For most people, Makara Sankranti meant celebration, with pujas, new clothes, delicious food et al. However, for this group of students from KLE Institute of Physiotherapy, the day wasn’t just about the festivities.
Struck by the idea of spending at least one day in a meaningful manner and doing some social service, they decided to collect Rs. 5,000 and donate it to a math at Chikkumbi village in the district.
They started collecting money from their friends and classmates, and much to their surprise found that they had pooled Rs. 35,000 in just a week.
The group then started looking for a suitable charity they could donate and came across Aadhar, an orphanage run by the Mahesh Foundation in Kanbargi in Belgaum city.
The orphanage houses 43 children, including 22 who are HIV positive.
Keeping in mind the chilly weather, the students donated sweaters to all the children and also handed over groceries, notebooks, pens and pencils.
To make their day more meaningful, the students cooked food for the children and conducted a drawing/painting session to motivate children towards creative and fine arts.
The students also celebrated the birthday of one of their own, with the children of the orphanage joining in the fun.
Feeling of achievement
The experience gave the students a feeling of achievement; a feeling that there was more satisfaction to be had in sharing resources and giving back to society rather than amassing wealth and being selfish.
‘More to be done’
General secretary of the students’ union Dharmanshu, who led the initiative, said: “It may be a small effort, and we realise there is much more to be done.”
Anvitha Shivakumar said: “I could not have thought of a better way to spend a Sunday. After we came back, I told all my friends that we should do this at least once a month. I really think that such initiatives should be made a part of our curriculum. It makes you a better person.”
Sneha Kamble thanked everyone who wholeheartedly supported the cause.
Sudini said: “We had a great time. What more do you need when you have made 43 angels smile? Actually, we felt tears welling up in our eyes because we were happy that we had done something good.”
Director of the Mahesh Foundation, Mahesh Jadhav, thanked the students.
He said that student groups from Jain College, Rani Chennamma College of Pharmacy, Bhartesh Global Business School, KLE Engineering, Gogte Institute of Technology and Jyoti College had spent time with the children at the orphanage and provided support.
The students collected Rs. 35,000 from friends and classmates in just a week
They donated sweaters to the children and handed over groceries, notebooks, pens, pencils