JOHN L. PAUL
They had the faith to do something for these needy children.
Taking a few hours off their hectic schedule to cheer up less-fortunate children turned out to be time well spent for a group of teenagers from Kochi, pursuing professional courses in different parts of the country. They call themselves ‘The Precipitates’. A year ago, they organised Hope 2007, an event when in which 350 inmates of 13 orphanages in and around Kochi exhibited their talents on stage. The idea of doing something good for society dawned when they met during tuitions and entrance-coaching classes and at a camp organised by the Rotary Club. This time, they got together for the Diwali vacation and named the programme, Faith, to reach out to orphans kids. Thus, along with 10 kids from Santhwana Orphanage, Elamakkara, Kochi, they ventured out into parks and other picnic spots in the city. “It turned out to be a day-long adoption of the kids,” says Akhil Yoshith of The Precipitates.
The kids were given the option of choosing whatever they wanted. Some chose to go to the park, while some preferred the beach and others wanted to go to a good restaurant.
“We were quite touched when one of the kids said that he wanted just a soda. It showed that many of them had limited dreams, things which children from well off families took for granted,” Akhil said.
The teenage group also bought sandals and clothes for the kids, using money donated by Akhil’s who brother lives in Australia. The funds also came in handy to arrange a vehicle to take them to different places.
Apart from Akhil, the team members included Narayanan H, Mohammed Yarshin, Beena Paul, Jess, Sana Fathima, Shivasree and Sharath Antony. The group is now scouting for people to sponsor the kids’ stay and studies at the orphanage at Rs 1,000 per child, per month.
For details, call 98956 99995.