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Welcome To Touch For Life
Vision Statement
Touch for Life Foundation was born as a result of the vision to create sensitivity towards life and awaken the sense of love towards mankind and the environment. It initiated with the desire and passion to carry the burden of social problems and provide a solution. Every phase of this project seeks to spread charity as that is the need.
Mission Statement
To focus on the principle of the theme-‘Charity is our Duty.’ Our passion is to reach the unreached, create an impact, impart life and meaning to losing souls, and have an environment with the basic provisions that increases human life.


Our support extends towards human life and nature and the projects we involve in share more of what we do.

Save a Precious Life
We hold health awareness and medical camps. Health is a part in which many are tricked and left prepared to see death. People in rural areas are neglected and not even given basic health treatments. Access to medical facilities is a difficult problem. The loss of health is one among the great manifold disasters and misfortunes that befall the human race. It’s worst when the poor, face it as they can’t afford to help themselves.   
 
We extend our service with blood donation camps, medical facilities, provide treatment and required medicines to treat people suffering from different problems. Our focus is on Medical Camps and health educations that are held continuously. We also conduct health seminars to give teaching in first aid, family health, family planning, etc. 
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Green & Green - Go Green! Be Green!
How to live in an environment friendly surrounding and go green through saving green? Its important to be able to:
•    Save energy to save money.
•    Save water to save money.
•    Less gas = more money (and better health!).
•    Eat smart.
•    Skip the bottled water.
•    Buy smart.
•    Keep electronics out of the trash.
Direct Paths
These institutions are home for a number of orphans and physically challenged boys and girls. We find immense pleasure in visiting children and building their foundation in education. We aim to provide children basic education (free schools) in north-Karnataka. To provide completely free education to the poor and needy children. Besides free education, free uniforms, books, stationery, school bags, shoes and sometimes food or snacks is also intended to be  served.

We provide an informal educational program for men and women too. Spreading literacy has been an effective tool to make sure people are educated in life.
Feed & Touch A Life
The findings of the third National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3) reveals an unacceptable prevalence of malnutrition in our children:
•    42.5% of our children under the age of five years are underweight (low weight for age)
•    48 % of our children are stunted (low height for age – chronically malnourished)
•    19.8 % of our children are wasted (low weight for height – acutely malnourished)
•    In poorer states the situation is even worse with over 50 % of children underweight
•    Malnutrition is the underlying cause of at least 50 per cent of deaths of children under five. Even if it does not lead to death, malnutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies, often leads to permanent damage, including impairment of physical growth and mental development. For example, iron, folic acid and iodine deficiencies can lead to brain damage, neural tube defects in the newborn and mental retardation.

The numbers in Karnataka look dismal. According to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-3), infant mortality rate at a national level is 45 per 1000 live births. It stands at 50 in rural and 33 in urban areas. Infant mortality rate in Karnataka, at 55 per 1000 live births, is above the nation’s average. The issue is more serious in North Karnataka. The statistics in the individual districts reflect the seriousness of this problem: Bidar – 66, Bijapur – 67, Dharwad – 69, Gadag – 66, Gulbarga – 67, Haveri – 66 and Koppal 65 per new born 1000 children.

As per the Department of Women and Child Development (DWCD) of Raichur District, 811 children died in 2009, 1,233 children in 2010 and 645 children from January to August, 2011. In all, a total of 2,689 children died in the span of 2 years and 8 months. The department has conceded that these deaths were due to malnutrition and there were 4,531 severely malnourished children at Raichur district at that time.

The issue of malnourishment and infant mortality is sadly not limited only to Raichur. It is rampant across the state. There are several districts which have more under nourished children than Raichur including Bagalkote at 8,957; Bijapur at 8,953, Belgaum 7,016, Bellary 6,411, Haveri 4,537 and Koppal has 4,085 severely malnourished children.
In Second Childhood- Treat Them In Love
The ' Aging of the Population' is characterized by the relatively rapid increase of the aged population i.e. the population aged 60 years and above. With a large population, second only to China, India has to give serious attention to the issues relating to the aged population. A majority of this population live in rural areas.
 
In the Indian Society, the cultural values and the traditional practices emphasize that the elderly members of the family be treated with honor and respect. The families of the aged persons are expected to ensure the needed care and support for the aged. We have taken up the responsibility to take care of the aged and have started certain pension  schemes to provide care and support for the aged and also medical aid.
Lead Them For A Lifetime
There are over 70 million disabled people in India. This is about 6% of its population.
Disability is a physical or mental impairment that interferes with the performance of activities expected of an individual of a certain age. Many disabled people have demonstrated their capacity to excel in professional courses, but their employment percentage in comparison is still a dismal 0.4%. There is an urgent need to assimilate them in the work force to enable them to live a life with dignity and contribute to the national GNP. Disability needs to be a 'social, development, economic or a progress issue' rather than just a 'medical one'.

