Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist non-profit FHSM maintains free eye clinics for underprivileged communities in India

- through Henry Oudin

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The socially engaged Buddhist non-profit organization Foundation of His Sacred Majesty (FHSM) has conducted a series of free clinics for underprivileged communities in India, where the organization runs several programs aimed at helping and empowering socially marginalized communities and economically disadvantaged.

In a series of reports shared with BDG, FHSM revealed that it has hosted five free eye clinics in recent weeks in the eastern port city of Chennai (formerly Madras),* with an additional eye clinic in Hyderabad, and that it had helped provide ongoing services. assistance and support to people who do not have access to expensive medical care.

FHSM organizes free eye clinics in the slums of Chennai. Images courtesy of the FHSM

“FHSM has conducted a total of five eye camps in Chennai,” FHSM President Rev. Gauthama Prabu shared with BDG. “We initially conducted four clinics in Kaspapuram, Kamarajapuram, Perambur and Tiruvottriyur areas, all of which are slums of Chennai, where FHSM helped 79 elderly people with free cataract operations and 492 poor people with free glasses. .

“We then completed a fifth eye clinic in the deprived area of ​​Peerkankarai in Chennai on September 8, bringing the total number of people helped in this latest round of clinics to 99 free cataract operations for the elderly and elderly. free glasses for 613 people in these communities.

“We thank all our doctors, well-wishers and well-wishers for contributing to the success of this event,” Rev. Prabu emphasized.

Headquartered in Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu, FHSM is founded and guided by the principles of socially engaged Buddhism and focuses on helping disadvantaged and marginalized communities. The foundation's activities are structured around four main proposals: protecting and conserving ecosystems; promote alternative health systems; social transformation through the strengthening of grassroots democracy and good governance; and sustainable livelihoods, education and social empowerment. The FHSM is affiliated with the International Network of Committed Buddhists (INEB).

The first FHSM eye clinic in Hyderabad. Images courtesy of the FHSM

“Blindness is one of the most debilitating health conditions and preventable blindness is a major international health problem,” said Rev. Prabu. “The World Health Organization estimates that 180 million people suffer from severe visual impairment (legally blind, by international standards). Cataract is the leading cause of blindness worldwide and 90 percent of this blindness occurs in developing countries. About 80 percent of blindness is preventable and can be prevented or cured with appropriate treatment. Thus, the FHSM aims to support 10 remote ophthalmological camps per year.

FHSM's free eye clinics are supported by Mumbai-headquartered All Cargo Logistics, and medical expertise is provided in cooperation with medical organizations such as Agarwal Eye Hospital and LV Prasad Eye Institute. 'Hyderabad.

“FHSM also completed its first free community eye clinic in the Moosapet suburb of Hyderabad, over 10 kilometers north of Chennai, on September 620,” Rev. Prabu noted. “Here we were able to help 21 elderly people with free cataract operations and over 66 people with free glasses. »

An oxygen concentrator donated to Praveen Raja, a 25-year-old postgraduate student. Images courtesy of the FHSM

Named in commemoration of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (rc 268-c. 232 BCE), a key figure in the spread of Buddhism across Asia, His Sacred Majesty's Foundation was established in 2007 with the mission of " preserve, promote and disseminate the principles of liberty, equality, fraternity and social justice through non-formal education, sustainable livelihoods and conservation of ecology, alternative/preventive medicine, empowerment social, social advocacy and social development in order to restore the human dignity of the poor and marginalized. (Facebook)

Reverend Prabu, who is also the President of the Tamil Buddhist Society, also shared a more somber update on his recent activities: “The Tamil Buddhist Society, with the help of Triratna Boudha Mahasangha Dhammamitras Chandrashekar, Bodhichandran and Dhamma Sahayak, Dr. Mariraj donated. an oxygen concentrator on August 27 in Vanur area of ​​Villipuram district, Tamil Nadu, to support the medical treatment of Mr. Praveen Raja, a 25-year-old postgraduate student, who suffers from cystic bronchiectasis.

“Bronchiectasis is a chronic lung disease characterized by persistent enlargement of the bronchial airways and functional weakening of the mucociliary transport mechanism (the self-cleaning mechanism of the airways in the respiratory system) due to repeated infections contributing to bacterial invasion and mucus accumulation. throughout the bronchial tree,” Rev. Prabu explained. “Mr. Praveen Raja's parents are daily wage laborers who have sought our help to support their son's medical treatment.

Founder and President of FHSM, Reverend Gauthama Prabhu. Image courtesy of FHSM

“Unfortunately, although we were ultimately unable to save his life, we were able to help prolong Mr. Praveen Raja's life by a few more days,” Rev. Prabu said. “We would like to offer our sincere thanks to all of our donors who have helped provide oxygen concentrators that have saved the lives of so many people during the COVID-19 pandemic and during this post-pandemic period. »

For more information on the FHSM:

E-mail: (protected email)
Phone number: +91-9791239333 / +91-8680020086 / +91-9840813935

For international donations:

Account name: Foundation of His Holy Majesty
Bank: National Bank of India
Account number: 31203682095
Fork: Selaiyur, Chennai
Swift Code: SBININBB298
IFSC code: SBIN0007948

For donations in India:

Account name: Foundation of His Holy Majesty
Bank: National Bank of India
Account number: 30522574810
Fork: Selaiyur, Chennai
IFSC code: SBIN0007948

*Engaged Buddhism: Buddhist non-profit FHSM organizes free eye clinics for underprivileged communities in Chennai, India (BDG)

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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