Unlike most of the students, who are burdened with the pressure of “getting placed” in their final year of their Engineering Colleges, there is this bunch of lads working for not only their future but also for the future of “the people”.
I met a group of 4 guys
Anish Kumar Rout
Abhay Kumar Mohanta
Soumya Ranjan Sahu
on a lazy Sunday morning and caught up with them regarding we4u started by Abhay Kumar Mohanta and his group of friends (Batch of 2010- Gandhi Engineering College, Bhubaneswar).
It all started with an article in TOI about an orphanage called “Anand Mission”. We4u is not just another student group. With an aim to make –The Difference, the trust started with an aim to spread happiness amongst the kids in Anand Mission (celebration of birthdays, distributing gifts amongst them) they started addressing other problems faced by the society.
We4u is famous for organizing regular Blood Donation Camps. The biggest problem the Blood Banks face is shortage of blood. To address this problem they started blood donation camps during summers. Their first event as a registered organization was a blood donation camp on 18th April 2010.They also has a database of all their donors so that they can be contacted during an emergency.
Apart from Blood donation camps we4u has also served many other projects, such as
UTTHAN, a collection of a meager amount of Rs 5 per month by every college student, PRAYASH which is a children festival, QUEST which imparts technical training to people from non technical background like government employees and GREEN PANACEA that aims at encouraging more afforestation and conservation of Flora and Fauna.
I had a brief discussion with them about their ongoing projects…
BROKEN SCOOTER: Which projects are you currently working on?
We4u: There is this one called “Project Rainbow” – where we are trying to convert orphanages and foster homes into play schools by painting the walls.
Most of the orphanages here are in a bad shape, especially during monsoon. We are trying to give the orphanages a makeover.
BROKEN SCOOTER: Can you tell me more about “Project Vision”?
We4u: There are around 6 braille presses in India and Orissa itself has around 42 blind schools. Clearly, the demand for books and study materials is more but the supply is less. So recording the syllabus in audio format is the most feasible option we have.
BROKEN SCOOTER: How many volunteers are presently involved in Project Vision?
We4u: We have around 10 active volunteers who are working on the project.
BROKEN SCOOTER : Do you see any flaws in the structure put forth by the Government ?
We4u : Yes. Some of the major shortcomings would be lack of training for Teachers in blind schools , lack of enough teachers,counselors and study materials, limited number of printing presses add insult to injury.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. We4You has emerged as a diligent group of helping hands for the upliftment of the underprivileged masses.
Let their efforts not go to waste.
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