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These testing times

If you’re looking to conduct a blood testing camp, the students working for Lend-A-Hand foundation are your best bet. Trained in skills required to conduct a blood test as part of their school curriculum, 10 girls from a school near Panvel will test the blood group of 200 students from Seva Sadan School in the city today.

mumbai Updated: Feb 29, 2012 17:27 IST
Pooja Maheshwary

If you’re looking to conduct a blood testing camp, the students working for Lend-A-Hand foundation are your best bet. Trained in skills required to conduct a blood test as part of their school curriculum, 10 girls from a school near Panvel will test the blood group of 200 students from Seva Sadan School in the city today.

Says Raj Gilda, co-founder of Lend-A-Hand India, “The organisation provides life skills to young boys and girls from rural areas. We recruit local carpenters, plumbers and electricians, and train them to teach 15 different skills to students of class 8, 9 and 10. The purpose of the program is to remove the gap between what you learn in school and what can help you get a job in real life.”

Apart from blood testing, which is part of the health and hygiene module, the children are also trained in making shoe racks, screen printing, making compost for farmers, surveying land for construction and making trophies for police and government departments. Adds Gilda, “The syllabus is the same for boys and girls.

While, girls are also taught electrical wiring and welding, boys learn how to sew and cook.”All these activities are conducted within school premises, during school hours.

Sixty-one villages in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa, comprising more than 10,000 students are participating in this initiative conducted by the Government of Maharashtra.

“The program has reduced the dropout rates in rural schools. There is almost 100 per cent attendance now. It is especially beneficial for students, who are not academically inclined, but wish to do something practical rather than theoretical,” says Gilda, adding that in the seven years of the program’s launch, about 2,000 students from farming communities have graduated, of which many have either started their own businesses or have gone on to study engineering.

To organise a blood testing camp, call Raj Gilda at 9552579543. Log on to www.lend-a-hand-india.org