Delhi University’s generous contribution of Rs 20 lakh for the flood victims in Bihar might have seemed like a hard act to follow. Schools across the Capital however, are now going out of their way to make sizeable and equally impressive donations.
The recent collection drive at several city schools has thrown up eye-popping figures with their donation in cash and kind running into lakhs and truckloads respectively.
So, if Bluebells International School in Kailash Colony sent across Rs 2 lakh to the victims through an NGO immediately after the calamity, Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, recently contributed a generous sum of Rs 4 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and sent four trucks full of clothes and food grains to Bihar Bhavan.
“We deposited a cheque for Rs 1,68,000 with the Bihar Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on Thursday. While the teaching staff contributed a day’s salary, the students were free to donate whatever they were comfortable with. Donation in kind was discouraged as we weren’t sure of what was really needed by the victims there,” said Usha Ram, Principal, Laxman Public School.
Modern School, Barakhamba, has tweaked its collection innovatively. Apart from its teaching staff contributing a day’s salary, the school will host a silent auction of paintings by its students and some senior artists, and direct the proceeds towards the relief of flood victims.
Apart from making generous contributions, schools are also taking steps to ensure that the money and aid reach the right people.
Springdales School, Pusa Road, has tied up with an NGO called Anhad to ensure the aid is not misused. That apart, the educational institution has also deposited a cheque for Rs 2 lakh with the PM’s Relief Fund.