When 16 year old Geetha was on her way back home with her father Mohan Raju, she noticed children playing in unhygienic conditions at a government school. Puzzled by this site, she asked her father why these children were allowed to be in such a condition.
Sadly, a few weeks after the conversation, Geetha succumbed to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, an inflammatory disease and kidney failure.
But her words continued to gnaw at Mohan, and this prompted the 53-year old to resolve Geetha’s concerns.
A civilian employee of the Air Force Technical College (AFTC), Bengaluru, Mohan has adopted six government schools after setting up a charitable education trust under his daughter’s name.
The funds for the trust were raised out of the contributions by the officers at the AFTC
“When my innocent daughter raised the concerns regarding government school children, I thought they were not so important. But after her death, I wanted to do something for those poor children. That is the reason why I embarked on the mission of providing a facelift to government schools one and a half years ago,” Mohan told New Indian Express.
Sri Kumari Geetha Memorable Charitable Education Trust has equipped government schools in Shanbhoganahalli, Karikoppa, Madegowdana Doddi, Konniganahalli and Vaddarahalli the basic facilities that they lacked. In fact, Mohan pays frequent visits to these schools to keep a check on their maintenance.
Initially, Mohan worked with several anganwadis before shifting his focus to the state of government schools in the region. During the onslaught of rains in April, he found a school with a dilapidated roof with water dripping into the classrooms. After getting no help from local leaders, he decided to get the leaking fixed himself and ended up getting the school painted as well.
Apart from supplying books and furniture, the trust calls experts to deliver interesting lectures to school children. They have even started weekly English classes to help the children pick up the language.
The trust also has two differently-abled individuals in their team. According to Mohan, Gangadharaiah and Raghavendra, who are physically and visually impaired respectively, are dedicated employees who work towards the development of government schools.
The trust plans on adopting five more schools soon.