MANIPUR: At the age of 9 years when most of the kids' dream of fairy tales or get inspired by their comic heroes, there stands out one girl from Manipur named Licypriya Kangujam who has raised Rs. 45 lakh till now to combat the nationwide COVID-19 pandemic.
Notably, the 9-year-old climate activist has started a fundraiser programme called 'India Needs Oxygen Mission' to buy oxygen concentrators for poor COVID patients.
"This campaign started as a self-funded mission to help people across the country get immediate access to oxygen concentrators. I assumed a requirement of 100 pieces that I could manage," the activist added.
Meanwhile, the oxygen concentrators will not be associated with any Government agencies or private medical colleges and hospitals. However, this will direct handover to the needy helpless poor patients to save their lives who are not getting any help or support from the Government.
Further, all the legal paperwork for donations will be shared openly for complete visibility and transparency.
In a tweet, Kangujam wrote, "10 pieces of 5L Oxygen Concentrator will reach India in the next few days which costs around 50,000₹ per piece including shipping. Total 100 pieces ordered. I'm trying my best by spending my own savings and some from my awards received last year. Let's hope for the best!"
In another tweet, she mentioned, "I literally cry when I heard school children in Dubai, UK & USA are contributing money to help me to help India to buy Oxygen."
It is to be mentioned here earlier, the 9-year-old climate activist from Manipur and fellow activist Aarav Seth were detained after they were found protesting outside the Parliament House in Delhi.
In September 2020, Kangujam staged a protest outside the official residence of Union Education Minister Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' in Delhi, requesting him to postpone the upcoming JEE and NEET examinations, amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country. She called it an "injustice to students".
WHO IS LICYPRIYA KANGUJAM?
Kangujam started environmental activism when she was just seven years old in 2018 (the same year as Greta Thunberg began her now globally popular "Strike for Climate" campaign). Since then, she has received the honorary Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Children's Award, a World Children Peace Prize as well as an India Peace Prize. Kangujam's resolve against environmental hazards and her dedicated agitation for climate action has not only earned her a name but also respect in the fraternity.
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