Our Diary of the little changes we are creating in the lives of Melghat adivasis
Sunday 16 May 2021
Covid Warriors Recognition
Considering the work MAHAN carried out in days of Pandemic, .Dr. Ashish & Dr. Kavita Satav are recognized as Covid Warriors at the hands of Mr. Koshyari-Honorable Governor of Maharashtra on 16th Jan 2021 at Rajbhavan.
2nd Jun 2020, was one more day filled with different experience for MAHAN team. A tribal, in coma condition was admitted in our hospital. We could bring him out of coma & saved his life. He was discharged after that. This patient was born on 1st Jan 1929. He was the oldest patient we served & could save in Melghat till date.
We are thankful to all donors & supporters who helped to make MAHAN hospital fully equipped so that we can treat such cases.
This winter we are excited to feature a story of how project Knitathon UAE with the help of Supporting a Cause and an NGO MAHAN was able to keep infants warm in the remote areas of Melghat, in Central India.
This unique act of giving was able to bring
love and kindle joy in the life of those
in need. Each blanket that was distributed
has a knitted heart on it to show the children
that someone somewhere cares about them.
When god knows that he has to serve very huge number of populations, he gave birth to angels on earth. Eighty-two years back, god in India selected you as one of his angels and you arrived on earth (small village in Akola) with special mission to serve Indian poor people.
Sixteen years before, I used to think that rich people have nothing to do with the society. But your appearance in our life has completely proved it wrong and changed my mindset. We (myself, Kavita and whole caring friends associates) saw a father in form of you. When Nico Nobel, a philanthropic man from the Netherlands introduced you about our work, I was surprised to listen your voice on phone. Before that we used to hear your generosity about helping honourable Baba Amteji’s Anandwan.
We never imagined, a multimillionaire 70-year young person like you with equally like minded 65 plus years young Aunty will ever come to our hut like hospital in Melghat, just to know our work and to help us. But god proved it to true and send his two angels to MAHAN to help poor tribal people of Melghat. After your inspiring visit to MAHAN, your caring parental love on whole MAHAN family is flowing incessantly for 15 years. This is true love which has no expectations in return. Uncle, you are donating crores of your own hard earn money every year to 40 plus voluntary organisations (VO) across India ( e.g. Snehalya, Parivar, Nilimadidi, Mamoonbhai, etc.) without boundary of caste, religion or state and made them tall. Today, MAHAN can serve and benefited more than 5,00,000 poor tribal of India, only because of Caring friends and you. We started our tribal hospital in small hut 22 years back, now has grown to well equipped 30 bedded hospital, 5 bedded ICU and 5 operation theaters because of love and care by you and our Caring Friends. You are always ready to help me, my wife and son whenever needed.
Uncle, you and your family not only donate money but always offer your home and homemade food in Mumbai for voluntary workers like us whenever we have some work in Mumbai. We all caring friends associate voluntary organisations are so lucky to have donor like you who literally does not expect anything after donation of huge money, time, accommodation, food and personnel love. Uncle, even though you being so rich by wealth and mind, you were living in very simple small flat in Mumbai. Imagine a person donating crores of Rs. every year living in small house with a small car, aunty till the age of 70 used to manage all house hold work herself. This is called real greatness. People in corporate and business sector of Mumbai call you “Saint” which is 100% true as you have no attachment to wealth or fame.
I do remember, once I went to Mumbai to your office, as usual you inquired any financial problem in MAHAN. I shared with you, ongoing financial crisis about paying staff honorarium at 5 pm. We were surprised to see a huge donation from you to MAHAN to solve that crisis before I reach to MAHAN office on the third day. This is only possible because of your intense desire to help the poorest of the poor people of country. It is like a love of a mother to lakhs of poor children of country.
As mother along with love, some time beat the child to keep on right track, similarly if you find some of your caring friend associate is not able to follow discipline, you like a hard core teacher also with full love immediately try to point out our mistakes and bring us on track.
It is said that a real leader is that person, who create his second generation during his life to propel his work. Uncle, you nurtured similarly two next successors like Nimeshbhai Sumati and Prakashbhai Apte, who are equally emotional, dedicated, caring, down to earth, rich philanthropic people. They have volunteered your responsibility of Caring Friends to help millions of poor people of India through more than 50 voluntary organisations.
