Arunika Makam is a 12th standard student at TISB in Bangalore and the founder of GIVEBLOODINDIA, an initiative to encourage people to register as blood donors by using a digital platform, www.givebloodindia.org, to connect donors and recipients in need. The platform is an easy-to-use tool and maintains the privacy of the donors, which is especially important for women.
Arunika worked and volunteered with the GYOF (Gift Your Organ Foundation) and signed up more than 300 donors to donate their organs. During this time she developed the idea of registering blood donors as well. She found that while there are many sites that do this, they do not connect donors and recipients in real time as well as do not maintain the privacy of the donors, which are the unique features of givebloodindia.org
She was featured in the Bangalore Mirror Newspaper in August for her social entrepreneurship venture.