A Village shows the way to taking care of its elders

By Prof. C.V.Raghavulu

The people of Cherukumilli village of Akiveedu mandal in West Godavari district have shown what it means to be a caring community through their care for the citizens of the village in their sunset years. 

In a unique initiative that has been on since 2007, the village has been taking care of its senior citizens who are alone and without any support by providing them with two square meals a day.

Well settled people hailing from the village and now living in far off places like Hyderabad, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam and the USA have formed into a welfare association and launched a programme to feed lonely senior citizens in the village on August 26, 2007.

According to the residents of the village, Gadiraju Satyanarayana Raju and Datla Appalaraju, the Kshatriya Seva Samiti sends meals carriage direct to homes of the aged by 10 am and 6 p.m. Ever since the programme was launched in 2007, it went on without a break.

The senior citizens, who are eagerly waiting to receive their lunch and dinner, are those who had toiled hard to bring up their wards. With age catching up with them, they were left unsupported. According to Naresh of the Seva Samiti, apart from feeding the senior citizens, the Association is extending financial support to poor students.

The villagers pooled resources and laid a gravel road. The drainage system has been developed with the help of the charity of the employees from the village. The burial ground in the village is being groomed. A pucca building to house the panchayat village is being built. The village has been in the forefront of serving the people of the village without waiting for support from others.

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