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Launch of the India for Humanity Initiative

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Launch of the 'India for Humanity' initiative 
to honour Mahatma Gandhi's service to humanity

The Embassy of India would like to inform you that as part of 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi being held over the next one year, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India, in collaboration with the renowned charitable organization "Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti" (BMVSS), has launched the 'India for Humanity' initiative to honour Mahatma Gandhi's service to humanity. With its focus on Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of compassion, caring, service to humanity, 'India for Humanity' features a year-long series of artificial limb fitment camps by BMVSS in a number of different countries spanning the globe, starting with Malawi in end October 2018. The camps are fully sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs.

Founded in 1975 and better known by its trademark limb “Jaipur Foot”, BMVSS is among the world's largest organization for the fitment of artificial limbs and has served over 1.73 million amputees. BMVSS has also held 69 camps in 29 countries in various parts of the world, including about 10 for MEA, and its work has been hailed by one and all. At present, the camps are proposed to be held in some 12 countries over the next 12 months.

'India for Humanity' was formally launched in New Delhi on 9 October 2018 by the External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj. The launch ceremony took place at 1100 hrs in C B Muthamma Hall, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhavan, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. It was attended by resident HOMs in New Delhi and other members of the diplomatic corps, Shri D.R. Mehta, Chief Patron of BMVSS and other members of BMVSS, media and senior officers of MEA.

Kindly peruse the links below for your information:

Press release issued by MEA:

EAM's statement:

Full event on Youtube: