In recent years India has been hit by numerous earthquakes that have caused hundreds of thousands of victims. Many of these lives could have been saved if the local hospitals were equipped with adequate equipment and blood supplies. This is a daily problem in such a large and poor country as India.
The Mother Teresa Children's Foundation, a non-profit organization, has initiated a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of donating blood. Save a Million Lives Blood Donation programme involved over 1,000 volunteers to create a network of 30,000 people and groups of promoters. To increase the impact of the campaign we have organized a roadshow covering a territory of 4,000 kilometres.
With this programme we have made blood transfusions available for the poorest segments of the population, both by recruiting new donors, as well as making blood collections possible through the purchase of the necessary equipment, including syringes, gauze, bags for storage and transport for the plasma.
This programme of the Mother Teresa Children's Foundation has also received recognition and support from the Church, in the name of Cardinal Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi city, who in his letter addressed to the local head of the project, Dr. Sajan George Kavinkalath, blessed all who are supporting this initiative with their blood and donations.
The Archbishop closed his letter by devoting his prayers to all volunteers. Prayers that, we hope, will contribute to supporting a growing number of people in this very important initiative which helps to save the lives of many innocent people.