28th Free Eye Camp is conducted between 12th-15th December at Dera Sacha Sauda's Sirsa Ashram. As the name suggests, this camp is held in the memory of 2nd Master Shah Satnam Ji Maharaj and offers free Eye related services, including screenings, surgeries, and allied services.
The Camp was inaugurated on 12th December, at Dera Sacha Sauda's Sirsa Ashram. The camp begins with screenings on the first day, and shortlisted patients with acute problems and good chances of benefitting from surgeries are operated upon. The surgeries are conducted in the Shah Satnam Ji Specialty Hospitals by an expert team of Doctors and paramedic staff who volunteer at this camp. The Doctors and various other volunteers provide their services to serve the community and try to follow the teachings of their Master, Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan.
The camp starts from 12th December and continues for 3 days till 15h December, the registration starts a day earlier and thousands get benefitted from this Camp. Patients from nearby areas and from various other states visit this camp to avail of this wonderful opportunity. This is a boon for those who belong from the financially challenged background and cannot afford the luxury of getting their eyes tested, forget operations or any other such service.
Till date, lakhs have benefitted from this camp and many more will continue to benefit from this service. The best part, Dera Sacha Sauda is also the single largest donor in the entire country for Eyes. Volunteers here have pledged to donate their eyes to the tune of thousands and this also makes sure, that this camp, coupled with the donated eyes, are a boon for those with partial or complete blindness.
Volunteers serving in this camp too are the most passionate lot we have encountered. Having visited this Camp, we can definitely say that these volunteers are definitely devoted to this cause and are literally serving the patients, who are mostly elders as their own family members. In fact, when asked about their dedication towards the patients, one of them mentioned that it's their Guru Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan's sermons to look after the patients as children of their family and serve them to the best of their abilities and we try to do the same.
It is amazing to see young volunteers to the tune of 17 -30 years serving the most. We have seen this all throughout, Dera Sacha Sauda this is probably the only organization having youngsters as maximum followers almost to the tune of 70%. Where it is seen that most religious organizations have elderly and middle-aged as a maximum in numbers but here, the entire dynamics seem to change.
And we can only credit this to Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan's rockstar image for the same. He was known for his connection with youth either through rock songs, musical concerts, his fusion dresses even Films. Little wonder then, that the youngsters find the connection in these welfare works.
And these welfare works that are undertaken at Dera Sacha Sauda are huge. To the tune of 134 welfare activities the volunteers undertake everything under the sun right from women empowerment, environment nurturing to taking care of mentally challenged, strays on the roads. Even economically backward are provided support for groceries, education, houses and marriages. So in essence, volunteers here prefer to spend their time and money tending to the needy.
And we have also seen social media abuzz with news of helping the fire-affected areas, or train mishaps or floods, this is taken care of by the Shah Satnam Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing volunteers, which is founded as a disaster management wing by Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan. And this wing, itself has around 70,000 plus volunteers probably the largest across the world. These volunteers are provided withded training to handle all kinds of mishaps and accidents taking place across the globe.
The Eye Camp is also the biggest eye camp in the north India and has been taking care of the eye health of the people in this area. It is definitely a wonderful opportunity for all and a great service by Dera Sacha Sauda.