Today Uday Foundation is among few trusted grass root NGOs of India, with hundreds of national and international media reports, working to improve the lives of children with medical needs and mission to ensure dignity to homeless and disaster relief.
Team Members :
Rahul Verma, Founder (Also writes opinion pieces /articles for Times of India, NDTV and The Quint. Read here www.rahulverma.org
Dr. Tara (Head of Health Center)
MM Bhardwaj, Head of Operations
Anju Chawla, Head of Volunteering
Neha Bagga, Coordinator
Story of Uday Foundation | How little Arjunuday inspired his parents to start a small foundation for Health with Dignity.
Sometimes when you are dealing with a serious problem you watch the world wandering happily by and want to either a) cry b) drown your sorrows c) say some rude words or d) all of the above, because it seems you are the only one in this sorry situation. Well, you are not. Although there will be ups and downs you will come out the other side.
Rahul and Tulika met at Delhi College of Arts and Commerce where they both were enrolled for their graduation. Rahul lost his mother at a very tender age and lost his father too, few years after his graduation. Tulika lost her brother to cancer and both parents to cardiac arrest. Their common grief brought them closer to each other and they finally got married in 1998 at the age of 22 years.
In 2006 Arjunuday was born as a sibling to a healthy sister Lavanya. Tulika and Rahul Verma planned second baby to give a company to their daughter. It was a full term pregnancy without any complication.
The minute Arjunuday was born, the doctors found multiple congenital defects that shattered the dreams of the parents. They were devastated and could not understand why they were being punished in this way. They had no choice but to accept the inevitable reality and decided to give him the best possible medical care.
Perhaps this is a penalty he has to pay for being born in a third world country. Yes, when Arjunuday was only one hour old he had a price tag on his life. If parents If parents paid the price, they can have him, if not he has to go back to where he came from.
Tulika and Rahul went through phases of self-pity, denial, mutual accusations and anger towards the society, which was indifferent to their problems.
After 9 correction surgeries and 11 hospital stays , Now Arjunuday is just another child of his age but he cannot have voluntary bowel movements and require an artificial mechanism to empty his colon, a daily enema.
Today, Rahul runs foundation with the help of a dedicated team and Tulika continues her Job to support the family. They have dream to open a hospital in their ancestral village in Sikandrabad, UP someday.