From a very humble background comes this Good Samaritan who is not waiting for huge funds to come her way, but, instead, puts her savings to good use. Dr Kotha Krishnaveni is an inspiration to all those who want to do something – small or big – for the society.
Talking about the urge to do something for the society, Krishnaveni reveals about her early influences. “I come from a farming background and my hometown is Sircilla, Rajanna district, and my husband’s is Karimnagar. Both my father and father-in-law worked for the betterment of the society, treating others’ problems as their own. From settling disputes and providing monetary help to setting up night schools, they have done it all. Even my mother and mother-in-law used to serve food to all the people who worked in the farms, without any distinction. Due to all these influences, serving others was, naturally, inculcated in me,” she says.
Giving books to underprivileged students, aiding in medical treatment of the sick, old, specially-abled, and cancer patients, her exemplary work has won her many accolades. Apart from this, she has been associated with many environmental campaigns like ‘Save Water’ and ‘plastic ban’.
For all those who want to get into charity work, she has a simple advice. Krishnaveni explains, “You don’t need money to help someone. Letting people know that you are there for them is enough. Sometimes, it’s all that they need. A few words of encouragement and hope don’t take away too much of your time or money.”
Krishnaveni has lent her support to numerous causes and touched many lives. Sharing her experiences, she recalls, “I like everything about my journey. The causes I have been a part of, the people I met, but something that is very close to my heart is helping a decrepit old woman from my hometown Sircilla. It was heartbreaking to see her living in such subhuman conditions. Giving her basic rights like house, food and livelihood changed life – hers and mine – for good.”
She has been given many prestigious awards among which Mother Theresa Award and Seva Tapaswi Award in the Telangana State were the prominent ones. Krishnaveni also received an honorary doctorate for her social work from the Indian Peace University, proving that no good deed goes unnoticed.
Pointing out how charity should be a part of our life, Krishanveni explains, “I am not doing this for any kind of recognition. As a society, we have to make charity a way of life. Just like we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, we have to make serving others also a habit. One person may not be able to serve 10 people, but 10 people together can at least serve one needy individual.”
While many form NGOs or associations to run their charity work, Dr Kotha Krishnaveni does it individually. “I don’t have any society or organisation to do this. Whatever is left after running my house, along with some savings, is my source of funds. My husband and kids extend their full support towards my work,” says she.