SVN helps chil­dren of for­mer Wales su­gar work­ers

Stabroek News Sunday - - STABROEK NEWS -

Liv­ing up to its com­mit­ment of pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the chil­dren of for­mer su­gar work­ers, the Saraswati Vidya Nike­tan (SVN) reached out to those in the Wales, West Bank De­mer­ara last week­end.

Prin­ci­pal of the school, Swami Ak­sha­rananda said 24 chil­dren re­ceived $10,000 each, along with food ham­pers, com­pli­ments of N&S Mat­tai & Com­pany.

The money was given through a fund that the SVN, a Hindu school on the West Coast of De­mer­ara, launched re­cently so that the chil­dren can con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion.

The aim of the fund is for stu­dents to be sup­ported for “at least one aca­demic year start­ing with the cur­rent school term.”

The prin­ci­pal was proud that the stu­dents have raised more than $560,000 and have so far as­sisted 123 stu­dents, in­clud­ing 99 from Coren­tyne, Ber­bice who have also re­ceived $10,000 each.

Ac­cord­ing to him, Pandit Nando of the Pa­ten­tia Tem­ple suc­cess­fully iden­ti­fied the stu­dents through “the wider com­mu­nity and the churches and masjid.”

He promised to re­turn to the “these com­mu­ni­ties some­time next month to of­fer the same help.”

Swami Ak­sha­rananda was also happy that the SVN has “been able to at­tract a small con­tri­bu­tion out­side of our school com­mu­nity” while they also have com­mit­ment from oth­ers.

The work­ers are still await­ing their sev­er­ance ben­e­fits that the gov­ern­ment has promised. But in the mean­time, the prin­ci­pal said the stu­dents should not suf­fer as a re­sult and would con­tinue with the as­sis­tance later this month.

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