Having benefited over 1.6 million handicapped individuals who all walk with dignity now, the world famous Jaipur Foot will be displayed in the Rotary International Celestial Convention in the American city of Atlanta. The four-day conference begins on Saturday.
Jaipur Foot which has a presence in 29 countries is developed and manufactured by the Jaipur -based Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS). It is a low cost but high in technology prosthetic developed indigenously. Various Rotary districts of the country had strongly recommended to the Rotary International that the unique artificial limb from India be displayed. The suggestion was appreciated and a suitable area was provided free of cost for display at the Atlanta Convention Centre.
One hundred years ago, at the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Rotary President Arch Klumph proposed creating an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” From the first contribution of $26.50, the Foundation has grown significantly and has spent more than $3 billion on programs and projects, a statement issued by BMVSS said.
“Let us celebrate in the city where it all began. We will look back proudly over a century of “doing good in the world” — and look ahead to the challenges Rotary will tackle in the century to come,” said Ratnesh Kashyap, a senior Rotarian who is also attending the Rotary International Convention. Largely because of his efforts, Jaipur Foot would now be seen by the 60,000 strong Rotarians from all over the world.
A two-member team of the BMVSS, led by its honorary secretary Dr Deependra Mehta and Vimal Kumar Singhvi, is already in Atlanta to showcase the Jaipur foot. Dr Mehta said that the BMVSS has benefitted thousands of handicapped persons in the special camps organised in various parts of India by providing them the Jaipur Foot. Dr Mehta said that he was happy that Jaipur Foot will now be seen by a large gathering of Rotarians from all over the world who could help their country’s handicapped by holding fitment camps. The BMVSS will help in holding such fitments camps by providing material and manpower.