An Indian awakening for NRI students

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TRIP TO REMEMBER: Indian School students visit Sri Venkateshwara Bala Kuteer in Guntur on Tuesday.
TRIP TO REMEMBER: Indian School students visit Sri Venkateshwara Bala Kuteer in Guntur on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter

Students studying abroad raise money to help under-privileged children

  • Undertake a door-to-door campaign around Vijayawada to collect funds
  • Amount to be utilised to provide measles, mumps and rubella vaccination

    GUNTUR: For a group of five Indian students studying in the United Kingdom and the United States, it was a summer vacation with a difference when they came home to India. After their visit to a school run for under-privileged children near Guntur, they decided to do something for them.

    The five Prathyusha Chennupati, Srikirthi Kodali, Monika Chandra, Abhishikth Chennupati and Komal Paladugu were inspired to raise money by undertaking a door-to-door campaign in a few localities in and around Vijayawada. "Fundraising is a regular activity undertaken in many schools in the UK," said Srikirthi, a student of King Edward School at Bath, UK.

    Unforgettable experiences

    She said she got inspired to do her best for the downtrodden when she saw some poor children while travelling in a train. The `famous five' were welcomed in some houses while in a few other houses, they were asked their credentials and the reasons for their fund raising. Prathyusha said she was touched when a man emptied his wallet and gave the money for the cause while nine-year-old Abhishikth said an auto-rickshaw driver donating money happily was most unforgettable. The team spent some time with the students of Sri Venkateshwara Bala Kuteer and the school for orphans at Chetana campus in Chowdavaram on the outskirts of Guntur after coming to know about Health and Education for All (HEAL), an organisation founded by Dr. Satya Prasad, a UK-based doctor.

    The team plans to utilise the amount raised to provide MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination to all 183 inmates of the home on Thursday. "We also want to present a medical kit to the health centre run on the Chetana campus, with the association of Katuri Medical College," said Manchester-based consultant paediatrician, P.Madhavi. UK-based advocate K.Sita, Sri Venkateshwara Bala Kuteer founder Manga Devi and others were present.

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