Nestled in the hilly terrain of the Aravallis, ten kilometres from Udaipur, is an NGO called Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS). For the past 35 years, the organisation has treated over three lakh people with disabilities free of cost.
Started in 1985 by Kailash Agarwal Manav, a Padma Shri awardee, NSS initially focused on social services like treating poor people free of cost. It was only in 1997, that the organisation started treating people with disabilities. Now, its mission is to rehabilitate people with disabilities and help them lead an independent life.
The NGO helping underprivileged differently-abled people by providing them free medical treatment as well as free education. However, what makes NSS unique is the fact that it provides vocational training to people with disabilities while they are undergoing treatment.
NSS offers corrective surgeries to polio victims, cerebral palsy patients, and those suffering from disabilities by-birth.
Apart from its two hospitals in Udaipur, NSS has 480 branches across India, and 49 branches abroad to treat people with disabilities. It has also set up a branch in Uganda, where it claims to have helped over thousands of people with disability.
The organisation has 125 medical staff in its Udaipur hospital who carry out 70 surgeries per day. One of its hospital located in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh, offers callipers (Leg supporters for handicap people), modular equipment, tricycles, wheelchairs, and prosthetic limbs for free.
Until a patient is treated completely, the NGO takes care of their lodging and food for free.
Prashant said NSS has become a beacon of hope for the underprivileged and differently-abled people because it offers complex medical treatments, which are often not carried out by surgeons elsewhere in India.
n order to keep the costs low, the organisation manufactures its own prosthetics at its facility. Every year, the organisation offers over 25,000 callipers and 11,000 modular artificial limbs to people with disabilities.
Previously, NSS has also conducted a high-tech clinical trial in its hospital in Udaipur, where it invited skilled surgeons from Bengaluru to help in carrying out the operation, reports Patrika.
In addition to this, the organisation also focuses on empowering people with disabilities. Speaking on their empowerment, Prashant said,
NSS has skilled over 8,750 specially abled individuals since 2011 in mobile repairing, computer training, and sewing among others.
Apart from treating and empowering differently-abled people, the organisation has also helped the underprivileged and orphaned children by giving them free education under the banner ‘Narayan Children Academy’ since 2015. In addition, the organisation also carries out mass weddings of people with disabilities.