THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Students of Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School come forward to rebuild the lives of those in need.
Rajam, a domestic worker, and her son will have busy days ahead with the construction of their new home, but they were only too glad to welcome a group of young visitors to their house recently.
After all, it is with the generous help of a group of 20 students from the Christ Nagar Higher Secondary School, Kowdiyar, that the family is building a new house.
For a cause
The students under the initiative of School Principal Fr. Cyriac Kaanayil and the social club team members collected Rs. five lakhs as financial aid to the poor family, who had lost their mud thatched house during the heavy rains.
The team met Rajam and her son during their stay in Aanad, near Nedumangad, to hand over the money to the family.
The school has mobilised resources to build a 500 sq. ft. house for the family.
The students were informed of the family’s plight in one of the sessions on social responsibilities and letters were also sent to the houses of each student to seek the support of the parents. The children had contributed their share of pocket money which they received during various festivals and on birthdays.
“In previous years, the school had provided similar assistance to one of the non-teaching staff of the school who had suffered a heart attack. The students also donated some money to a student for cancer treatment. Every time the students willingly came forward to donate money for the needy,” said the Principal.
This time too the students willingly came forward to help the family with cleaning the surroundings, moving the construction materials to the site etc. It was a good lesson in social work as well as manual labour, added the Principal.
The work doesn’t end there for these young philanthropists. They are also planning to visit the family regularly during the construction time to provide necessary help in painting the house and other activities.
The team expects to hand over the key of the completed house as a gift on Onam.