My Name is Vegesena Prudhvi Raju; Krishnaveni my wife and I are the founders of Satya Seva Trust (SST).
About the Trust:
SST was established in 1986 and its purpose was to serve the people of Kallakuru. We began by addressing some of the most basic needs such as helping the elderly, sanitation, education and clean water supply.
The story might have ended there had my wife and I not returned to India in 2001 to assist my mother. Soon, we began to notice that much had changed during the 30 years we had lived in England and the U.S. Discontent and alcoholism were rampant, and human dignity was almost a forgotten concept. Also, a strange business was booming in the countryside where corrupt politicians purchase votes. Both buyers and sellers were exploiting themselves and others.
After some soul searching, we thought these problems could not be solved—not even with millions of dollars—unless we could help individuals realize their self-worth. We, in the small village of Kallakuru, dared to address the major issues of the day. Our hope was and still is that the people of Kallakuru can chart a new and bright course for themselves. In order to do that, we trusted in innate human goodness and resourcefulness. Our efforts were focused on providing these people with the necessary conditions to not only achieve economic independence, but also facilitate human growth.
For more details on how SST and The Kallakuru Experiment got started and what we are doing now please view the following two part videos (English/Telugu versions) by clicking on the links below:
The Kallakuru Experiment 2013 – Part 1 of 2.
The Kallakuru Experiment 2013 – Part 2 of 2.
The Kallakuru Experiment 2013 – TELUGU Version – Part 1 of 2
The Kallakuru Experiment 2013 – TELUGU Version – Part 2 of 2
About Me: Dr. Vegesena Prudhvi Raju
I attended medical school at Rangaraya Medical College in Kakinada, AP India. I completed surgical residency in England (F.R.C.S. Eng.) and worked as a surgical registrar. In the US, I was Board Certified (ABEM) and worked in emergency medicine in North Carolina, from 1974–1998, and was an assistant professor for five years in the Department of Emergency Medicine at East Carolina University.
Retiring in 1998, I returned to Kallakuru from 2001-2010. I am working on a book, tentatively titled, “The Kallakuru Experiment,” about the successes and failures I have experienced while attempting to help the people of my home village establish a new vision for themselves and the country, based on human goodness. Seeing the successes; I am planning to expand the Kallakuru Experiment further in 2013.
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