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Projects Update and Overview - September 2017

Dear Members,

Aum Sri Sai Ram

Every member of HVB, continue to "sailently" participate in the wonderful and fantastic seva activities undertaken by Heart Valve Bank.

HVB is only able to carry out the noble work, entrusted by our Beloved Baba, purely because of His unconditional Love and Grace on us and your kind support.

Over the years you will have seen the published financial reports. I am delighted to inform you that our 2016 financial statements are filed with Charities Commissioners and are now available on the website.

You all are aware, HVB does not carry out any commercial activity nor any fundraising activity, therefore, the only source of income it has is the donations it receives as a result of the kind generosity of its well-wishers i.e. you the members.

You all will be pleased to learn that our incoming donation level has broadly remained the same over the years. The number of donors and the monthly standing orders have remained the same. This can only happen when God is the Operator. We just need to co-operate. With God there is no failure and I am convinced if this.

The monthly updates provide detailed report and statistics of the activities we are participating in and the impact it has on the poorest of the poor individuals and recipients.

Not only the individuals are affected but the entire family goes through phenomenal amount of pain and misery. We all are truly blessed that our Beloved Master is allowing us to participate, no let me correct myself, is allowing us to witness His work.

I am sure we are all aware of how HVB came into being. And since then HVB has witnessed some astonishing work. All of which was only possible due to His grace and love for HVB. After all it is His work !

Since inception, we have undertaken numerous projects and activities, with prime focus in the field of Sociocare and Medicare.

Our projects, each one of them, continue to flourish from strength to strength.

Projects Overview

Virat Hospice, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

The prime objective at Virat is to provide care for terminally ill cancer patients helping them toward a peaceful and dignified passage in their ultimate journey.

Virat Hospice continues to make progress by leaps and bounds. A 2 bed hospice, back in 2013, has now become an "institution" with the capacity for 50 with the underlying ethos of providing love and care, free of cost, to all those that arrive at the door steps.

HVB continues to play a pivotal part in the expansion of the facilities at VIRAT. With the grace and blessings of our Beloved Master, we have relocated to a bigger and better location.

The new site is much larger and modern with further option for expansion in the future.

Sharing a few pictures:

"Beautiful surrounding is half the cure"
Picture taken from HVB OPD

Positivity breeds positivity –Local participation - seeing the selfless work being done the local community donated an ambulance!

Prayer time at the Hospice

Staff and Volunteers

New Ward

"Patient converting his terminal illness into a celebration"

Sathya Sai General Hospital Ch. Pothapalli

HVB has been associated with this project since inception in 2009. Thousands and thousands of people have benefited from the services provided. The project continues with expansion and the village itself has now become a "Model Village" that facilitates

  • The General Hospital
  • Vidya Giri School
  • Deena Bando project
  • Vocational training centre
  • Veda Pathshalla
  • Temples

  > In planning – Nursing care for terminally ill.

Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital, Surat, Gujarat

At the Hospital in Surat we continue to provide support with Ophthalmic surgeries. HVB has donated two Phaco machines in the past to this hospital which help in removal of cataracts. Countless surgeries have been carried out and long may it continue !

Sri Sathya Sai Dharmashala Dental Clinic, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

The dental clinic continues to provide the much-needed dental care in the villages surrounding Puttaparthi. Facilities provided consists of consultations, fillings, scaling, extractions, root canal treatment and routine emergencies. As the word is spreading and the demand on the clinic is on the increase. And therefore on HVB !

Cardiology

Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Science Puttaparthi and Whitefield

We continue with our work in field of Cardiology, the epicentre of HVB projects. HVB has offered hundreds of heart valves to SSSIHMS to date and continues to do so.

In collaboration with Fortis Hospital Mumbai, HVB has also commenced heart transplant surgeries on a regular basis.

Fortis Hospital Mumbai and Sunshine Hospital Hyderabad where majority of operations are carried out, presents us with large number of complex cases which require expert help and HVB always obliged.

Recently we successfully carried out a most complex twin heart valve operation at Fortis Hospital.

Cancer

We have treated a number of cancer patients in cancer hospitals in Bangalore and also in Mumbai.

