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Dr Kotha Krishnaveni: The Angel of mercy
Many surveys in the past had also indicated the ill-effects of the insensitive school system making primary school children carrying load of a school bag on an average of 10 kg and at high school level about 15 kg.

Indian women have always been an epitome of beauty, strength, and intelligence. Today, the success of Indian women across various walks of life has proven that they have earned this reputation very deservingly. 

If you look deeper you will realise that one of the major contributors to the Indian society has been the active participation of some very focused and dedicated women. Some of them have displayed exemplary devotion in their respective fields. Here is a women, Dr Kotha Krishnaveni, who clearly deserves a great honor like a Padma Shri award for her yeoman services to the destitute in Telangana state. 

Recently, she received the prestigious "Life time achievement award" from honorable Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu at Hyderabad. While speaking to Merinews, after receiving Award, she said that "Help is the rent that  we owe to the earth to live on it.  We must not remain silent when fellow beings are in danger thinking that we do not have money to extend help. Of course, money is necessary in certain situations but not in most cases. Words of empathy cost nothing but give a lot of solace to those in difficulties." Here are some of the service activities being undertaken by Dr Kotha Krishnaveni. 

Inviting house maids, sanitary workers, construction workers etc. on special occasions like Women's days, Mother's days and May Day, honour them and serve lunch to them without discrimination of caste creed and religion and also taking lunch along with them. Visiting slums in summer and serving home-made buttermilk and also distribute ORS packets to them to guard against sunstroke. Distribution of tarpaulin sheets/plastic covers to the hut-dwellers for protection against leakage of water during monsoon. Distribution of blankets and mosquito nets in slum areas in winter season, distribution of school bags, stationery, plates for mid-day meal to poor students and also give help for their education. 

Initiation of 'toilet sponsorship' programme, so that everyone can use the existing 'pay&use' toilets with the inspiration of 'Swachch Bharat'; participation in meetings and rallies for eradication of plastic and rain water storage for environmental protection. 

Extending financial help to HIV, cancer, leprosy patients, the blind, orphans, differently abled and senior citizens and distribution of  food materials to their families, preparing meal and serving them personally, talking with them affectionately and give them moral support, taking orphans to cinema halls for entertainment, also help them in their marriages and any timely activities to the needy. 

Many inspirational activities like efforts to end caste discrimination support to rape victims and to extending help to those affected by natural calamities like floods to promote peace in the society. 

I will stand by the destitute: Krishnaveni           

My heart pinches whenever I come across the underprivileged sections suffering with problems and I do not able to cater to all their needs but I do something within my ability.  I am doings this with the cooperation of my husband. Also I save some money by cutting down my personal expenses.  Dr Krishnaveni believes that if everyone spares some time to understand the genuine emotions of our fellow people the society will definitely be a better place to live.           

Her husband Srinivas says, "Earlier I thought that my wife was just doing all these activities for time pass, but slowly did I realize that she was setting an example for many housewives to create a difference in the society we live in.  We are proud of her." 

Although she was felicitated with a honorary Doctorate for her social work with utmost dedication and compassion towards her fellow beings, Dr. Krishnaveni feels that no award or reward can equal the series of blessings she receives from those whom she had comforted through only heartfelt conversations.           

While many form NGOs or associations to run their charity work, Dr Kotha Krishnaveni does it individually. "I don't have any society or organisation to do this. Whatever is left after running my house, along with some savings, is my source of funds. My husband and kids extend their full support towards my work," she says.           

Pointing out how charity should be a part of our life, Krishanveni explains, "Setting up organizations is not essential to extend verbal help or physical service. No need of donations too. Buy some rice or wheat and some sundries needed for just two days to a hungry one. Similarly just buy medicines necessary for at least one day to any poor patient which can prolong his/her life for one day. It may not be possible for us to all the needy in the society. We may not be able to give help to ten persons. But ten persons together can easily extend help to a needy person.  This kind of help may help a few persons but it serves as an inspiration to others to follow in your footsteps."

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