The CHILD Foundation is a CRA-registered charitable organization run by an independent and passionate volunteer Board of Directors. The Board consists of experts in the field of medicine, health care delivery, accounting, finance, international development and project management.
The Foundation’s mission is “to reduce the mortality rate among underprivileged women and children in rural India by providing basic health care services and health education in a professional, efficient and effective manner, while respecting local culture, values and regulations.”
The Maya Devi Charitable Hospital, a 20-bed facility built in the rural community of Sarurpur Kalan, is the first major project undertaken by the Foundation in collaboration with Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial, and with major support from The Rotary Foundation. The hospital is staffed with nine medical staff which includes two gynecologists, two pediatricians, and four other medical staff including nurses. The hospital is operating on an Out-Patient basis since October 2nd, 2011. In 2014, an onsite clinical laboratory was established and a 5,000-watt solar power plant was commissioned to provide reliable power to the hospital. Between October 2011 and February 2017, the hospital logged-in over 100,000 patient visits.
The Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial led an effort to provide an education program which covered diverse topics such as personal nutrition, health & hygiene, clean drinking water, and protection from mosquito-borne diseases. Social issues such as the importance of educating girls, appropriate age of marriage, prevention of abuse and domestic violence, family planning, etc. are also being addressed. Between May 2014 and February 2017, over two thousand women attended these regular classes.
Once this hospital/clinic is financially self-sustaining, the Foundation intends to undertake new projects. Its vision is “to provide basic health care services to one million clients by the year 2030 and reduce the mortality rate by 80% by educating communities, leveraging disease prevention techniques, and innovating health care treatment/delivery approaches.”