“Feeding a hungry soul is thousand times better than offering Ambrosia to the Devas”
Selfless service is a virtue rarely seen. Luckily for the people of Darjeeling, this is not the case. Established in 1987 by Alok Bhartia’s daughter, Ragini Bhattacharya (née Bhartia), The Alok Bhartia Charitable Trust is a philanthropic organization that looks after the homeless and destitute in Darjeeling. It provides the impoverished with food, shelter and rehabilitation so that they can lead a healthy and productive life.
The best thing about this organization is the variety of services it offers to the poor. In 1990, the trust set up a school for the underprivileged children called ‘Alok Bhartia Gyanodaya Vidyalaya’. The children are given quality education on minimal charges. The children are also provided with nutritious and tasteful mid-day meals. Among other facilities, the trust includes is a medical care center with 200 beds and state-of-the-art diagnostic tools. The orthotic and prosthetic workshop gives the disabled a chance to reclaim their life and be happy. Most of all, the Vocational training center endows the needy with helpful skills that’ll keep them up on their feet.
The success stories of Alok Bhartia Charitable Trust speak volumes. One of the most inspiring stories is that of Yash, a 6-year-old boy with moderate mental retardation who was abandoned by his parents on the streets of Darjeeling. When the trust took him in, he was scared and unable to communicate properly. He was diagnosed with acute Down syndrome and a small non-cancerous tumor near his nasal cavity. The medical team of Alok Bhartia Charitable Trust did a remarkable job of removing the tumor without any negative repercussions. Yash has since then been placed in an environment friendly to special children under the guidance of trust educators and councilors who excel in their respective fields.