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Anandwan: A Journey from Stone to Milestone to Milestone (Part 2)

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SubscribeFiled Under: Export, India,by Neeraj

A detailed essay from my second visit to Anandwan. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Social Enterprise Entrepreneur and Scientist, Dr. Vikas Amte, and learn about the Green and Industrial Revolutions that he has brought about in Anandwan … a journey that Dr. Amte says goes from “stone to milestone to milestone.”

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Leprosy Hospital

We met Dr. Vikas Amte’s cousin, Dr. Vijay Pole, at Anandwan’s Leprosy Hospital. Vikas Amte says, “I see God in him”, because if it wasn’t for him he wouldn’t be able to do his scientific experiments in Anandwan. Dr. Pole, a Leprologist, gave us a tour of the hospital, which has separate wards for male and female patients. He said all the staff members are leprosy-cured patients since it is difficult to find people to work in the hospital, .

Leprosy hospital's female ward

Leprosy hospital’s female ward

We learned that leprosy is a mildly contagious disease but ceases to be so only after a few days of treatment with Multidrug Therapy (MDT) pills, which are to be taken for a period of 6 or 12 months depending on the number of “patches” on the skin. If there are 5 or less patches, then the patient is treated with MDT for 6 months. However, if there are more than 5 patches, then 12 months of medication is required.

Video: Anandwan’s Shakuntala – The Girl with the Perpetual Smile

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“Give them a chance, not charity.” – Baba Amte

This is Shakuntala – the girl with the perpetual smile on her face – who lives in Anandwan. She is a victim of cerebral palsy by birth and cannot talk, walk or use her hands. Yet she will bring a tear in your eye when you see her beautifully threaded greeting card that she stitches using only her toes.

The always smiling Shakuntala

The always smiling Shakuntala

Here is a video of Shakuntala chatting with Mr. Pramod Bakshi, Guest Co-ordinator at Anandwan, and stitching a card with her feet at the same time.

Anandwan: A Journey from Stone to Milestone to Milestone (Part 1)

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SubscribeFiled Under: Export, India,by Neeraj

A detailed essay from my second visit to Anandwan. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Social Enterprise Entrepreneur and Scientist, Dr. Vikas Amte, and learn about the Green and Industrial Revolutions that he has brought about in Anandwan … a journey that Dr. Amte says goes from “stone to milestone to milestone.”

Click for: Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four

A picture of Baba Amte with his wife, Sadhana Tai Amte

A picture of Baba Amte with his wife, Sadhana Tai Amte

Baba Amte's philosophy in words...

Baba Amte’s philosophy in words…

Adarsh Society: Anandwan

At a time when the Adarsh Society housing scam in Mumbai was making headline news, Dr. Vikas Amte, the elder son of Baba Amte, jokingly said that Anandwan is “Adarsh Society” (Adarsh means Ideal). Dr. Amte said there is “no beggar, no rape, no police station and no crime” in Anandwan, a co-operative village located in the dry Vidharbha region of Maharashtra state. However, it is the things that Anandwan does have that make it so endearing. Anandwan really is Adarsh Society that showcases the best of human potential and can inspire even the most casual of visitors.