Other – Medical Camps/Free Food for all

We actively participate in medical camps in Maharashtra - Mumbai, Nasik and Shirdi in collaboration and cooperation with SSS Seva Organisation of Maharashtra and Goa and in Gujarat in collaboration with SSS Seva Organisation of Gujarat.

HVB is now also involved with Nitya Free Anna Seva project in Puttaparthi where food is provided to all free of cost.

In a nutshell...

HVB does not miss a single opportunity whenever our dearest lord shows a new avenue.

And finally...

Thank you all for your love, support and generosity. The impact of your action to the poor and destitute needy is just immeasurable.

The gratitude of the cancer patients and their families is for you all. You all are recipients of the blessings from those ophthalmic patients whose vision gets restored and is able to see properly for the first time.

When the Cardiac surgeon comes out of the operating theatre and says “all went well” and the tears of joy and happiness start flowing; the gratitude and the blessings that flows straight from the heart, as a result, is for you all.

WITH GOD THERE IS NO FAILURE...

Action speaks louder than words. YOU ALL ARE TRULY BLESSED.

Jai Sai Ram

Pradeep Chotai


 

 

 

 

HVB Update - September 2017

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Aum Sri Sai Ram

General news

We wish all our members a very good health and prosperity and thank them for their continued support for all our HVB activities.

HVB projects have made a great difference in the lives of many poor and elderly members of community, especially in India. Our main focus continues to be in areas of Medicare and Sociocare.

In past few weeks HVB has made a timely donation to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, Prasanthi Nilayam- to be utilised for Prasadam seva during the forthcoming Navaratri and Dashera celebrations in September 2017. Thousands of pilgrims congregate every year at the Prasanthi Nilayam ashram in Puttaparthi during the ten-day festival.

The Virat Hospice, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

The management at the Virat Hospice have confirmed that 730 terminally patients have registered so far since they started this specialist care in April 2013.

At present 22 patients are receiving expert care provided by 12 attendants some of whom are patients’ family members. Full nursing care is available for all patients and with their new institution have a capacity to treat 48 patients. The Hospice complex has all the modern facilities provided in a clean environment. They have honoured HVB by naming their outpatient dept block as HVB OPD block.

Their work is constant meditation in which there is always a need to help the people who embrace the ideal of charity.

The Hospice has reported that with God’s grace and HVB’s continuous support these patients are able to have peaceful, comfortable and dignified passage in their last span of life.

Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital, Surat, Gujarat

The state president of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation in Gujarat reported that 68 surgeries were performed in August 2017.

HVB have donated two Phaco machines in the past to this hospital which help in removal of cataracts. The machines provide state of art eye care to the most vulnerable and needy people.

Phacoemulsification is a modern cataract surgery in which the damaged eye lens is emulsified and removed using ultrasonic handpiece.

Sri Satya Sai Dharamshala Dental Clinic, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

The management at the clinic reported that free treatment was provided to 684 patients in July 2017 and 562 patients in August 2017. Dental care provided consists of consultations, fillings, scaling, extractions, root canal treatment and routine emergencies.

The management at the clinic thanked HVB for continuing to providing support as it enables them to run two dental treatment rooms every day of the year except Sundays.

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Ch. Pothapalli, Andhra Pradesh

This hospital has been operating since 2009 with Bhagawan Baba’s blessings and providing free care to all patients. Patients come from 129 villages some of which are 70 Kms far.

Nearly 204,000 patients have accessed this facility so far of which 32,346 were treated in 2016. The general hospital and its subsidiary projects has been accredited as a Model Village as their services have expanded from medical, social and educational benefitting thousands of people.

The hospital has thanked HVB for providing support and enabling it to grow and treat so many poor and elderly people.

Pinakin Shah

(Trustee)


HVB Update - July 2017

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Aum Sri Sai Ram

General news

HVB projects are making a huge difference in people’s lives in India. Many poor sections of population are cared for in different ways.

Recently HVB donated an ambulance to Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS) which is an international, cultural, spiritual and not-for-profit NGO in India. It’s head office is in Pondicherry and has 350 centres worldwide. This Society helps the under privileged people in various areas of life - education, health care, social reform, self- sufficiency besides other benefits. They have thanked HVB for assisting them.

