:

Donations to SRUTI will benefit under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act which entitles the donor to deduct 50% of the donated amount from the taxable income.

Those who wish to speak with Aayush may do so at +91-9931470678 and +91-9560993580. He is a very brave and  intelligent boy and we would like to see him going back to school and do well in life.

Here's hoping you have had a cracker of a start to the new year.

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