According to a report by the Hindustan Times, a civic engineer from Dahanu, Maharashtra donated Rs 5 lakh which his family has received as cash gifts on his daughter’s wedding to an NGO named Brotherhood of People Project in Hemalkasa of Gadchiroli district. The project is run by Raman Magsaysay award winner Dr Prakash Amte and his wife Mandakini.
Rajesh Akre is a resident of Dantepada in Dahanu. He made the donation at the wedding of his eldest daughter Urvi, who is an archaeologist at the Prince of Wales Museum. Akre works as an assistant engineer with the BMC. He said, “I am financially well off and I wanted to share my happiness with the ones who are underprivileged. What is a better way to do that than donating cash gifts to Dr Prakash Amte? I had visited the ashram in Hemalkasa in October 2014 where Dr Amte hosted me. I was thoroughly impressed with his work, so I decided to do something for this project.”
He further added, “After consulting with my family, I decided to donate all the cash gifts we receive at the wedding reception to Dr Amte.” Guests who were invited to the wedding were informed about the donation before hand. “I am thankful to the 900-odd guests who extended their helping hand,” the engineer said.
Dr Prakash Amte said, “I am overwhelmed. This is the first time that such a donation has been made to the project and that too during a wedding reception.”
Who is Dr Prakash Amte?
Dr Prakash Amte is a man with a plan. A doctor by profession, he has dedicated his life to contribute to the wellness of people in a Maharashtrian village, Hemalkasa. There he started a project called Lok Biradari Prakalp in the year 1973. This helped in the development of tribal people from Madia Gond, living in the forests of Gadchirolli district. His project led to the formation of Lok Biradari Prakalp Davakhana providing medical assistance to tribal people. Amte lived in the tribal area, providing medical aid to people even in the times when there was no electricity. He performed surgeries in such conditions for about 20 years. Today there are more than 40,000 people who receive medical facilities due to his efforts every year.
The Logical Indian Take
The Logical Indian wholeheartedly applauds the decision of Rajesh Akre who donated all the cash gifts received in their daughter’s wedding to the Brotherhood of People Project. His decision is an inspiration for the youngsters today, as they can look up to him- with a faith that, it’s only in our hands to fuel and support people who are trying to bring about a good change in the society.