Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Reality Tours and Travel News...Responsible Tourism Awards Ceremony

Ray Way, Chairman of Reality Gives and father of our founder Chris felt very honored when he received the awards in the sections "Best Poverty Reduction" and "Overall Winner" on behalf of the RTT team during the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards Ceremony two weeks back. Read here about the event and how proud he is to be part of our team:
"My name is Ray Way, my son Chris and his partner Krishna Pujari formed Reality Tours in 2005.   I chair Reality Gives UK which gives additional support to Reality’s activities in India.

The sheer breadth and diversity of the activities of the companies participating in the awards ceremony was truly amazing.  One that particularly caught my eye was the Huilo Huilo biological reserve in Chile – a must for a future holiday.  The stories that some had to tell were truly impressive.  Perhaps most important was the obvious enthusiasm and commitment of the participants which was infectious.  It seemed more like a celebration than a competition for award.

On behalf of Reality I was delighted to receive the awards for Poverty Reduction and the overall award for 2012 – it was a very emotional moment for me and a wonderful recognition of eight years and commitment by Chris, Krishna and the team.  Later at the evening reception I was touched by the number of generous comments I received.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Reality Gives Connection Project...Barefoot Acupuncture Site Report

The women section of the clinic

Barefoot Acupuncturist Dharavi Clinic is located in the midst of Dharavi Slum in Mumbai. It’s a precious stone of fraternal help in a multi-cultural neighborhood.
The neighborhood has an highly active population and life never ceases on the narrow alleys and streets, making Dharavi an authentic maze to anyone that doesn’t know the area.

BA Dharavi Clinic is at one brilliant corner of this amazing maze. You would never guess that at this particular spot someone set up a western style multi-bed clinic to help anyone in need.

Satish and the expert volunteer Valerie
The Clinic is full of people, and the variation goes from full to extremely full. 80‰ of the people that come to us mainly have pain related complaints and post-stroke recovery needs.

Acupuncture is a serious business in this part of the world, and its exactly that seriousness that founded this project, and more than that, it provides the clinic results we, as acupuncturists, can observe as the works progresses. Every person is a single case and response takes its own individual time, but progression is undeniable as we see the people siting outside waiting for their turn to receive treatment. 

Our team is composed by two indian full-time acupuncturists, one assistant, and an occasional volunteer that takes part of the project. The full time acupuncturists amazingly manage alone most of the patients regardless of numbers – everyone that shows up receives treatment with equal concentration and commitment.
The clinic is always packed

“I arrive at the Clinic every morning at 9:15am. Our assistant Mitali, and my colleague acupuncturist Vrushali, are already there preparing everything that is required for treatments, I say “good morning” to everyone, and go around to make sure everything is at its right place. Then I sit on my chair to have my morning chai and prepare myself to work. Patients start to show and sit patiently at the waiting room with their file on their hands and the eagerness for their turn. Every time I feel surprised when I look at them and realize that they come not for regular medicine but for a treatment with needles. Happiness and satisfaction fills me when I greet them in, and happy faces greet me back with “namaste”. Some lay down on the treatment beds, some sit on chairs as they come in and wait for me.
My first patient, Mr Nadar who lives nearby, has pain in his right leg and he’s coming to the clinic for 2 months now. I ask him how is he feeling about his complaint, he replies that he has had an improvement of 80‰ and that he feels much better but still some little pain remains. He’s very happy and rests on the treatment bed with total faith. I start my treatment as always taking his pulse and seeing the tongue, then I apply acupuncture.
To be able to witness this is pure happiness to me and I’m thankful to Barefoot Acupuncturists which had given me the way of joyful, blissful life and inner peace.” Satish, Acupuncturist at BA Dharavi Clinic

Satish and Walter, the founder of
Barefoot Acupuncturists from Belgium
“I am suffering since one year from pain in leg and lower back. I have done so many treatments but didn’t found relief. When I started treatment at Barefoot Acupuncturists at Dharavi Clinic I got an improvement of 80‰ in my pain. I take treatment twice a week since 2 months. I’m truly thankful  to Barefoot Acupuncturists.” Mr A.M. Nadar testimony from 9.11.12

This article was written by Chetan Sharma, a staff member of Barefoot Acupuncturists

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Reality Gives Connection Projects...CORP Children with Disabilities Program #2

This week we present you three more great individual stories from the CORP Children with Disabilities Program in Dharavi. 

You can help these and more kids of the program by donating. Find more information on .

My name is Ram and I'm nine. My father works as a helper in Plasticware Manufacturing Company. Also, during his spare time, he sells vegetables at the market. Due to financial constraints, it is difficult to make ends meet. My mother is hardworking and takes care of me and my twin brother Shyam. We stay in a rented house.

Sadly, I have multiple deformities and I was born with a slight mental deficiency. Also, I am spastic from below the waist. However, after I underwent tongue surgery, I can speak sparingly and thank to therapy I am able to move my limbs! Now I am attending a Special School and I am progressing in my studies, this really gives me a strong motivation to keep working hard! 

I was born with a physical disability that did not allow me to walk, and since my father died when I was young and my family is poor I thought I had no chances to change my life. However, thank to the operation performed to my feet and financed by CORP I can now walk, even though with calipers. This has given me enough strength and will to believe in myself that I have sat and passed my TYBCom Exam and I found a job in a call centre. It’s like climbing the ladder to success!!! Together with my happiness there is also that of my family, overjoyed for my success since they never dreamt of me achieving so much in spite of all the difficulties I have had to face. 

I am a physically challenged boy and not being able to walk has prevented me from doing many things, this made me feel different and took away all my motivation to work in order to build a better future. Then CORP provided me with calipers and this has changed my life and my goals: now I can walk and I have also managed to go back to my studies and complete them, I also took a training course and passed the BscIT Exam. I like IT so much that I am currently doing a Graphic and Web Design and PHP course and I hope to be able to find good job in the future. Right now I can say that my experience has taught me a lot and I hope it will be useful to someone else one day.