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In India, the COVID-19 pandemic unleashed its full wrath with the start of the New Year. Anti-COVID measures introduced by the governments were both preventive as well as curative. What is increasingly called as SMS (sanitizers, mask, and social distancing) came to be accepted as part of normal life. To break the chain of spread, state governments all over India clamped lockdown. Offices both public and private, hotels and malls were shut down during the lockdown. There was no public transport all inter-district and inter-state movement of vehicles was banned.
The rise of COVID-19 saw scores of infected patients visiting health centers for testing and treatment. Every day, several deaths were also reported across India. In Guntur, the condition of the daily laborers and auto drivers was pathetic. As they had to stay home, with no source of income, they could neither go out for work nor buy food. Their condition was so very bad that some were even seen desperately knocking doors for a morsel of rice. This condition sensitized Venkata Appa Rao Makke, who thought that as fellow human beings, some help needs to be provided to the distressed daily labor and auto drivers.
Venkata Appa Rao Makke, along with his family members, friends and well-wishers pooled some resources like rice, vegetables, pulses, oils and other essentials. With the support of the local leaders, municipal, police and revenue officers started distributing the rice and other essentials to daily wagers. More than 10,000 rice and essentials packs were distributed to the distressed. People were made to follow social distance, and food items were then distributed. In addition to this, the poor people were also provided with food packets that included cooked rice, dal and one curry. This timely and helpful initiative earned the appreciation of the public, community leaders and the poor families.
Education is not only the key to professional success, but also helps in the development of human personality. However, education based on values and culture has to be promoted for peace, health and prosperity of the individuals as well as societies. Understandably, education is the chief driver of change in the society. Especially, with modern science and engineering, each individual can progress and contribute towards enhancing the quality of his life and that of people around him.
In India, due to poverty many children are denied of even the primary education. Poor parents consider their children as economic assets, and send them to work even at a young age. To increase the student strength in schools, the government has introduced some incentives like free books, uniforms, mid-day meals, bags etc. Even this change hasn’t affected the thinking of poor parents who want to send their wards to work, for petty earnings.
Venkats Appa Rao Makke has been sensitized by this insensible scenario, and decided to help poor children with his own earnings. He makes it a point to save some of his earnings to buy books, bags and uniforms for poor children. He has been doing so in his native town of Guntur for quite some time. He approaches poor parents and educates them of the need to send their wards to school, public or private. This little gesture has indeed made a big difference for many children who have completed school and joined college.
In Sanskrit there is a saying, Annam Parabrahma Swarupam (food is divine), as it is the source of all energy and strength to do things. It is also considered that, giving food is the greatest of all donations. Swami Vivekananda once said, you cannot teach Vedas to a hungry person. First you have to feed him, then you can train him to become successful in life.
Scientifically, the food we take helps to build the body, ensures normal body functioning, and even influences our mind and thinking. A hungry stomach leaves the person angry and distressed, while a nicely fed stomach creates positive vibes in life. The poverty-stricken families often go without food, and with little help coming from anyone these families become vulnerable to disease and despair.
Venkat Appa Rao Makke has made a point to feed the poor and the hungry in his native town of Guntur, Mulugu, and Hyderabad. To take this to fruition, he started organizing free food distribution camps in places where poor people live. On all festival occasions, birthdays, get-togethers and meetings, he made it a point to ensure free distribution of food to the poor and needy. Importantly, giving quality and nutritious food to poor children is his motto. By arranging for milk, rice, dal, curry and drinking water, he could surely protect poor families, and especially poor children from hunger and disease.
In India, health of all people is the primary concern of the government, state as well as central. The successive health policies have strengthened the preventive as well as curative health infrastructure. By creating state of art hospital infrastructure and recruiting experienced doctors, modern medical facilities are brought within the reach of all people. For the poor in India, public health system offers the life-line support during unexpected accidents, short and long-term diseases, epidemics and pandemics.
The health infrastructure is frequently under stress due to increase in the population and rise of seasonal and viral diseases. In this scenario, the role of private health organizations and non-government organizations working in the area of health is vital and crucial. The private and voluntary agencies can contribute to both preventive and curative aspects by conducting health camps in villages and remote locations where there is scant health infrastructure.
Venkat Makke Foundation collaborates with public, private and voluntary agencies to conduct health camps for the poor and distressed. During the COVID-19, the Foundation distributed masks, sanitizers and nutritious food to the poor people in different localities of Guntur, Mulugu and Hyderabad. We understand that, prevention is always better than cure. So, addressing the health concerns of traffic police working round the clock, the Foundation supplied thousands of packs of sanitizers and masks. This timely and helpful gesture drew the appreciation of the top brass as well as the field level police personnel.
The Foundation has been conducting health camps in rural areas. These health camps include blood donation, child vaccination, eye testing, and general health check-up camps. In these health camps, the poor are examined by general and specialist doctors, and medicines distributed free of cost. In some cases, the poor patients are referred to hospitalization and surgery at state-funded and aided hospitals. Our experience tells us that, most of the poor patients suffer from nutrition deficiency health issues, and prolonged history of addiction to smoking and drinking. These patients are often referred to de-addiction centers and counseling.