IHBS supports a variety of projects and programs that provide access to quality healthcare, education and women's empowerment to rural populations in India's northwest province of Rajasthan .
A world where every child receives a quality education, every family can access healthcare, and every woman has the skills to support herself and her family.
WHAT WE DO
By supporting education, healthcare and women's empowerment programs in Rajasthan, India, we seek to provide opportunities for a better future to the most underserved populations.
In 2003, IHBS was formed to provide international support to Human Benefit Services (HBS), an organization working in rural India that runs sustainable programs in education, healthcare and women's empowerment.
HISTORY & PARTNERSHIP
FOUNDER, SHANTI JAIN
Over 40 years ago, Dr. Shanti Jain had just finished her medical training and began working in rural villages in India, running vaccination programs in remote areas. On one of her missions, she found herself in Khichan, a small town belonging to the district of Phalodi, where her father had been born.
Because of his humble origins, Shanti's father had instilled in her and her siblings a sense of commitment to serving others. It was this very upbringing and will to do good in the world that led Shanti to dedicate the rest of her life to helping the people of Khichan.
Shanti Jain formed Human Benefit Services, and in 1987, with the support of family and friends, built Bal Academy, the first bilingual education school in the region. Shanti dreamed of even more for Khichan, and began construction on a hospital that would provide free and subsidized care for hundreds of people. Shortly after construction, began, however, Shanti passed away. Her vision for HBS and the town of Khichan lived on through her family, who continued who honored her legacy by continuing her dream.
CURRENT HBS DIRECTOR, KANTI JAIN
Shanti Jain's sister, Dr. Kanti Jain, has dedicated her career to the advancement of healthcare to help those most in need. In the 1990's, Dr. Kanti Jain was leading a team of researchers at the Rogosin Institute in New York on the development of a new diabetes treatment, and an experimental cancer therapy that treated over 100 Stage N cancer patients. In 1999, Dr. Kanti Jain decided to move her career to Khichan to complete the work her sister had started, knowing that there, she would be able to help thousands of people access much-needed healthcare.
Under Dr. Kanti Jain, HBS continued to grow, completing construction on the 100-bed hospital in 2002 that now serves over 7,500 patients. Dr. Kanti Jain's vision for community healthcare has led to the creation and expansion of many programs at HBS, including refurbishing abandoned local healthcare centers that now serve hundreds of residents, and providing mobile medical care and workshops for patients in the most remote villages.
In 2018, Dr. Kanti Jain was recognized by the Rogosin Institute at their Tree of Life Gala with the Carolyn Diehl Hope & Humanity Award for her incredible contributions to medical research and healthcare at the community level.
In 2003, Shanti and Kanti's brother, Dr. Subhash Jain, a practicing physician and the Chief of Pain Services at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, formed International Human Benefit Services (IHBS) to support the efforts of HBS. Together, the organizations bring education, healthcare and women's empowerment to the underserved populations of Khichan, India.
WHERE WE WORK
IHBS currently works with the residents of Khichan. It is a town of about 7,000 people located in the province of Rajasthan in northwest India. Rajasthan is located about 300 miles south of the Pakistan/Indian border. The area is mostly desert, punctuated by sand dunes that can be over 100 feet high. Khichan is mostly known for the migration of over 20,000 demoiselle cranes that flock to the area every year. This phenomenon is relatively recent, and is beginning to bring some tourism to an area plagued by unemployment.
Long droughts have exacerbated the difficult living conditions in the area, forcing working age men to leave the village most of the year to search for work in larger towns or cities. Competition for jobs is high, and with an adult literacy rate of less than 50%, it is difficult to compete. The women in most cases stay behind to care for the family, but are left to find their own means to make ends meet while they wait for husbands and fathers to bring money back.
IHBS supports health, education, and women's empowerment programs that are aimed at changing the situation that Khichans currently find themselves in. By providing healthcare, primary education and skills training we are ensuring that the next generation is more adept at competing in an increasingly technical world, and able to best take advantage of the increased tourism in the area. With your support, we can expand our work, bringing the possibility of a bright future for all.
MEET THE TEAM
Dr. Subhash Jain
Marketing & Fundraising Director