“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
― Nelson Mandela
Taking our infused enthusiasm towards a sustained community development we at Calcutta Sterling Round Table-106, and the Ladies Circle-83 took up two school projects along with a Coke Support My School project.
Understanding the importance of primary and secondary education in building a better future for the society on a whole, we built one dozen classrooms across two schools within the span of 3-4 months, to an extent to which Coco-Cola also provided us support through its SMS initiative.
In a move which has a direct positive impact on at least 1300 children in and around the town of Dankuni, a prominent district of West Bengal, we did Stone Laying on 26th March 2017 and went about building 8 classrooms, and 2 toilet blocks in Haripur Durgapada Memorial High School . The building of these toilet blocks, will not only ensure a ‘Swachh Bharat’, but also ensure that the children defecate, and study in hygienic conditions. We built separate toilet blocks for girls and boys, in a bid to curtain the unwelcoming and non-conducive environment, and to increase the attendance by reducing absenteeism because of lack of basic infrastructure. We also put in place a water purification system so that the children have access to clean portable water. The school was successfully completed and inaugurated on11thJune 2017. The Entire Tabler, Circler and Twinklers were present along with National President Ladies Circle India, GLMF Prachi Agarwal, Area 4 LC Chairperson Shweta Poddar, RT Area 4 Chairman Sandeep Harbhajanka and RT Area 4 Extension Convenor Sundeep Kapoor.
To encourage a holistic development in the children and to ensure that they are active physically as much as they are mentally, if not more, we also developed a playground in the premises.
In a similar move, we did stone laying of Dayanand Saraswati Vidyalaya on the same date i.e. 26th March 2017.We made 4 new classrooms ,a water purifier, a library hall which directly affects the 600+ children reading at the school. In addition to the above, we also built a reading room for the children so that their education does not remain confined to the books they read in their classrooms, and that they explore the world through words as well.
The above school was inaugurated on 29th June 2017 along with a host of National Dignatries
The total Cost for the above 2 schools combined was more than Rs. 50 lacs.
On the same day, FTE Convenor of table 106 Kumar Mangalam was also awarded the Ladies Circle president pin which made the celebrations four fold.
In all earnest, we hope that these droplet like efforts of ours collectively brings about a wave of change in the society, and brings about a better future for not only these children and their kin, but also for generations to come.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
Adarsh Bachhawat & Ankit Golechha
Blog Convener, CSRT 106