Delhi schools pitch in to ease Leh's disaster misery
Monetary contributions, organising rock shows and collecting clothes and shoes — are some ways by which schools in Delhi and the National Capital Region are reaching out to the flood-affected people of Leh. Joyeeta Ghosh reports.delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2010 23:47 IST
Monetary contributions, organising rock shows and collecting clothes and shoes — are some ways by which schools in Delhi and the National Capital Region are reaching out to the flood-affected people of Leh.
The cloud burst that wrecked havoc has left thousands homeless and without food or clothing. The difficult terrain of Leh has meant not many can reach there and offer help.
So, schools like Springdales, Pusa Road, Modern School, Barakhamba and Laxman School, Hauz Khas are planning to make monetary contributions either through the Prime Minister's relief fund or through non-governmental organisations (NGO).
Others, like Vasant Valley School, Vasant Kunj has tied up with an NGO to help them send flood relief material to Leh.
"Students and teachers have collected medicines, shoes and woollens. We have already sent 120 boxes and are planning to send more,” said Anahita Bakshi, a class 11 student.
The Shri Ram School, Moulsari Avenue, Gurgaon is planning to hold a photography workshop and then send around seven to eight students, accompanied by their parents to the flood-affected areas of Leh, so that they can film the evidence
of disaster. Their videos will help sensitise students in Delhi.
The school is planning to raise funds through its alumni association, by organising a rock concert and a cricket match between celebrities.
Apart from this, they are also organising a knitting session with grandmothers.
"It's a unique concept. Most students do not know how to knit, since most mothers have a busy schedule trying to juggle between professional and personal life,” said principal Komal Sood.
"So, we will invite grandmothers of students to teach them how to knit woollen shawls, which will then be sent to Leh,” Sood added.