Mum students raise 43L for the disabled
Provide Prosthetic Legs To The Needy From Vidarbha
Mumbai: If education’s purpose is to serve society, this bunch of young schoolkids is doing just that. Students of Bombay Scottish School in Mumbai are collecting funds to help provide artificial limbs to those from remote villages in the backward Vidarbha region.
As many as 156 of these students, from classes 9 to 12, have so far raked in more than Rs 43 lakh through crowdfunding. The funds, which have poured in from 1,428 people from across 165 towns in India, will not just offer the villagers a prosthetic limb, but will give them mobility and a “new shot at life”.
“It’s heart-warming that these young children have taken this initiative to such heights,” said Dr Sunder Subramanium, of the NGO Freedom Trust, which is coordinating the project.
Each of the students had set a target for themselves to garner at least Rs 20,000. So far, at least 100 of them have met their targets and some of them have even crossed the minimum amount. Four of them have gone beyond Rs 1 lakh in just 10 days.
The cost of each limb tots up to Rs 10,000. The sheer effort of the students translates into changing the lives of more than 400 people. The campaign ends on November19, by which time the students hope to collect Rs 50 lakh. Ansh Patel, a class XI student who tapped his parents’ contact lists, said he was worried if people would even hear him out. “But once I started sending messages, the response was great,” he said.
Dia Parasrampuria, a class XI student who raised Rs 1.43 lakh, said her father was a “big help” in the effort.
Saachi Kamat, a class XI commerce student who has collected Rs 1.28 lakh, is thrilled at how strangers helped. “About 80% of funds I received came from people I didn’t know,” said Saachi.
Ranganath Thota, founder of ‘fueladream’, the crowdfunding site on which the funds are being collected, said crowdfunding maximises storytelling, and social media maximises impact. Maryam Mozayan, who who has raised Rs 1.34 lakh , said she did it only because helping people makes her happy. The help, said Dr Subramanium, is more than what the kids can imagine. “Patients come crawling into our camps. But thanks to initiatives like this one, they will go home back on their feet.”
A prosthetic leg is handed over to a woman at a special camp held by the NGO Freedom Trust recently