We work with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other members of the health care team in providing many types of health services to the Handicapped.
Save Water, Save Lives
Water being the main asset to life has been scarce. There has been an outcry that north Karantaka is grossly neglected.  There are nearly 120 talukas which are reeling under drought and North Karnataka appears to be the worst hit. The Krishna basin has been so severely affected that it has taken a hit on drinking water too. The biggest reservoir in the region, the Almatti, too has recorded 23 thousand million cubic (TMC) of less water this year when compared to previous years.
Residents of Bagalkot and Bijapur in North Karnataka are undergoing the worst possible situation in the last 40 years.

The water crisis in North Karnataka has not only taken a hit on humans, but there is equal suffering for the cattle and the live stock as well. In the areas of Belgaum water is being supplied everyday in nearly 150 tankers. Belgaum, for example, used to face water crisis in just nine villages, but this year nearly 23 villages in the area have been hit due to bad rainfall. The problem is similar in the areas of Bagalkot, Dharwad and Bijapur, Gadag and Haveri, according to statistics.

The northern part of Karnataka is always the most affected when there is a drought. Hubli in particular is a worst case example of urban governance. The twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad have a population of 18 lakh. There are 65 wards here but 24 hour-water supply is restricted to just 5 wards. The rest of the wards depend on the government installed water taps which give water only once in 15 days.

Take the case of Gulbarga, Raichur, Koppal, Gadag and Bellary which are also in North Karnataka. All these areas have been getting drinking water once in 21 days. There may be constant water supply, but there are two qualities of water that is available here. While pure drinking water is available once in 21 days the other type of water which is high in salts is suitable only for washing purpose and is available more often in open wells.
Next To Being Urban
We provide aid in the times of danger or conflict that requires rapid remedy. Well, it could be a condition where a single person needs immediate help or a group of people throughout a region who are in a desperate predicament. We also wish to meet the needs of people afflicted in disastrous calamities like earthquakes, floods, cyclones, fire accidents, etc.

Shelter a necessity
Housing is one of the basic requirements for human survival.  Therefore, construction of houses was included as one of the major activities under the Touch for Life Foundation . It aims at providing 'Housing for all' and facilitating the construction of 400  additional housing units in Ballery area and plans to extend to north Karnataka too. The intention is to end the lack of shelter and ensure the conversion of all unserviceable kucha houses by pucca houses by the end of this year. 

Touch for Life has also ensured the claiming of Housing schemes of the Govt . to reach the villagers without middle-man intervention .

 
Light up lives in darkness
In India, 579 million people lack the  access to electricity. Even though a village is considered electrified if only 10 percent of its households have access to electricity, national electricity rates are still low. According to recent estimates, only 56 percent of Indian households and 44 percent of rural households, are electrified.

The majority of the population in rural north Karnatka still does not have access to basic energy services and they cannot afford commercial fuels such as LPG gas or kerosene. In places where natural resources such as the sun, wind and water provide potential sources of renewable energy, communities generally lack the information, knowledge and expertise needed to make decisions about the most appropriate systems and installation.

Touch for Life identifies this lack in villages and sends expertise groups to analyze and implement the best source of energy services to the villagers. 

We take the initiative to build and develop the electric system to the villages to get the basic lighting needs, as we aim to see within 5 years all the villages in north Karnataka to be brightened with light.
Conserve Wildlife
India is home to 372 mammals, 1228 birds, 428 reptiles, 204 amphibians, 2546 fishes, 57,245 insects, 5,042 molluscs and several other species of invertebrates. It is the only country to have all the five major vertebrates - the tiger, lion, panther, elephant and the rhino of the 81,000 species of animals recorded. But everything is endangered by reckless human activity.

Environment is a word that conjures up different images in our mind. Most often the word 'environment' brings images about Nature - forests, animals, trees, landscapes. It is the whole system in which we humans co-exist and interact with other living beings. Every kind of human development has its positive or negative effect on the environment. For instance more demand for food means more areas to be brought under cultivation which in turn may mean more forests to be cleared, or more animals being raised for procuring meat. The contemporary environmental crisis is the outcome of man's despoliation of the earth. The natural systems on which mankind depends are crumbling, as forests shrink, deserts expand, soil get eroded - all at an alarming pace. With the specter of environmental collapse staring us in the face, mankind has finally come to recognize that our earth is a closed system.
India is home to several animal species that are gravely threatened including over 77 mammals, 22 reptiles and 55 birds and 1 amphibian species.

We aim to conserve wildlife that includes the preservation of all species, the enhancement of wildlife habitat, the control of wildlife problems, and the consumptive use of wildlife.
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