They read this correctly: as a stark sign that medical facilities were totally absent in the area. And they responded: by setting up the ADOPT Foundation. "We started with trying to set up a medical aid centre with a doctor in Chhabra village, where we had our farm," says Madhulika, Kedarnath’s wife. Several such "attempts" later, the Banerjees began to give some shape to their ideas. "While our wish to have a permanent doctor in the village fizzled out, since most doctors weren’t willing to go and stay in the village, we started organising regular medical camps. We had already built a permanent medical establishment, so the doctors found it convenient to set up camps and give free medical aid," says Kedarnath.
First there were cataract operations that till now have benefited nearly 1,000 patients, followed by young children brought to Delhi to be treated for heart ailments. The Banerjees made arrangements with Escorts and Max hospitals to treat these children, who got the best medical facilities free of cost.