On 27 November 2012 we made a £1m gift to Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti in Jaipur, India (also known as the ‘Jaipur Foot’).
The gift is an endowment to support the ongoing work of the organisation in making and fitting prosthetic limbs free of charge, and to support the work of the Paul Hamlyn International Research Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics.
Jaipur Foot works to support disabled people, particularly the poor, enabling them to regain mobility and become self-reliant and fully participating members of the community. Since its inception in 1975, Jaipur Foot has helped rehabilitate more than 1.3 million people, making it one of the largest organisations supporting disabled people in the world.
The Foundation has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Jaipur Foot, making numerous grants over the last 22 years. It was an organisation Paul Hamlyn took a personal interest in during the early days of the Foundation.
Jane Hamlyn, Chair of the Foundation, said: “We are delighted to announce this special gift to Jaipur Foot as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. Our funding will help Jaipur Foot to support many more people affected by severe disabilities regain their mobility and play an active role in society. Our mission is to help people to realise potential and maximise their quality of life, and our gift delivers this in a very direct way for many thousands of people in India and beyond.”
Mr. D.R. Mehta, Founder and Chief Patron of Jaipur Foot, added: “Paul Hamlyn Foundation has aided our development with several grants over many years. This endowment will provide a permanent source of support for us as we continue to research, create and fit limbs for thousands of people each year. We see it as great humanitarian work along with the promotion of scientific research.”
Speaking after the inauguration ceremony, Sachin Sachdeva, Director of the India programme, said: “It was a touching, and emotional experience for all concerned and in any case every visit to the BMVSS leaves one marvelling at how solutions to development problems that are led by the heart and worked on by the mind can make such a major change to people’s lives.”