Sangareddy: Inspired by Sarvodaya movement and Gandhian Philosophy, a group of doctors set up Sarvodaya Gama Seva Foundation (SGSF) to take up a library movement in addition to improving the skill base among the children living in rural parts of Sangareddy district.
The doctors – Dr Chandra Krishna, Dr Ajesh Raj Saxena, Dr M Manoj Reddy, Dr Upendra, Dr P Suresh Kumar led by Dr Sudhakar Nayak, an IRS officer working in Hyderabad now, have done appreciable work since the first lockdown was imposed in March 2020.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Dr Nayak said that about 70 to 80 doctors who studied in Osmania and Gandhi Medical College have decided to set up libraries in villages using money they donated. Dr Nayak set up a library in Abbenda village of Narayankhed Mandal to mark his daughter’s first birthday in 2019. Enthused by this, Income Tax Officers Association set up a library at Gongulur. Two more libraries were established with the support of Vimala Foundation in Hanumantha Rao Pet and Nizampet villages. The Sarvodaya Foundation is planning to start a library in Yeddumailaram shortly. The foundation spends about Rs 5000 per month to buy periodicals and towards wages of caretakers.
Dr Krishna said efforts were on to form village library committees in consultation with the local government school teachers to bring an overall change among the children, Dr Ajesh Raj Saxena, says the foundation would also organise competitions in essay writing, elocution, book reading to help children improve their skills and personality.
Dr Saxena says the efforts have resulted in a visible change among the children of Zilla Parishad High School in Gongulur, where students began to speak fluent English within two years of their effort.
Saying that motivating the children to pursue a career in sports was also their one of the objectives, Dr Saxena said efforts were on to start sports academy close to these libraries. While Vimala Foundation had already come forward to set up sports academy, Sarvodaya is trying to raise the funds to set up such academies at various villages.
Meanwhile Dr Saxena and his wife Dr Sumina Reddy had also decided to set up a library on their own expense at a village shortly. Since a number of friends who were working as doctors were coming forward to join hands with them, Dr M Manoj Reddy said that they were aiming to set up libraries across Sangareddy district to bring a change among rural children.
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