HVB would like to thank all our members for their continuing support and we pay gratitude to Bhagawan Baba for giving us such opportunities. Below are highlights of some charitable projects in which HVB have given direct support. All care is provided free to individuals.

The Virat Hospice, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

There are 16 patients at the hospice currently of whom 10 are males and 6 females.

5 attendants are giving daily care to these terminally ill inmates.

Virat hospice is committed to service for those disappointed patients who rise to death every moment after being diagnosed cancer. The quality of this institution is operated with the cooperation of society and does not get official government support. There is a family environment and attempt is made for every small desire of patient to be fulfilled.

Total number of registrants treated has reached a phenomenal 725 since the hospice started in April 2013. Patients are given free 24 hour nursing care, food and accommodation for their cancer maladies. The Hospice has moved to their newly built facility in beautiful surroundings and will have a capacity of 48 beds.

The CEO of the Hospice has thanked HVB and has sent an invitation to visit their new campus.

Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital, Surat, Gujarat

The state president of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation- Gujarat reported that 48 eye surgeries were carried out in May 2017 and 66 performed in June 3017. The lower figure in May 2017 was due to the eye clinic being closed for two weeks.

Arrangements are being made by HVB at present to donate a fully equipped dental chair and associated equipment to this hospital.

This will enable volunteer dentists to facilitate provision of free dental treatment to the poor and needy people coming from surrounding districts.

Sri Satya Sai Dharamshala Dental Clinic, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

The management at the clinic reported that free dental treatment was provided to 692 patients in May 2017 and 641 patients in June 2017 and it has been noticed that number of people seeking the care is steadily rising. The clinic have thanked HVB for supporting them.

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Ch. Pothapalli, Andhra Pradesh

The team at Pothepalli hospital has thanked HVB for helping in the maintenance of this hospital which is a living testimony of Bhagawan Baba’s legacy in rural India.

About 130 villages benefit from the care provided by this hospital, which also conducts general medical and eye camps in remote villages. Eye operations are performed in these camps and free spectacles are distributed to the needy patients.

Full meals are provided to all patients and attendees in the hospital.

Services rendered to nearby areas by the hospital has given it an acclamation of Model Village in India.

Hospital staff engage in promoting good health and positive vibrations in nearby villages and help people in self-development.

Pinakin Shah

(Trustee)


HVB Update - May 2017

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Aum Sri Sai Ram

General news

Our HVB projects continue to do exceptional work throughout India enabling the very poor, ill and elderly people to get some solace in their daily lives. The projects range from lifesaving operations, cancer therapy, hospice treatment, heart and eye surgeries, general medical and dental treatment, food and clothing.

HVB would like to express our sincere thanks to all our members for supporting this service activities and of course this would not be possible without the blessings of our dearest Bhagawan Baba.

The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust have advised HVB that the annual Grama Seva conducted during Dashera festival will be discontinued from 2017. However, the Grama Seva will take place throughout the year in a different manner, with Swami’s Students going to targeted and needy villages every weekend. Swami graciously allowed HVB to participate fully in this stupendous program for many years. HVB would like to thank Sri Ajit Popat, who was our founding member and managing trustee, all the Grama Seva boys and HVB members who contributed their time and resources in past and are still motivated in participating in these types of service activities.

The Virat Hospice, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

The CEO reported celebrating their fourth anniversary in April 2017. They have registered their 665th patient and seen all kinds of cancer patients some with terrible case histories. Despite this the hospice staff and team have handles these cases with remarkable patience and kindness. Besides 24-hour nursing care the entire management of food and accommodation is given completely free from social cooperation.

The hospice has shifted from rented buildings to their own newly built campus and their capacity has increased from 18 to 48 beds. The CEO has again greatly thanked HVB team and members for making this hospice a success story.

Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital, Surat, Gujarat

The State president of SSS Seva Organisation-Gujarat reported that 86 eye surgeries were carried out in March 2017 and 97 surgeries done in April 2017

Sri Sathya Sai Dharamshala Dental Clinic, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

The management at the clinic reported that dental treatment was given free of charge to 380 patients in March 2017 and 540 patients in April 2017. Root canal treatment, fillings. extractions, gum treatment and emergency care are provided routinely. They have thanked HVB for supporting the clinic.

