Lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand

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Lending a helping hand

The Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar recently celebrated its 36th year with the installation of its office bearers for the year 2016-17.

Since the year is the Rotary Foundation centennial, it has come out with the theme ‘serving humanity’. President Pradeep Vishwanath said that he and his team are committed in improving the literacy rate across the country.

“After Rotary’s contribution towards the eradication of polio in the country, the next focus is on education. Our project — Teacher training, E-learning, Adult Literacy, Child development and Happy schools (TEACH) — wishes to educate as many children as possible,” said Pradeep.

He plans to extend these initiatives to as many schools as possible by partnering with corporates and service organisations, sharing similar ideology to improve the literacy levels of school children.

He also hopes to use technology to empower and enhance teaching skills in disseminating knowledge to the students in more interesting and effective ways by using e-learning kits.

Manoj Agarwal, the secretary, said that their flagship projects — Karunashraya and Hospice Centre — for terminally-ill cancer patients, in partnership with the Indian Cancer Society, are this year’s ongoing projects.

 “Karunashraya provides palliative care to terminally-ill cancer patients and help them live without pain. The treatment is free of cost,” added Manoj.

 Among the other significant projects are free paediatric heart surgeries to the
underprivileged. “We’ve added a new block to the Hospice Centre which can now accommodate about 80 patients,” explained Manoj.  

 Peeyush Jain, immediate past president, said that the four main projects of the club are the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre at Jayadeva Hospital, an old-age home, a vocational centre and an orphanage. The new block at Karunashraya and the opening of National School of Art at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan are the other projects.

 “We have also opened an eye centre in Kolar and are working on providing 400 scholarships to deserving students. We have conducted 250 free heart surgeries for children and this year, we hope to scale up the number,” informed Peeyush.

The club holds regular tournaments for school and college students in basketball, football, swimming and hockey. They have adopted the Sonahallipura village in Hosakote and hope to make it a model village of sorts, highlighted Manoj. 

 Community service is one of the important wings of Rotary and director of Community Service, A K Sugunan, said that the club aims to take its literacy drive to the rural, semi-urban and urban areas.

“We have the highest number of blood donation camps. We hope to join hands with like-minded organisations to improve the infrastructural facilities in government schools. This will indirectly reduce the dropout rates,” shared Sugunan.       

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