Whitefield Rising – a resident association in Whitefield has always been involved in initiatives for the welfare of the local community. The group has been shortlisted for ‘The Fourth eNGO challenge South Asia 2015’ under the category ‘Best Use of Social Media’ for their efforts to reach out to other citizens and built support for the causes they take up.
Members of Whitefield Rising have used the social media effectively to point out flaws related to infrastructure and government policies.
They faced heavy completion with various communities from countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka as well from those in different parts of India to make it into the list of finalists.
Mayur Jain, 32, who was widely appreciated on social media for repairing a pothole using his own money, and an active member of Whitefield Rising, said, “The feeling of being recognised for the efforts that every Whitefield Rising member has put in is amazing. Everyone has strived to keep Whitefield clean.”
Another member of group, Sameer Kumar, 33, said, “There are thousands of such groups around the country. That Whitefield Rising has been identified among them only proves that the community is on the right track. We are simply a group of people who wanted to bring about a change and ensure that our voice is heard.”