What do you do if you don’t have enough money to pay for your child’s cancer treatment?
This is one of the difficult questions faced by some families in India today. Answering this question is one of the reasons Aroh, a non-profit that supports families with children enduring cancer treatment, was founded. Today on the podcast we will speak with Bindu Nair, the founder and managing trustee of Aroh, about her experience running a non-profit organization designed to support families navigating the many trials that cancer brings.
We know that childhood cancer is a very complex disease to treat. Curing patients and caring for families requires much more than a doctor and some medicine. It requires an entire community of people with many different skills working together. Non-profit or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are a vital part of that community. Many of them provide care for families in ways the medical system cannot or does not.
Aroh is one such organization. They focus on sustaining the child through treatment through medical, financial, nutrition, psycho-social and educational support. The organization is situated in the south of India, working for children with cancer in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.
I encourage you to listen to this episode, and maybe, if you’re blessed to be in a good financial position, consider donating. For more information about Aroh, visit their website at https://www.arohonline.org/ and consider what you could do to improve the life of a child with cancer today!
About Bindu Nair
Ms. Bindu N Nair is from Kerala, India and she started her journey in Social Work with Make-a-Wish India Foundation in 2003. It’s an international Foundation based in United States which works for granting wishes of children with life-threatening diseases. Ms.Bindu started Make-A-Wish India in Coimbatore. She worked with the organisation for 10 years till 2013.
During her interaction with children in different hospitals in the city, she understood that there are no NGOs working in the Childhood Cancer sector. She decided to do something about it and started Aroh-Givng Hope in 2013 with two of her like-minded friends.
It is a registered Trust with both 12A and 80G registration. Aroh is also registered in US and has 501 © 3 registration. It is an NGO for children with Cancer and their families. Aroh is a member of SIOP and CCI. Ms.Bindu is part of the Regional Committee of CCI Asia.
Aroh works with more than 40 hospitals all across South India, taking care of more than 1000 children and their families. The NGO offers Medical assistance, food and nutrition, Palliative Care, PsychoSocial support and Education to cancer kids. Aroh regularly conducts events for the children and also arranges awareness programmes. Aroh staff and volunteers address school and college students and spread awareness about Childhood Cancer.