The Sai Bandhan program was a collaboration between students of Brindavan Campus, SSSIHL and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), Whitefield, Bangalore from 2015 to 2018.
It was a domiciliary outreach program where students set out to meet patients who had been previously treated at SSSIHMS, Whitefield. The objective was to assure the patients and their families of Sai’s continued concern for their well-being and get feedback about their experience at SSSIHMS.
The program spanned 63 districts in 19 states of India, touching the lives of 250-odd patients. It involved 123 students who voluntarily chose to spend their summer vacation time in this selfless manner. The patients visited belonged to different sections of society. They were of diverse caste, creed, religion, age groups and economic strata.
All patient information was provided by SSSIHMS and the logistical support to meet them was extended by members of Sri Sathya Sai Seva organisation in the state concerned.
Students often had to travel to remote corners of their districts or neighbouring districts to meet patients. A few even travelled out of state to reach out to patients. Sometimes, they had to trace patients who had migrated to other places to pursue their studies or vocations after the pause button pressed by the disease had been released.
The hard work was handsomely rewarded however by seeing the patients supremely happy, in good health and with renewed hope in life.