Eluru witnessed a transformative event that brought together the ethos of service, recognition, and inspiration. The Latha Raja Foundation’s Sevaa Dharmik Awards, an initiative born out of compassion and dedication, illuminated the city on Sunday, January 28, 2024, at the Kranthi Kalyana Vedika. This evening was not just about honoring the selfless but also about expanding the horizons of philanthropy to every district headquarters throughout Telugu states.
Latha Raja Foundation: A Chronicle of Humanity
Established in 2015 in memory of Smt. K. S. S. Latha, Director of Exotic Events, the Latha Raja Foundation stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of service. The foundation’s core mission revolves around promoting social education and knowledge dissemination. The triannual “Sevaa Dharmik Awards” is a beacon that acknowledges and honors NGOs and philanthropists who dedicate themselves to serving society and humanity.
A Night of Eminent Guests
The Sevaa Dharmik Awards in Eluru played host to a distinguished panel of Guests of Honour, each adding a layer of significance to an already impactful evening. Esteemed personalities like Sri U. Venkateswarlu, IAS (Retd.), former Chief Secretary, Tripura, and Sri V.V. Laxminarayana, IPS, Former Joint Director, CBI, graced the occasion with their presence.
Awardees Who Define Service
The crux of the Sevaa Dharmik Awards lies in the celebration of individuals and organizations committed to making a difference. These awardees are not just names; they are narratives of resilience, compassion, and transformative change.
Anandha Ashram, Hyderabad, Telangana
A charitable institution founded by Gattu Giri, Anandha Ashram is dedicated to serving the needy in Hyderabad. Under the initiative of Matrudevobhava, the ashram provides shelter, food, and support to orphaned children and destitute individuals.
VIEW, Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh
Led by Venkata Narayana in Anantapur, VIEW addresses the accessibility gap in higher education for the visually challenged. The center offers life skills training, empowering visually challenged individuals for self-sustainability.
The Hummingbird School and Ayang, Majuli Island, Assam
Under the leadership of Bipin Dhane, this school in Assam focuses on breaking the poverty cycle through education, healthcare, and livelihood initiatives. The Hummingbird School imparts quality education to underprivileged students, while Ayang promotes sustainable development and eco-tourism.
Karunashraya, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Founded in 1995, Karunashraya is a hospice and palliative care center committed to providing compassionate end-of-life care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses. The organization’s dedicated team offers medical, emotional, and spiritual support to patients.
A Journey Beyond Borders
The Sevaa Dharmik Awards in Eluru marked a significant stride in the Latha Raja Foundation’s mission to extend the reach of their recognition. Beyond the annual awards in Hyderabad, the foundation now aspires to bring the inspiring stories of philanthropy to every district headquarters throughout Telugu states.
As the curtains fell on the evening in Eluru, the spirit of giving, compassion, and service lingered, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural tapestry of the city. The Sevaa Dharmik Awards were not just a ceremony; they were a celebration of human kindness, a tribute to those who dedicated their lives to uplifting others. Eluru, with its rich heritage and warm hospitality, welcomed a new chapter in the ongoing saga of philanthropy, reminding us all that the ripple effects of selfless service know no bounds.