Warangal Urban: Unlike many who use social networking sites only for socialising with friends and making new ones, a school dropout from Bollikunta village of Sangem mandal near Warangal city is using Facebook and WhatsApp to serve the needy.
Machika Raju, who is working as a driver, used to help his friends and others since his childhood. Raju, who is also has an account in Facebook came up with an idea of creating a group on Facebook and help the needy. He created a group called ‘Orugallu Helping Hands (OHH)’ and invited like-minded friends to the group.
Upon his request, nearly 50 people joined the group and on January 25, 2015 they met at Public Gardens in Hanamkonda and chalked out their plans to serve the people. The members of the OHH were mainly involved in donating blood. Nearly 900 units of blood have been donated by them so far. On the other hand, they also distribute blankets to the destitute, books and notebooks to the poor children, paying school fees for a few students who are orphans.
Besides this, they also conduct awareness programmes like cycle rallies on the need to protect environment, planting the saplings under Haritha Haram programme and Swachh Bharath for cleanliness. The group members who include all age group people generally prefer celebrating important occasions with the orphans at the orphanages.
“We are also donating essential goods to the orphanages and old age homes in the city. We have distributed 1600 notebooks to the poor children in 2016-17,” says Machika Raju. Ashraf Ali, a member of the group, says, “Facebook, WhatsApp and other social networking sites are not only meant for entertainment, they can be indeed used for serving the needy. We have proved this,” he adds.
Ajay Kumar, admin of the Orugallu Blood Group, says that those who want blood can just put a message on their Facebook page to get the blood. “Those who need blood can also WhatsApp at our numbers to get the blood,” he adds.
People can reach them at these numbers: Machika Raju (8897727799), Ajay Kumar (9985652578) and Asraf Ali (9703820618).