Bengaluru Kids raised Rs 3.3 lakhs, donated medical kits to rural areas: An Inspiration to all

A 16-year-old boy Aadiv Reki led by a team of volunteers to raise funds to support three Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Anekal taluk with Covid -19 medical kits and oxygen concentrators all worth Rs.3.3 lakh.

Project Breathe (Usiradu) was launched by Bellandur Jothege, a charitable changemakers group. The project aims to provide medical oxygen for Covid patients in rural areas.

The most inspiring spark in the project is a class II student of Indus International school Bengaluru. He realized that there was a need for medical kits in remote PHCs and rural parts of the state to tackle the Covid 19  pandemic.

The little boy decided to deliver oxygen concentrators and medical kits to impoverish communities especially in the rural areas in Anekal taluk.

 Aadiv formed a team of six (including himself), along with his classmates, and began the work in June. They began collaborating with government health officials, raising funds through campaigns, and finding medical donor support.

“We regularly checked with the PHCs to understand what their need was and what the demand was like,” he said, adding that the centers cover a population of an estimated 30,000 residents.

While Aadiv managed and led the project, his teammates Samarth Govil and Naren R provided fundraising support; Tharun V, Arnav N, and Pooja P helped with coordination with PHCs.

On Saturday after a month of hard work the team will hand over the kits to the respective PHCs. The kits will include three oxygen concentrators worth Rs 55,000- 60,000, more than 200 PPE kits, Pulse oximeters, IR thermometers, 02masks, N95 masks, face shields, etc.

The young kids coming up with the idea and implementing it deserve a very big salute.

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