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SBM & Global Rainbow Foundation join hands for Jaipur Foot Camp in Mauritius

SBM & Global Rainbow Foundation join hands for Jaipur Foot Camp in Mauritius

A major improvement in this 3rd edition of the Jaipur Foot Camp in Mauritius is that it includes a rehabilitation team led by Dr Y. Gopalla, who uses one of the latest techniques in this field, the best-in-class ‘US Department of Veteran Affairs/ Department of Defence’ technique. (Image: Cecilia Samoisi)

The State Bank of Mauritius (SBM) has officially partnered with the Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF) to sponsor its 3rd Jaipur Foot Mauritius Camp to be held from 07 to 20 December 2014.

Besides a sizeable cheque of Rs 1, 495, 000, SBM is also offering 130 custom-made prosthesis, as well as training by foreign experts to beneficiaries and instructors.

One of the objectives of this rehabilitation is to enhance mental health, independence and quality of life of patients after limb amputation.

The press conference that took place today, November 20, 2014 at the SBM Tower in Port-Louis was an occasion for SBM to reaffirm its willingness to help the Mauritian society by offering equal chances to everyone, in line with their company`s objective.

“At SBM we want to empower the vulnerable and help them take giant strides towards equality,” said Head of Credit Underwriting of SBM, Pauline Seeyave.

“It is a great pleasure for us to partner Jaipur Foot Mauritius to build an equal and diverse society by giving mobility, dignity and bringing back joy to the lives of amputees who were previously facing multiple challenges and felt handicapped by their disability,” she added.

For his part, Founder and President of GRF, Armoogun Pursuramen, used the opportunity to make a short presentation on its organization and note how it has changed and will continue to change the lives of differently-abled persons, especially with the setting up of the new permanent centre at Pointe aux Sable next year.

“I would like to thank SBM for supporting us in this noble mission of empowering these differently able persons and giving them a second chance to go back to mainstream society and regain their dignity,” said Armoogun Pursuramen.

“Not only do we give them a limb, but we give them continuous support right from the start as we know that it is very difficult for differently-abled people to get on with their usual lives. We also give them the chance to reintegrate into society by placing them in a job, as most of the times, they are the only breadwinner for their families,” he said.

Among several testimonies for GRF was that of Mr Damaraj, who was the first beneficiary of the Jaipur Foot initiative, and recalled how much Mr Pursuramen has done for him from the time when he first met him in  the hospital.

“Mr Pursuramen was of great help during my journey to reintegrate into society. He first provided me with psychological support as I was very demotivated. With his encouraging words, he gave me a second chance to take care of my family as I was the only working member.”

A major improvement in this 3rd edition of the Jaipur Foot Camp in Mauritius is that it includes a rehabilitation team led by Dr Y. Gopalla, who uses one of the latest techniques in this field, the best-in-class ‘US Department of Veteran Affairs/ Department of Defence’ technique.

- By Cecilia Samoisi

About Global Rainbow Foundation:

Launched in November11, 2011, Global Rainbow Foundation (GRF) is a Mauritius-based charitable trust which aims at supporting persons with disabilities.

GRF vision is to become a key organization to empower differently able persons and vulnerable groups through Education and Training as well as to provide them the opportunity for holistic human development so that they can lead a happy and rewarding life with dignity and respect in the local and global community.

Their mission is to mobilize all available resources from well wishers in Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega, India, Senegal and other countries, as well as formulate and coordinate multifarious activities in order to unleash the hidden talents and unexplored potential of differently abled persons and vulnerable groups.

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