Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence

MRSK CHAI­TANYA 21, Man­age­ment stu­dent and Founder of Pas­sion­ate Foun­da­tion

India Today - - SIMPLY HYDERABAD -

At 21, MRSK Chai­tanya has al­ready de­cided that he will re­main a bach­e­lor for life like his idol, Anna Hazare, to serve the com­mu­nity and na­tion. “I can’t imag­ine any other life path for me,” Chai­tanya says. He started the NGO, Pas­sion­ate Foun­da­tion in 2007 while study­ing in class XII, with the vi­sion of help­ing govern­ment schools func­tion bet­ter by pro­vid­ing mid day meals and con­struct­ing toi­lets. The NGO also works to­wards pro­vid­ing med­i­cal care to the poor and in­volv­ing the youth in com­mu­nity work. Chai­tanya was awarded the United Na­tions Youth Ex­cel­lence Award for Com­mu­nity Ser­vice and So­cial En­trepreneur­ship when he was just 17. To­day the NGO is run by more than 200 vol­un­teers be­low the age of 25.

CLEAR VI­SION Chai­tanya is pur­su­ing an

MBA and speaks at var­i­ous fo­rums in In­dia and abroad on mat­ters re­lated to so­cial change. He also con­stantly en­cour­ages young­sters to vol­un­teer for com­mu­nity work. The road ahead is not easy, but he is de­ter­mined. “Help­ing those in need gives me a lot of joy. That keeps me go­ing through the ups and downs of life.”

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sec­ond opinion

“Chai­tanya is on a mis­sion to trans­form the so­cial land­scape

of In­dia. It’s in­cred­i­ble that some­one so young can res­onate so strongly with the so­cial needs

of the na­tion.”

KARUNA GOPAL, PRES­I­DENT, FOUN­DA­TION FOR FU­TUR­IS­TIC CITIES “It’s sad that peo­ple sup­port young­sters who want to be DJS and ac­tors but not those in­ter­ested in com­mu­nity work”

SRINI­VAS

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