Just over ten kilometres away from the tourist attractions of the lake city – Udaipur, a humble non-governmental organisation (NGO) Narayan Seva Sansthan (NSS) has been transforming scores of lives over the last 35 years.
Nestled between the hilly terrain of the Aravallis, NSS has built what it calls a ‘Smart Village’- a self-equipped compound which empowers underprivileged differently-abled people. The organisation’s noble work does not end there. Not only does NSS provide medical treatments free of cost, but also provide vocational skills training while the patients are in recovery.
The compound houses a modern hospital facility, a school, an orphanage, skills development centres, rehabilitation and physiotherapy centres as well. The organisation’s emphasis on free vocational training courses for people with disabilities is what makes NSS so unique.
NSS runs two hospitals which house 1100 beds in Udaipur, Rajasthan. Apart from that, 480 branches in India and 49 branches abroad work in tandem to alleviate disabilities.
While free-of-cost medical treatment is one of the bigger ventures of NSS, it’s emphasis on skills training and development is praiseworthy. Prashant Agarwal said, “NSS skilled over 8,750 specially enabled individuals since 2011 in mobile repairing, computer training and sewing among others.”
While NSS has become a brand in itself, in the months to come, it is planning to take on two ambitious initiatives.The first one is called the ‘My Need Help’ project which aims to collate social data with utilities like hospitals, ‘dharmashalas’ (guest houses), educational institutions etc. exclusively for the benefit of the differently abled people. The second project at hand is to open up a differently-abled friendly sports training facility in Udaipur.
Reference: The Logical Indian