See how chil­dren are help­ing the ‘not so for­tu­nate’ to read sto­ries

Stu­dents col­lect 400 used books and do­nate them

Gulf News - - Front Page - BY ADITHIYAN RA­JAN Gulf News reader The reader is a stu­dent based in Dubai. Be a com­mu­nity re­porter. Send us your videos and pic­tures at read­[email protected] com

The Year of Zayed was a great op­por­tu­nity for us to learn about the life of the ex­em­plary leader late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. I am truly in­spired by the found­ing fa­ther’s com­mit­ment to the na­tion, hu­man­ity and en­vi­ron­ment, which has led me to fol­low in his foot­steps by tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to con­tin­u­ally achieve my goal of cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the world in any way pos­si­ble.

While we stu­dents spend our va­ca­tion in many dif­fer­ent ways, I thought of mak­ing mine a mem­o­rable one. While vis­it­ing my friend’s place in our com­mu­nity, I ob­served that a lot of used school books were be­ing de­posited in the re­cy­cle bins.

The very fact that our old books, that lie un­used at home and are be­ing thrown away, could ac­tu­ally im­part knowl­edge that is ever so cru­cial to some­one in need, pro­voked me to ini­ti­ate a book do­na­tion drive through which many would be ben­e­fit­ted. I also saw this as a chance to help the less for­tu­nate, es­pe­cially in the spirit of Christ­mas and New Year.

The book do­na­tion drive was ini­ti­ated with the aim of bring­ing joy and hap­pi­ness to the hearts of as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble by pro­vid­ing them with read­ing ma­te­rial that will help them gain knowl­edge while hav­ing fun. We, the vol­un­teers of stu­dent group “We Care”, hosted this cam­paign out of our strong be­liefs that is in line with our com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment and so­ci­ety.

At the same time, re-us­ing these books is a great way to tremen­dously re­duce the car­bon foot­print, since tons of printed paper is not be­ing wasted and con­se­quently, trees will be saved.

We col­lected var­i­ous old yet use­able books of sev­eral gen­res such as novels, en­cy­clopae­dias and text­books from our friends and neigh­bours. After col­lect­ing, sort­ing and ar­rang­ing what we re­ceived, we do­nated around 400 books to the Emi­rates Red Cres­cent or­gan­i­sa­tion, where they will be dis­trib­uted to chil­dren in need in dif­fer­ent parts of the world, giv­ing these books a new life. We be­lieve that our ef­forts will bear fruit when the books reach their new read­ers and brighten up their world.

Gain­ing knowl­edge and learn­ing new things starts from read­ing and we are very proud to be part of an ini­tia­tive to show our sup­port for the peo­ple in need. With such do­na­tions, we want to in­spire gen­eros­ity for the greater good of mankind.

We were im­pressed with the over­whelm­ing re­sponse and con­tri­bu­tions from our neigh­bours and friends. This proved to me that ev­ery­one is will­ing to help in which­ever way pos­si­ble. It is very heart­en­ing to know that peo­ple are so quick and ea­ger to reach out a help­ing hand to do­nate for a com­mon cause. It in­stils a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and faith to­wards the so­ci­ety we live in. We are de­lighted that we are able to act as a chan­nel for peo­ple to show their benev­o­lence and touch so many lives.

Giv­ing back to so­ci­ety

Ria Menon, a stu­dent of Dubai, who par­tic­i­pated in the drive said: “Many peo­ple around the world do not have ac­cess to books and ed­u­ca­tion, so it feels good to know that some­one some­where would have ben­e­fit­ted from the books that we do­nated. This was a small op­por­tu­nity by which I could give back to so­ci­ety and I look for­ward to be­ing part of many more such op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture.”

Manoj Manikan­dan, an­other Dubaibased stu­dent and par­tic­i­pant said: “I was very ex­cited to do­nate books to ones who need them the most. We should try to do­nate as much as we can. I am happy to be a part of this good deed. I would like to thank all the donors and the Emi­rates Red Cres­cent so­ci­ety for mak­ing this pos­si­ble. I hope our books will help the needy ones and be of use to them.”

I thank ev­ery­one who gen­er­ously con­trib­uted to our book do­na­tion drive in the spirit of giv­ing with­out whom this event would not have been pos­si­ble.

Through these ef­forts, I wish to in­spire those around me to think and act with hu­man­ity and kind­ness for the un­der priv­i­leged just like Shaikh Zayed. We must all unite to bring about a con­struc­tive change in our so­ci­ety by any means pos­si­ble, be it big or small.

Let’s live in­spired by the mean­ing­ful words of Ma­hatma Gandhi: “The best way to find your­self, is to lose your­self in the ser­vice of oth­ers.”

Gain­ing knowl­edge and learn­ing new things starts from read­ing and we are very proud to be part of an ini­tia­tive to show our sup­port for the peo­ple in need.

Cour­tesy: Adithiyan Ra­jan

Above: Adithiyan and his peers get books for do­na­tion in or­der. Below: At the UAE Red Cres­cent build­ing dur­ing the do­na­tion drive.

Cour­tesy: Adithiyan Ra­jan

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