In March 2013, the Organ Receiving & Giving Awareness Network (ORGAN) India was created as an initiative of the Parashar Foundation, a Delhi based NGO. Through ORGAN India we have clear goals – to create widespread awareness on organ donation through ad-campaigns, promotional events and talks, online activities which will benefit everyone; to help those in need of an organ transplants; and to create an ecosystem to facilitate organ donation in India.
For the Parashar Foundation, it is a goal that stems from a personal struggle of its’ trustee – Kirti Parashar who needed a heart transplant. She had the means, the best doctors and a family who supported her. But there was no heart to be found in Delhi and the wait could have been endless. Kirti Parashar moved to Chennai to wait for a new heart, which she got on December 13th after a four month wait. Luckily she could afford to move and wait. ORGAN India was set up to spread awareness on organ donation, to help those who don’t have the option of leaving their jobs and lives and moving to another city for an organ transplant, and to provide help for those who have no idea where to go and what to do if they need an organ transplant.