Assam: School Children Receive Sweaters After Internet Outreach
According to sources, students who are primarily from low-income households, are compelled to attend classes in winter in the government-provided cotton uniform because they cannot buy sweaters.
GUWAHATI: Following a social media post by a theatre group, more than 200 underprivileged young pupils at a school in Assam's Barpeta district experienced a "warm" start to the new year when they were gifted sweaters by kindhearted Netizens. A school teacher looking for ways to assist her students was the catalyst for the movement.
Anupama Das had spoken about how the kids, who are primarily from low-income households, are compelled to attend class in winter in the government-provided cotton uniform because they cannot buy sweaters.
"We talked about ways to assist them. Samahar Natya Gosthee, a theatre company, stepped up to offer assistance," said Das.
According to Sitanath Lahkar, the theatre company's general secretary: "Our financial resources are really low. After posting a call to action on social media, netizens responded overwhelmingly, "he said
He claimed that in just five days, the club had raised enough money to buy sweaters for the entire lower primary division.
Additionally, warm clothing was given out to the impoverished people living on the streets of Sivasagar town on Monday thanks to the effort of SAVED, a prominent volunteer group in the city, and in partnership with the Jengonikotia Child Protection Committee. In front of Shiv Dol, Mrinali Konwar, Chairperson of the Sivasagar Municipal Board, officially launched the programme.
Since last year, the non-profit organisation SAVED has been collecting used and outdated clothing from the public through a programme called "Cloth Bank" and giving it to those in need. Hundreds of needy people, including children and elderly adults, received brand-new blankets and rarely used clothing as part of today's programme.
In announcing the programme, Mrinali Konwar expressed the hope that the action done by the nonprofit SAVED will assist the people who live on footpaths in the bitter winter weather. She also exhorted the public to step up and assist the needy during the bitter winter months.