Ravi V. Melwani (RVM) is an Indian speaker, an author, a singer, a poet, and a philanthropist. He was one of the earliest successful Indian retailers who launched India’s largest store of over 300,000 square feet and transformed the way retailing was done in India. He is the founder of RVM Foundation, which aims to make a difference in the society through its humanitarian, inspirational and spiritual initiatives. The RVM philosophy stands for Rejoice, Value Life and Make a Difference, which is a way of life towards happiness and fulfillment.
Some years ago, a person in dire need of dialysis but with only rupees 20 in his pocket approached a hospital where a doctor told him, “If you have just rupees 20 do a simple thing, go buy two tender coconuts.” For somebody who has suffered kidney failure having, two tender coconut means instant death. Sounds apocryphal? The doctor was only throwing up his hands suggesting that the patient didn’t have money to live. Ravi Melwani, a businessman turned philanthropist says that this incident inspired him to set up a hospital for the poorest of the poor. The poor cannot afford to pay to doctors but it doesn’t mean they have no reason to live. “This is what inspired me to open a free charitable hospital which has no cash counter,” says the chairman of RVM foundation. The abbreviation RVM, he says stands for Rejoice, Value for life and Make a difference.
During his personal endeavor to support those in despair in society, Ravi Melwani pledged to reduce pain and suffering. RVM Humanitarian Hospital was set up in 1998 with an aim to provide free medical care to the destitute and needy. The hospital does not have a cash counter. It conducts medical camps every week across Bangalore and treats people free of cost. To this day, the hospital has treated thousands of care-deprived destitute patients. The hospital was with separate wards for burns, psychiatric, HIV, TB, pediatric and orthopedic patients and is in the process of expanding the hospital into a 1000-bed one.
As part of this humanitarian initiative, the hospital has a 24×7 Medical Helpline. The hospital also has tie-ups with several transit homes and other hospitals.
The RVM Humanitarian Home is a home and shelter for the homeless, the poor and destitute people who have been abandoned or neglected by their own families. The home endeavors to provide help and long-term care to the underprivileged, homeless children, elderly, abandoned women, and those who are physically and mentally challenged. In addition, patients who are treated at the RVM Humanitarian Hospital are often shifted to the RVM Humanitarian Home if they require continued or extended medical attention and support. Thus far, thousands of people have been sheltered at home. Once the residents are deemed medically and physically fit, they are transited to NGOs, rehabilitation centers and other homes that the RVM Humanitarian Home networks with, depending on their need or the type of care required.
Ravi Melwani’s humanitarian mission is all about maximizing service to humanity and reducing pain and suffering.