Established in 1949 by Baba Amte and Sadhana Amte, Anandwan is a rehabilitation community centre for patients with leprosy and other deformities as well as the downtrodden in society located in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.
Since 1969, Anandwan has been organising the ‘Shram Sanskaar Chhavani,’ a camp for youth rejuvenation. Students and adults from all parts of India attend this one week camp. The theme of this year’s camp was ‘Jodo Bharat Abhiyaan - The Revival!’ This year the camp organizers invited MOHAN Foundation to speak about organ donation and set up information desks from 17th-20th May 2019.
600 campers were present during the initial talk given by Dr Ravi Wankhede. Following his talk, Dr. Hemal Kanvinde, Mr. Bulu Behera and Mrs Kanchan Shwede manned the information desk. A room was provided to set up a registration desk. A banner, standee and a big donor card were placed to invite the campers to come and clarify their doubts.
A total of 250 campers collected the registration forms and pledged their organs. Many queries were clarified. An impromptu session on brain death and protocols in hospitals was conducted for 6 campers who were deeply interested in the subject. Separate information desks were placed at the forestry site and blood donation site.
It was heartening to see the culture of doing good for others so much imbibed in the campers through this camp. Many of them wished to take the cause back to their towns.
The granddaughter of Shri Amte, Dr Sheetal Amte-Karajgi and her husband Mr. Gautam Karajgi also pledged their organs and promised to promote the cause.