A lone young doctor inspired by a set of ideals started romancing in the wilderness of BR Hills inhabitated by the native Soligas way back in 1979. Braving the challenges of the jungle and the natives, Dr. H. Sudarshan put up a small hut which served as his hospital. The news of this young doctor spread to the world beyond and drew attention of the other few like-minded doctors and philanthropists who joined him in the endeavour.
The hut which stands a testimony to Dr. Sudarshan’s passion
The doctor and his team walked door to door in the hamlets of BR Hills with medicines and interacted with the prominent local community leaders, treating common diseases such as nutritional anemia, diarrhea, worm infestations, cuts and wounds. Eventually news spread of the doctor and Soligas people began to seek and accept his treatment. However, the doctor felt that medical interventions did not provide long term sustainability and began to invest time and resources in developing education and livelihood support. Gradually they felt the need for a registered body to serve the Soligas in a better way and thus VGKK was established in 1981 to address the evolving needs of the tribal community.
The journey would not have been possible but for an extremely committed and motivated team which has been the sustaining factor that has defined our success story. Many of the old staff members are still there today and some tribal students have graduated and gone on to pursue advanced degrees from prestigious universities in India.