Below is our story of impact that was published by Giving Tuesday in the lead up the new national day of giving, which is tomorrow, December 3. Remember that all online gifts made tomorrow will be doubled! See examples of how your gift can have an impact here.
When Punkaj was 10 years old, he was severely burned on the front of his body when the gas stove he was using to heat up tea in his home in India exploded.
Left to “heal” by themselves, burns like these cause the skin to shrink up, causing what are known as burn contractures. Punkaj developed these burn contractures on his neck and arms, rendering him unable to lift his arms or turn his head.
Back in 2007, a surgical team with ReSurge International, an organization that provides free reconstructive surgeries and builds medical capacity in developing countries, met Punkaj in Dehradun, India, and performed surgery to release the burn contracture on his neck.
Two years later, Punkaj returned and asked the team to release the contractures on his arms. The team had planned to do more work on his neck, but he insisted that they operate on his arms instead, because he wanted to be able to attend school. He had to ride a bike to get to school, but the contractures on his arms made it impossible for him to lift his arms high enough to reach the handlebars of his bike.
And in January, Punkaj, who is now in college, came again to welcome the returning surgical team and thank them for their help throughout the years. During his visit, our surgeons offered to do some revision work on his neck. Punkaj turned down this offer because he has school exams coming up.
When he was 14, Punkaj asked for surgery that would allow him to attend school like most boys his age. Now, because he is able to attend school, he has turned down surgery—a true testament of how Punkaj’s life and functionality have been restored. Punkaj hopes to become an elementary school teacher one day, and thanks to the surgical care he received, he is well on his way to a brighter future.
ReSurge International renews the health of 3,000 people like Punkaj each year—so they can go to school, provide for their families, and be productive members of society. It also empowers local doctors to increase year-round access to medical care in underserved areas.
Celebrate generosity this #GivingTuesday by contributing to ReSurge’s life-changing reconstructive surgical work. Take the opportunity to give something truly meaningful this year by making a gift in honor of a friend of loved one.
And as a special bonus, a generous donor has offered to match all donations made online to ReSurge on Giving Tuesday, up to $75,000.
Consider what your gift could provide by checking out the funding examples listed on ReSurge’s Giving Tuesday webpage and help give the gift of restored health and dreams this year.