“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Truer words have not been said.
In a world so fraught with conflict and competition, it is always heartening to see people who are kind and believe in compassion.
A group of students from Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai’s Mahim, have proved that while education stimulates the brain, it also enriches the soul.
156 students from classes 9 to 12 have come together to raise Rs 43 lakh through crowdfunding.
This amount will be used to provide artificial limbs to those from remote villages in the Vidharbha region.
In a report published by The Times of India, Dr Sunder Subramanium of Freedom Trust, the NGO, who will help procure the artificial limbs, said, “It’s heart-warming that these young children have taken this initiative to such a height.”
Freedom Trust, a charitable institution established in 1997, believes that a handicapped human being can be empowered to lead a good and dignified life, where they can contribute to society in their own way.
Since the cost of each limb is about Rs 10,000, each of the students had set themselves the target of raising Rs 20,000.
Five students whose efforts must be appreciated and applauded are Saachi Kamat, Ansh Patel, Dia Parasrampuria, Maryam Mozayan, and Keisha Kaba. They all have managed to collect over Rs 1 lakh each.
Saachi, a class 11 student told the publication, “About 80% of the funds I recovered came from people I didn’t know.”
With seven days to go before the campaign ends, it is hoped that the money raised benefits the maximum number of people.
In a similar vein, a crowdfunding initiative by Bengaluru’s Delhi Public School North set out to raise Rs 17 lakh for those suffering from congenital heart disease. Crish Chengappa, a class 10 student from the school at the time, raised Rs 2,00,500. Read about this initiative here.
Here’s your chance to make a difference and help Bombay Scottish’s students in their cause.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)