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.
Chethan M Gowda started his own non-profit organisation called ‘Khoon‘ in May 2016 after his teacher passed away. The organisation arranges for blood when blood banks and other sources do not have enough blood to donate.
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.”
Here is how his NGO works:
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.
With the help of a few friends, Gowda tracks availability of blood by directly connecting the donor to the family of the person who needs blood. The group of friends also organise awareness camps every month on the actual price of blood, which is Rs.500 to Rs.2,000 for 450 ml.
As of now up to 30 people have benefited from this NGO so far. Khoon has also 250 registered donors with them.
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.
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.”