It is said that love and compassion is inherited genetically in children. Uncle, you and aunty have proved it by own example. Ashishbhai Kacholia, son of this noble couple is equally generous to help voluntary organisations and poor people of India by donating own hard-earned money. Vaibhav your younger son is also trying to help MAHAN whenever feasible.
I salute you uncle by heart and wish that god will give you 100 years of active, healthy, peaceful and prosperous caring life to serve mother India. I am dedicating whole work of MAHAN on your feet on your 82nd birthday as it was not possible for MAHAN to serve the society without parental support of you and Caring Friends.
A Letter from father (Dr. Ashish) to his son (Athang), on Athang's Birthday
19 years before your appearance in this world was great gift to us. As you are very active now , you were in utero and while coming out took cord around neck. It was very tough decision for us as your foetal heart rate was going down and our heart beat increased. Suddenly Dr. Leena mavashi took our sign on emergency LSCS. Since birth you were so matured that your aai had to underwent second surgery on 3rd day after your birth and your were sleeping quietly without crying for milk for half day. Probably it was effect of GEETAI I used to sing near to your aai when you were in utero.
When you became one year old we celebrated your birthday in one tribal village by distribution of sweets to poor tribal children. You were so happy to share your sweet with those innocent kids. When you were 4 months young, your aai provided half of her milk to another new-born baby for 15 days as his mother couldn't breast feed him. You happily accepted it.
Kavita used to visit tribal villages when you were barely six months young with you to treat poor people in villages. She used to tie you under some tree in villages and treat patients. You always cooperated her. When you were an infant, at that time electric load-shedding was quite common for 18 hours a day sometime 8 to 10 days a month. During summer when temperature used to be 48 degree centigrade, many nights you tolerated without fan and we both used to put you in cradle and tie wet clothes around you to keep you cool.
Many times you developed severe illness in Melghat. At that time, there was no pediatrician in Melghat and we both used to treat you by reading Nelson book of pediatrics. Though both of us were highly qualified doctors, we couldn't provide pediatrician services for you but you never complained.
Once, we went to Baba Amte's Anandwan for sharing our social work with youths in program organized by Dr. Avikaka Saoji. We were busy in guidance of youths, while playing you suddenly disappeared in crowd of some big mela in Anandwan. When we realized it after our program, we couldn't locate you. Both of us were so shocked as you were just 3 years young. After some time, we got mobile call from you and we could somehow locate you on outskirts of Anandwan. We realized importance of technology and happy to understood importance of your tech-savvy nature.
Once there was scorpion on your bed in between your legs throughout night. He probably sensed patience from you and didn't bite and slept well in night. Once, Aai was shocked to see cobra snake under your feet and without training she caught the poisonous snake and saved you.
When there were fake cases against us, you very matured ly accepted the stress and never complained. You always happily accepted all difficult situations just to fulfill my wish of serving tribes.
One day one of our neighbour removed her generator connection from our home when you were in tenth standard and you couldn't study. That night was really painful for us. But in spite of all such odds you scored 96% in tenth though you studied in tribal village throughout your life.
Once we three were standing on Wardha railway platform. Suddenly you went to talk to a rag picker boy standing near the platform and talked with him for few minutes. We were surprised to see that you had no inhibition to talk to poor neglected child of society.
We can't forget when after declaration of tenth standard result you got 94% and we were so happy. But you became so nervous that you didn't accept sweet as you were expecting 96%. You made us to go for revaluation and surprisingly you were correct. SSC board increased your marks and you scored 96% and stood in Merit list. We are really very proud of you, beta
Suddenly once you declared that you want to become doctor to serve poor tribal of Melghat which was sweet surprise for us. Now you have become so independent and self-confident and got admission in Govt. Medical college. We both and MAHAN trust are happy that the second generation is ready to bear the weight of health of poor tribal for next 50 years.
Recently Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Ji, Hon’ble Vice President of India unveiled a book“The Vision of Antyodaya”, a study on Documentation and Compilation of Antyodaya Based Best Practices as propounded by Pandit Deendayal Upadhayaya, initiated by Indian Social Responsibility Network (ISRN) and supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India, on Wednesday, 12 February, 2020 at Vice President’s House, New Delhi.