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Ch. Pothapalli, Andhra Pradesh

The team at Pothapalli hospital has profusely thanked HVB for the kind contribution towards this hospital which is a living testimony of Bhagawan Baba’s legacy in rural India.

From 24th April 2017, Maha Samadhi Day, full meals are being provided to all patients and attendees in the hospital.

Hospital highlights include:

  • Patients come from 129 villages
  • Maximum distance covered is 70 kms
  • Patients seen from 2009 (inception) to January 2017 is 203,668
  • Free medical care

This hospital has several subsidiary projects and one of them is SSS Deena Bando Project and highlights include:

  • 200 old and disabled beneficiaries
  • Daily distribution
  • of meals in 7 villages
  • 62,600 meals served in 2016
  • 397,200 meals served from 201 (inception) till now
  • Aim is to feed 1000 people daily free of charge

New projects to follow include SSS Vedic School, Sri Maha Lakshmi Temple, SSS Vocational Training Centre for Village Women Empowerment and Water facilities for animals.

HVB continues to care and support the poor and needy in the spirit of Love All, Serve All. Hands that pray are holier than lips that pray.

We thank our beloved lord for allowing us at HVB to participate and witness the wonderful work He is undertaking.

Pinakin Shah

(Trustee)


HVB Update - March 2017

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Aum Sri Sai Ram

General news

It is with great pride to inform that Sri Ajit Popat’s book “The Divine Puppeteer” was released in Prasanthi Nilayam on 24th February 2017, being the holy day of Maha Shivaratri. The book contains all the talks given by Sri Popat in the immediate Divine Presence of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The talks took place in Sai Baba’s ashrams- Prasanthi Nilayam, Whitefield and Kodaikanal.

Sri Popat was the Founding Member and Managing Trustee of HVB. Although he is now retired, he is still the driving force, guide and inspiration by working tirelessly behind the scene.

All our Heart Valve Bank projects are progressing well and making a significant impact in lives of poor people in many parts of India. Our heartfelt thanks to HVB members who share in our vision for a better future amongst the less privileged population.

Following are brief reports of some of the HVB sponsored activities in India. All facilities where HVB are involved in give patients completely free care.

The Virat Hospice, Jabalpur. Madhya Pradesh

The Virat Hospice is a volunteer institute conducted by social collaboration with the social cooperation of the government. The cancer patients are given essential treatment, medicines, advice and 24 hour nursing care. A colleague and their food and accommodation are provided and so far 625 patients have benefitted in a warm beautiful environment.

The CEO of this organisation has thanked HVB for providing them unending support.

Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital, Surat, Gujarat

The State President of SSS Seva Organisation- Gujarat reported that 98 surgeries were carried in January 2017 and a further 60 surgeries performed in February 2017 at Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital, Surat.

The recent donation by HVB of a second Phaco machine which facilitates removal of cataracts, has greatly increased the capacity of this hospital. Dr Aparnaben is a specialist ophthalmologist who travels from Mumbai to Surat every month to carry out numerous eye operations on needy patients in Surat. She travels to Surat at her own expense and works voluntarily.

This month HVB have also sponsored this hospital’s dental care by donating a state of art dental chair, operating light, porcelain spittoon, micro motor, endodontic handpiece, scaler motor, light curing unit and compressor. All this equipment will enable the hospital to provide routine dental care to the needy patients. HVB have learnt that four dentists in

Gujarat will help provide this treatment free of charge. It is good to know so many kind people are blessed and motivated to come forward and do these acts of generosity.

Sri Sathya Sai Dharamshala Dental Clinic, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

The management of Dharamshala dental clinic informed HVB that they treated 423 patients in January 2017 and 312 in February 2017.

February statistics show 80 fillings, 90 extractions, 60 scaling and 15 root canal treatments were carried out.

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Ch. Pothapalli, Andhra Pradesh

The team at Pothapalli hospital has thanked HVB for the kind contribution towards this hospital which is a living testimony of Bhagawan Baba’s legacy in rural India.

