Sudheer and Hema Piddi of Gadag celebrated the birthday of their 5-year-old daughter differently this year. They sponsored the educational expenses of a girl child from an underprivileged background.
It was little Shravani Piddi’s 5th birthday this past Sunday. But her parents decided that instead of throwing a lavish party for the child, they wanted to sensitise their daughter and other relatives and friends towards the needs of the poor.
Inspired by the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao movement, Sudheer Piddi, a corporate social responsibility trainer at a multinational company, decided the family should sponsor the school fees, uniforms, books, study materials and educational tours of a girl child.
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“As the government provides education for girls free of cost, we thought of choosing a girl in a private high school. Finally, we approached SSK High School at Bavangadde, Gadag, where there are students from poor and lower middle class,” Hema Piddi said to Times of India.
Sanjay Merwade, the Principal of SSK High School, said the Piddi family wanted to identify a genuine beneficiary for their cause. “We had a teachers’ meeting and chose a girl whose father has passed away and mother works as a domestic help,” he said.
The Piddis managed to inspire even the school chairman RK Habib, who said, “I too am thinking of doing something similar and we’ll encourage it among parents of our students so that needy students can get help from the society.”
As for the Piddi family, they want to expand their initiative to other students if possible. “Though we’re middle class people, we just want to share what we have,” said Sudheer Piddi.