It was a dream come true for a widow and her two teenaged daughters, who were living in a tarpaulin covered house with just a sari to cover its door, to get a moderate house of 500 sq. feet constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 lakh by the school mates of the daughters.
The key of the new house named ‘Aardram,’ constructed by the students of Cherplachery Higher Secondary School and the Chalavara grama panchayat, was handed over to Ambika and Thulasi studying in the Plus Two and Std V respectively by K.S. Saleekha, MLA, in the presence of M.B. Rajesh, MP, and the students of the school at Kannamthode in Chalavara on Saturday.
After her husband’s death a few years ago in an accident, Sreedevi and her two daughters were living from the small income the mother earned as a manual labourer.
When the students of the Cherplachery School came to know about the plight of their classmates Ambika and Thulassi, they visited the house and found to their shock that they were living, sleeping and cooking in the one-room shed.
The students decided to collect some money to construct a house for them because they found that with just a strong wind the ‘tarpaulin’ cover would come off.
V. Nandakumar, Principal of Cherplachery Higher Secondary School, said that students and teachers joined together to form a committee for –‘Ambika-Thulasi House Construction’ with Chalavara grama panchayat president P. Haridasan as chairman and himself as general convener.
They shifted the family first to a rented house. Many students voluntarily contributed from Rs.1,000 to Rs. 2,000 moved by the plight of their classmates, said P. Haridasan, Chalavara grama panchayat president.