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Donkada - A Model Village

03-11-2017 02:00 PM | Sagarika Kanukollu

Donkada - A Model Village | My Indian Dream

Story of a village which has made its own wings to fly and also won the prestigious ‘Gram Puraskar’ award

Often people spend lives in a hope of a blue moon day that would change everything. They blame their lack of access to facilities on the government and its representatives. However, there’s a place, which is breaking this stereotype and has marched ahead of the crowd. This village tags itself as an ideal one and has won the ‘Gram Puraskar’ award for its phenomenal development. This village doesn’t hide its poverty under any tree of tolerance but has the resilience to build its own fortune.

Donkada, a village that falls in the Visakha District, Andhra Pradesh is quite impressive in its own way. Holding a population of around 4500, this village facilitates great quality in sanitation and cleanliness. What acts as a backbone for this village’s development is the Ramakrishna Math in Hyderabad. With divine belief in the Indian mystic Ramakrishna Paramahansa and his disciple Swami Vivekananda, this spiritual establishment has geared up to bring progress in human lives and preaches serving humanity.Its mission is to provide a better standard of living to the less fortunate people, making it easier for them to attain fulfillment of desires that would otherwise take years.

It is inspirational to know how the people of this village co-operate each other for mutually beneficial lives. The initiative began with providing education to the children who mostly indulge in agricultural activities. Realizing the fact that commuting every day to longer distances for higher education is cumbersome for girls, the association shares the charges of autos or buses and makes it easy for their parents to manage.

The initiatives that the villagers have taken to maintain greenery and cleanliness are worth appreciation. Moreover, it’s surprising to know that the villagers collectively have banned smoking and consuming alcohol. They take utmost care of the animals and their nurturing. They have built a temple and a hall for meditation where they serve God with their chants. They have appointed women to cook food and distribute to the underprivileged of the village. There’s a water plant to supply drinking water in a reasonable amount too. All this funding is done by the Ramakrishna Math and its donors.

Isn’t it worth a thought that some part of your money is helping to develop an entire village?  The thousands of lives that might be sleeping with gratitude towards you for gifting them a life far better than the one they have imagined! This is the story of a village which has made its own wings to fly out of the hurricane and it had the people to give it a push. Let yourself be the fuel for some other flight that has another thousand of passengers in it, for a safe reach of life.