On Tuesday, the 7th october 2014 at 8 AM, Rotary Club of Bangalore’s (RCB)Team RYLA set off in a Bus for yet another ambitious RYLA programme at Government PU College for Girls at Malur. Rtn Mrs Sitalakshmi Chinnappa, Rtn Mr Subramaniuam Chittur, Treasurer RCB, with his friends had joined the Team as facilitators. Facilitator Mrs Manjula Ghodake had brought her friend/facilitator Mrs Aruna. En route there was useful interaction among the Team members as Mrs Dipti Ram Kumar took the lead to do so for the benefit of new facilitators.
Rotary – TTK Blood Bank, the flagship project of Rotary Club of Bangalore owes its existence to the relentless endeavors of several of our Rotarians, under the able leadership of Rtn. PDG P.T. Kasturi.
Manoj, just sixteen years of age, is our youngest patient. He lost his mother when his younger sibling was born. Poverty and ignorance caused his mother’s death. His father, a D group employee at Infosys lives with his two children in Raja Rajeshwari Nagar. Manoj had a spinal surgery 5 years ago and went into renal failure due to complications. He was referred to us by a doctor at the Victoria Hospital and has been undergoing dialysis for the past one year at the Raja Rajeshwari Hospital. The saddest part is that there is no cure for renal failure other than dialysis or kidney transplant. Manoj obviously cannot afford the transplant. He is strapped for dialysis throughout his life. Manoj says with a smile that all the staff is very friendly here. His father is very grateful as many of the tests and consultations are done free of cost and dialysis is conducted in a clean environment!
Have you ever visited a govt. primary school in the interiors of Karnataka or even a school just around 50km from the city?
Most of these schools are worse than cowsheds. Children are huddled together in a hole in the wall kind of room with leaking roofs! The walls are damp and have not seen a coat of paint for over 20 years. Often in one room, four different teachers are teaching four different subjects!
“A boy fell in love with a girl and married her.” So what’s new!!
What was remarkable was that the girl is one amongst the many patients with Thalassemia, who has been taking blood transfusions every month for several years at the Arun Kumar day care transfusion Centre at Rotary-TTK Blood Bank. He knew she had Thalassemia, her requirement for regular blood transfusions, laboratory tests, Iron chelation treatment and so on. But nevertheless he married her and invited all at BMST for the wedding!
“I am going to become a Chartered Accountant” declares Veena S, determination written large on her fresh young face. “My father runs a small ‘idli’ hotel and I know he has difficulty with money, but I will achieve my dream of becoming a CA. I want to help children in their education & bring a good name to me & my family.”
37 million! That is the number of blind people in the world today, and India is home to 15 million of those people, making it the country with the largest number of blind people in the world. 75% of the cases are avoidable which means there needs to be more focus on blindness awareness and prevention.
The Rotary Club of Bangalore is addressing this issue by joining hands with the Sankara Eye Foundation and The Timken Foundation, USA to provide eye care facilities to the rural areas of the country.
President Ram, PP Mohan Gurjar and I were walking around the school when we heard some children discussing very excitedly the brand new equipments in their classrooms.
Radha, a 5th Standard student, was telling her friend “Lakshmi, do you know that the new projector has English science and maths material in that chip? We can also remember better by seeing all those images!”, exclaimed Radha.
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