Chowki organized to aid widows and orphans in rural India
Atlanta hosted Indian Air Force Officer, Retired Squadron Leader Prem Khullar on July 1st during an enchanting evening of Chowki at ICRC Temple in Smyrna. Mr. Khullar runs a charitable organization called ABLE that provides medical care to widows and orphans in rural parts of India.
About 250 people attended this event from the metro Atlanta area. The organizers of this Chowki wanted to raise funds for ABLE and to raise awareness of the plight of the segment of Indian citizens who have no access to medical care or educational facilities.
At the end of Chowki, Squadron Leader Khullar spoke about ABLE's mission and its ongoing programs. He highlighted that it is critical to provide medical care to widows because the death of each widow produces at least two or three orphans. These orphans fall into the vicious cycle of extreme neglect and abuse usually ending in child labor or human trafficking.
Mr. Khullar described his humble beginnings almost 14 years ago in a one room dispensary that lacked a full time doctor which eventually blossomed into a full service hospital staffed by qualified doctors and nurses that provide urgent and preventive care for villagers.
ABLE started with one village and then expanded coverage in a radius of 6 kilometers and finally reaching the radius of 25 kilometers. Mr. Khullar described his educational programs that provide care and quality education to 320 orphans in these villages.
ABLE's message of hope and positive impact resonated with people. The evening ended with a number of Atlanta's Indian community leaders stepping forward to join hands with Mr. Khullar. Additional information about ABLE is available at www.ableindiacharities.org
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