Nargis Dutt succumbed to cancer in 1981 after battling the disease for one year. During her intense treatment in Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital she expressed great sorrow for those who suffered from this disease but had no facilities to be treated in India. She hoped one day when she got better she could do something about this situation. Her anguish and feelings became a part of Shri Sunil Dutt’s mission in life who turned her dream into a reality. Today they both live through the work of the Nargis Dutt Foundation.
It’s been 35 years since Nargis Dutt left us and 35 years since the birth of Nargis Dutt Foundation. In these years we have established 7 chapters across USA and Canada and have equipped rural hospitals across India with equipment worth more than 2 million dollars. These include cancer treatment and diagnostic equipment as well as mobile hospital vans. The first bone marrow transplant and the ICU center in Tata Memorial Hospital which was carried out at the Tata Memorial Hospital in 1983 was supported by us.
Nargis Dutt Foundation also had its presence wherever there was a national calamity in India, be it the earthquakes in Latur and Bhuj or the floods in Mumbai and Bihar. When Bihar was hit by the floods in 2008, Nargis Dutt Foundation raised funds that treated over 30000 people, over a period of 3 months, through medical camps in the affected areas.
Today Nargis Dutt Foundation is covering areas not only in the medical field but has broadened its vision to health and education. Since 2004, we have been conducting regular medical camps in the slums of Mumbai, working with cancer patients and Tata Memorial focusing on women and children both in health and education. Our vision is to deliver basic health care where there is none and ensure quality of learning where there is no opportunity.
Keeping this is mind, for the past 11 years, approximately 30000 children from the slums have received free computer education. We have focused on E- Shalas in schools in Rural India. We are working in Palghar district in a village called Sonave and hope to cover more villages and Zilla Parishad schools in the area.
Seeing the impact that our work has had on people, we have been motivated to work harder. Many ask us what is the focus of Nargis Dutt Foundation, is it cancer, or children or women, we say our focus is humanity and need. Where ever there is a need we will be there in service with whatever resource we can offer. Our work has been very extensive and silent.
We can proudly say that every contribution that we receive, 95% of it is donated for the project intended. Even our administrative costs are not funded by the donations.
Through our website you will get a glimpse into all the activities that Nargis Dutt Foundation embraces. We encourage you to take the time to envisage the impact of each activity on an individual in particular and on the community as a whole.
Do join us in making this world a brighter place for many.