Rice Bucket Challenge: 268 kg rice donated to orphanage, old age home

UVA Foundation members with nursery students with their rice donations in Nirmala school in Kadapa on Saturday. —Photo: By Arrangement  

Akin to the rice bucket challenge that has gone viral, about 1,500 persons including students studying from nursery to high school, their parents and teachers of Nirmala School in Kadapa donated 100 grams of rice each, leading to a collection of 268 kg. of rice and donated it to Haleema Sadiya girls orphanage and Al Shifa Mentally Retarded Society here on Saturday.

It was an initiative of UVA (Ultimate Victory of Affection) Foundation in collaboration with Action for Pune Development to promote the importance of social work among youths, on International Youth Social Service Day on Saturday. The foundation, in association with Nirmala School, took up the Affordable and Nutritious Food Project, one of the 16 projects listed by the United National Organisation’s My World 2015 campaign. The project was aimed at spreading the importance of food and creating awareness on food crises. Nirmala school headmistress Sr. P. Papullama said it was an opportunity for students to work for the country and appreciated the project organisers J. Phaneendra, co-founder of UVA Foundation and members M. Sai Bhagavan and V.N. Shamanth. J. Phaneendra said the foundation was started on June 2, 2014 to strive for the betterment of society with a vision to work in various fields like traffic management, road safety awareness, helping orphanages and old age homes, projects for child welfare, helping the physically challenged and imparting training in computer and self defence.