We all learn our lessons from our teachers, but this 16-year-old Bengaluru boy learned a very important lesson after he lost his favourite teacher due to lack of blood in the blood banks. It moved him so much that he decided to help others.
Facebook/Chethan M Gowda
Gowda wants to pass along a powerful message that nobody should have to die for the want of something that is abundant in everyone’s body.
Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, Gowda said, “Our country has abundant blood, but people still die of blood shortage. I want to change that.”
A blood donation camp in Mumbai. Reuters
The NGO is maintaining a directory of blood donors who can help people in need at the price sanctioned by the government. Those in need of blood get in touch with Gowda directly, who directs them to donors.
Gowda has become a hero at a tender age and is everywhere in the media for starting up a thoughtful NGO.
Khoon also tracks availability of blood with various well known organisations like Red Cross, the Bowring Hospital Blood Bank and the Life Saver Blood Centre.
Chethan M Gowda is only 16 years of age. Facebook/Chethan M Gowda
The only hindrance that Gowda faces arises when he goes to other organisations and talks about his plans. He is so young that many don’t take him seriously. “Nobody takes me seriously when I say I want to help people with blood donations,” he said, adding, “It takes a lot of paperwork and convincing from my side.”