Telangana

Funds raised for Dalit girl heading to US

The rural student has been selected for US exchange programme

Several Good Samaritans donated money to K. Sumalatha, the 15-year-old girl from a poor Dalit family of the town, to help her meet the travel expenses for pre-departure orientation camp in New Delhi.

Sumalatha, who just completed her SSC from the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Centre of Excellence at Algunur in Karimnagar district, was selected to participate in the prestigious year-long US-sponsored Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Programme to be held in the United States from August this year.

Response

Responding to a news report on her achievement and the financial condition carried in these columns on June 3, a group of Good Samaritans including Yellandu ZPTC member Chandra Aruna on Sunday met Sumalatha at her grandparent’s house in the coal town and congratulated her on her accomplishment.

Role model

The ZPTC member along with Mandal Parishad Development Officer Kanaka Durga, Yellandu Primary Agricultural Cooperative Society president A. Kiran, Vishwashanthi High School correspondent T. Prasad, Challa Samudram sarpanch Subadhra and Sahithi College representative, among others donated ₹ 11,000 to Sumalatha towards her travel expenses to attend the three-day pre-departure orientation camp to be held in New Delhi from June 6.

Talking to The Hindu over phone, Ms. Chandra Aruna said Sumalatha’s perseverance in pursuing studies undeterred by extreme poverty was worthy of emulation by all underprivileged students.

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