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           The ALMA Project is a non-profit initiative working to promote global children’s healthcare initiatives. The ALMA Project work mainly with the New Delhi Children’s Hospital and Research Clinic (NDCHRC) an emerging leader in providing accessible and affordable healthcare to children in India. I have been working with children in India since 2015. My work is mainly focused on children with disabilities and bringing the tools and treatment plans available in the US to India. I realized the drastic differences in both the quality of care, facilities and treatments available and I wanted to create this project to increase my ability to raise funds for the betterment of children in India. I founded The ALMA Project in 2019 after my personally led fundraising events in 2018 raised more than $3,000 dollars for NDCHRC. I had been working with NDCHRC during the school year and traveling there each summer. I am now a senior nursing student at UNCC, graduating in May and will return to my work in India post-graduation.

            Early intervention is crucial for children with both physical and mental disability and there is very little being done currently to bring intervention to children suffering in India. The New Delhi Children’s Hospital (NDCHRC) has just broken ground on the first public Early Intervention and Therapy Center in India. This center will need a lot of help to get to the high-quality healthcare standard NDCHRC has set for itself in order to match what is being provided in the US and other developed nations. The NDCHRC wants to provide public access and high quality and ethical care to every child regardless of their socioeconomic status.

           This early intervention center based on its location and projected need will see more than 100 patients per day. These children will be given services free of charge that would have been previously unattainable. Providing children with disability or illness early treatment plays a pivotal role in minimizing the overall effect of a child’s impairment while maximizing productivity and quality of life. Therapy plays a crucial role in this and requires patients to be seeing on a minimum of a weekly basis. The goal of the ALMA project is to supply funding to help to keep this center running indefinitely to help as many children as possible. I will personally be working in the center as a nurse while overseeing treatment and operations. I will help maintain both quality of treatment and increased accessibility and awareness for these children.

             In order to keep the center running the annual expenses, projection is $51,744. That number includes the cost of monthly rent for the 1,250 sqft center, utilities, one year salary for an occupational, speech, physical therapist, and a pediatrician, marketing for the center, and office expenses. I am asking for your help to provide critical funding needed to operate this center, which will make a difference in the lives of the almost 8 million children in India suffering from untreated and undertreated disabilities

Thank you for your consideration,

Margaret Anne Johnson