ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Ray of hope’ to needy

Staff Reporter

ROH chapters in IIT Delhi, IIM Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bangalore

HYDERABAD: Four years ago, when Praneeth Jaya Bhusan and his friends visited the State-run Shishu Vihar to distribute blankets for orphans and destitute women, they were moved. Instead of putting it behind their minds, they chose to return and make a difference.

Praneeth approached his parents Noorjehan and Jayanadha Rao, both government employees on how they could assist and formed a core team with Prudhvi, Tharun, Madhav, Anand, Pratyush, Hari, Sumit and Himangsu. “We contacted our old friends, many of whom are in the US and got a great response. They were very enthusiastic and through word-of-mouth spread the word about our project and raised funds,” says Praneeth.

Soon they distributed clothes, books, book shelves for the 300-odd children of Shishu Vihar.

“We took pictures at Shishu Vihar and sent them to our benefactors. They were so happy that they sent in more funds and that’s how ‘Ray of Hope’ (ROH) came alive,” he says.

From initially funding established NGOs such as Devnar Foundation, Akshay Akruthi etc., to adopting an entire village-Pocharam in the outskirts, ROH has come a long way with a strong foundation of dedication and good deeds. ROH also sponsored the education of poor children in a village near IIT Kanpur, where Praneeth did his MBA apart from sponsoring the food, education, clothing etc., of 200 orphans for an entire year.

It now has over 630 registered members and has chapters in IIT Delhi, IIM Kolkata, IIM Ahmedabad and Bangalore.

They also boast of having been the first to help get pure drinking water for Pocharam village. Apart from this, plans are also on to start a ROH-IITK Vocational Centre. “We will also be conducting an event to raise funds so that we can sustain our efforts at the orphanage at Pocharam,” says Praneeth.

Praneeth feels that the youth now want to be change-makers and not simply complain. “I am realising my dreams by helping others realise their dreams,” says this 24-year-old.

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