Little deeds of service when multiplied by thousands of people can transform the society, community and the country at large. Lions Club Akividu runs two schools, one hospital, one reading room, four mineral water plants and many other civic amenities under the able guidance of Dr. MVS Raju, District Governor (2010 – 2011) District 316 G.
The poor sanitary conditions and the rising incidence of communicable diseases have remained a major concern in India. Dr. Raju, had, on several occasions, expressed his apprehension over the issue on every platform of the IMA, as well as with other social & cultural organizations.
It was only after the Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, had commissioned the clean India mission with the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan', did the issue get the attention and action that was required.
After being appointed as the District Coordinator of District 316 G for the Swachh Bharat Mission, Dr. MVS Raju initiated the Swachh Bharat Awareness Rally on April 10, 2016. This initiative witnessed the active participation and involvement of Lions and their spouses along with Leo Clubs.
Unattended sewage optimized breeding conditions for mosquitoes, thus posing a major threat for the outbreak of epidemics like, malaria, dengue and brain fever. Additionally, improper disposal of plastics also aggravated the sewage situation.
Dr. Raju determined the need to first create and spread awareness on the ill effects of plastic use in order to initiate a ban. Dr. Raju along with his medical and Lion colleagues extended the initiative to clean the roads and the drains along with educating individuals on the use of plastic.
On May 01, 2016, Dr. Raju launched the “Swachh Akividu Mission” in the worthy hands of the District Governor Lion Ch. Satyanarayana Murthy. The involvement of the elite, Lions and doctors in this mission evoked an extraordinary response along with the active participation from the general public.
The Pilot mission was conducted on three roads of a kilometer distance involving a weeklong vigorous activity that attracted the attention and support of the media, the public and the Gram Panchayat as well.
Following the success of the first one, another awareness rally was organized on May 08, 2016 in the distinguished presence of the pioneer of Swachh Challapalli – Dr. DRK Prasad.
The Lions of Akividu have now pledged to selflessly work towards the Swachh Akividu Mission and also support the sanitary efforts by providing personnel, tractors and trolleys for cleaning. Lions and the public are now adopting the roads and the drains to achieve this goal.
Dr. Raju representative of the mission is doing the best he can to emphasize and educate individuals that drains are only meant for sullage and not suited for the disposal of all that is termed as 'waste'.
After achieving a Clean Akividu, Lions Club Akividu, has proposed to initiate a tree plantation program on either side of the roads and also to develop community parks. Supporting the “Clean & Green Akividu” program, the team of more than 250 Lions and the general public are confident of achieving the goal under the leadership of Dr. MVS Raju.
“Be the Change you want to see in this World” – Mahatma Gandhi
Jai Swachh Bharat , Jai Swachh Akividu