One fine evening, Few of the volunteers of Sankalp emergency wing received a call. A patient in Gulbarga urgently needed AB- blood. Gulbarga is one of the remotest places in Karnataka with very little blood awareness, and finding a donor there was a tough challenge. The blood banks of Gulbarga and its neighboring districts (Bijapur, Bidar, Raichur) were running dry! The volunteers were left with a very few options-
- Call up all possible blood banks in Gulbarga and neighboring districts and inquire them about donor contacts, if they had maintained any.
- Search for donors in online portals, and extend their search to social networking sites.
- Call up all Sankalp contacts and involve them in the donor search as well.
Unfortunately, none of the options worked out. The blood bank databases were age old- some dated back to times, when even mobile phones had not entered India. In one such database, a donor called Raju was located. His address and phone number were invalid. An old blood bank staff told the volunteers that Raju was once the president of Diksha, a local organization in Gulbarga, and no one knew his present location. Finding Raju was critical. He was their last hope!
The volunteers of Sankalp emergency wing conducted online searches for everyone they could locate, closely related to Diksha. These volunteers are not just blood search, but also Google search experts. Afterall, they are engineers! Members of Diksha were called- in the middle of the night. Most of them were either helpless, or irritated, but the volunteers didn’t loose hope. After hours of exhaustive searching, they were able to locate Raju! The next time a call was made, these dreamers knew that one more life was saved!
Note– Considering the interest of the donor and his organization, the names have been changed.