Children living with cancer usually miss out on their education because of their prolonged medical treatment. To tackle this issue, the Dhanwantari Medical Trust (DMT), an NGO, will launch a project named ‘I Like School’ in August, which will involve giving basic primary education to those cancer-affected children who are from outside Maharashtra and have come to the city for treatment.
Dr Namrata Shikhare, DMT volunteer, said, “In the project “I Like School” we would be mostly conducting lectures for children on Maths, English and other interesting subjects such as dance, drawing and painting. The lectures will be given to these children in Gadge Maharaj Dharamshala Trust in Dadar. This helps them cope with their studies when they return to their home town. Going back to school gives the child the clear message that they have a future and potential for a full recovery from cancer.”
DMT has been working with cancer-affected children since 2005. The NGO has been conducting several activities for these children during their long stay in Mumbai. One of the NGO’s projects is called ‘Crafting a Smile’, which makes the child’s stay in Mumbai an interesting and bearable one. The children are taken for entertainment programmes such as a trip to the Byculla zoo, a trip to the Taraporewala aquarium, and the Nehru Science Centre, as well as a ‘Mumbai Darshan’ on an open-topped BEST bus. The project also involves New Year and Diwali celebrations, organising a magic show and various other fun programmes, such as a recent visit to a movie theatre to see the Jurassic World movie in 3D.
DMT’s Dr Amol Naikwadi said, “Our main aim is to make the kids forget the pain and to enjoy their life with caregivers. DMT also provides monthly foodgrain packets, anti-septic kits, counselling for the parents, besides many other activities.”
DMT also collects old newspapers and scrap paper from corporate offices and individuals’ homes for recycling, in order to raise fund for the various activities organised for the cancer-affected children, and to provide basic provisions to the child’s family.
Another DMT project, soon to be launched, is a public awareness programme about the ill-effects of tobacco and alcohol. This will involve volunteers and doctors doing doing street plays in front of schools and colleges.
Dr Sachin Tadge, who works with DMT, said, “We will be performing street plays where not just doctors but pharmacists will also be present to create awareness on the hazards of tobacco and alcohol for physical and mental health.”
Source: DNA India