Hospital is the central project of Sri Sathya Sai model village project. Subsequently other smaller projects have sprung up giving medicare and sociocare to hundreds of patients every month.

Highlights of the hospital’s activities for 2016 include:

  • 203,668 outpatients served since inception in Feb 2009
  • 32,246 outpatients seen in 2016
  • 28 medical camps in 28 villages
  • 102 eye operations
  • Patients come from 129 nearby villages

The hospital celebrated its’ 8th anniversary on 14th Feb 2017. The staff asked HVB trustees for a photo of Sri Ajit Popat which they wished to display in a prominent position in the hospital as an honour to his commitment and devotion to Bhagawan Baba and this hospital.

The hospital team have thanked HVB for constructing and maintaining the hospital and needless to say all care is provided free to patients.

The management of hospital are going to do Prana Pratishta of Sri Mahalakshmi Temple, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh on 30/04/2017 and have kindly invited HVB to join in with the celebrations

Pinakin Shah

(Trustee)


Launch of “The Divine Puppeteer”

The Divine Puppeteer launched at Prashanti Nilayam on the auspicious and holy day of Maha Shivrathri.

The book is a compilation of speeches and talks delivered by the author Sri Ajit Popat in the immediate Divine Presence. Our beloved lord lovingly addressed Sri Popat as Puppet.

It is HVB’s privilege and honour that Sri Popat is its Founder Member and the Managing Trustee since inception until December 2015 when he retired, however, still continues with all the activities of HVB.

The book was released by Sri R. J. Ratnakar, Member, Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Following which Sri Popat addressed the gathering.

Sri Ajit Popat address the event


HVB Update - January 2017

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Aum Sri Sai Ram

General news

Wishing all our members, donors, project co-ordinators, patients and well-wishers a very bright and soul fulfilling 2017. We pray all our service activities continue with same vigour and continue to receive divine grace to meet our new challenges.

HVB projects continue to make great strides in many rural areas of India and has helped improve health of thousands of people every year. The poor and elderly are main recepients of this Medicare.

The Virat Hospice, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh

The Virat Hospice has been running since April 2013 and has served over 615 patients so far. They bought new land last year as present facilities were not adequate to meet their expanding commitments. A new hospice, cancer centre and school are being built on this newly acquired land. By end of January 2017 twenty patients will be accommodated into two new blocks. Further blocks for kitchen and dining areas and other facilities will be completed in couple of months.

The CEO and management of Virat Hospice have thanked members and trustees of HVB for their continued support as they would not have progressed this far without them.

Sri Sathya Sai Eye Hospital, Surat, Gujarat

The State President of SSS Seva Organisation-Gujarat reported that 51 eye surgeries were completed in November 2016, and 78 surgeries in December 2016.

The Surat hospital has now acquired a new Phaco machine funded by HVB. This machine facilitates removal of cataracts in eyes.

Sri Sathya Sai Dharamshala Dental Clinic, Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh

The management of this clinic informed HVB that 350 patients were treated in November 2016 and a further 350 patients in December 2016.

HVB is sponsoring this clinic and two dentists are treating daily providing dental treatment free of charge to poor and needy people. Treatment carried out includes examination, fillings, extractions, scaling and emergency care.

Sri Sathya Sai General Hospital, Ch, Pothepalli, Andhra Pradesh

The team at Pothepalli hospital thanked HVB for maintaining its hospital. They expressed that with our continued support hundreds of villagers from surrounding areas are able to access free medical care every month. They highlighted that many diabetic and hypertensive patients would not have survived had HVB not been involved.

This hospital conducts regular general medical and eye camps in remote villages.

Hospital staff engage in promoting good health and positive vibrations in neighbouring villages by distributing food items on auspicious days. Villagers are encouraged to become self-sufficient and farmers are taught how to improve farming and use of pesticides and agricultural tools.

Andhra Pradesh government awarded “Smart Village Appreciation Certificate” to Ch. Pothepalli as they have recognised the valuable services offered by staff in the region.

The management have indicated their interest in having an added facility of telemedicine centre.

Pinakin Shah

January 2017


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