24-Year-Old Delhi Boy Brings About A Change By Adopting An Entire Village In Karnataka

Rahul Prasad, a 24-year-old Delhi boy stood as an inspiration for million in wake of adopting an entire district in Karnataka. An age where your whole life surrounds around your own selfish needs, this final-year student of RV College of Engineering was so moved by the detoriating living conditions of a remote pea-sized village in Karnataka, that couldn’t resist doing something monumental for it.

It all started 4 years ago when rahul visited Bhadrapura, a village 3km off Mysuru Road in Ramanagara district as a part of a medical camp for children. Back then he had taken toothbrushes, soaps and other material for the Hakki Pikki tribal people and even taken hygiene classes with other volunteers.

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Since that first time Rahul held Bhadrapura close with a possessive pride. There is a palpable change, and he knows he is driving it. However,  last year, after many such hygiene camps, Rahul realized nothing had changed; Bhadrapura needed more than soap and toothpaste, it needed continuous engagement to bring in positive results.So this young inspiring boy took it upon himself to adopt the village, with all its 140 households, and is garnering the support of volunteers and corporates to change lives here.

Rahul’s organization, Juvenile Care Charitable Trust, which works for the uplift of underprivileged children, has signed an agreement with the jurisdictional Manchanayakanahalli panchayat development officer, to take up work. While Rahul is a regular visitor to the village, his volunteers drop in during weekends to participate in welfare activities.

Rahul and the other volunteers have managed to figure out 3 major health concerns for the village:

“We’ve identified three major issues bothering the villagers. They lack hygiene, with clogged roadside drains turning into breeding e grounds for mosquitoes. Open defecation is still a reality, despite the village being within 50km of IT City. The nearest hospital is about 8km away,” explains Rahul

Rahul considers himself a social entrepreneur and won the prestigious UN Karmaveer Chakra Award and REX Global Fellowship, instituted by the Indian Confederation of NGOs in association with the United Nations-a national medallion for proactive voluntary action.

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