This year, we have launched 'Healing Little Hearts' a life transforming project focusing on correction of congenital heart disease.
Birth defects of the heart occur in 8-10 of 1000 babies born and are amongst the most common of the congenital defects in children. With 28 million live
births happening annually in India, an estimated 1,80,000 babies are born with congenital heart disease every year. It is also sad to note that many of
these children are from families of low socio-economic status. While many are unable to avail the treatment they deserve, the minority who are detected early
and appropriately treated enjoy a normal childhood and grow in to healthy individuals.
About 15 children have already had cardiac interventions giving them a chance to have a normal like any other kids.
This is indeed a heart-warming project.
Another noteworthy project is 'Sound Of Music.' Hearing ability is important for children to develop speech and language skills
as they grow. Unlike many other disabilities, this can be corrected or mitigated in many children if detected early. Early intervention or correction
will reduce the impact of deafness on the life of the individual, vastly improving the quality of their lives. The Rotary Club of Madras Temple City
has been giving away hearing aids for children for a long time and this year, so far, we have distributed almost 250 of these devices to children.
This project is a sweet one because of the smile that it brings on each and every child who receives hearing aid. It is something which will linger
in one's thoughts for a very long time.