| Students of J.B. College dance with children of the Dagaon Nirashray Sishu Ashram on Tuesday. Telegraph picture |
Jorhat, May 2: Students of J.B. College, Jorhat, donated Rs 10,000 to an orphanage here, raising the money by performing Bihu husoris during the past two weeks.
Yesterday, the group of 25 students, which included a few girls, visited the Dagaon Nirashray Sishu Ashram, interacted with the children there and had breakfast and lunch with them. And, of course, they danced the Bihu with them. The group gave 12 umbrellas to the ashram.
One of the members of the group, Devid Hazarika, told The Telegraph that the group had collected the money by performing Bihu husoris in the evenings at the homes of 20 teachers of their college.
Hazarika said all the members of the group decided to use the money in a “meaningful way” rather than sharing the money among themselves or having a party.
“We wanted to help somebody or an organisation with the money instead of just spending it on ourselves,” Debashsis Kathkatia, a degree final year student of the group, said.
He said the group approached Bimal Barah, the principal of the college, and two other teachers — Anita Sarmah and Anmona Bora — who advised them to donate the money to underprivileged children.
Then they approached the orphanage authorities and May 1 being a holiday was fixed for the visit, Hazarika said.
The ashram houses 25 inmates — 15 boys and 10 girls aged between five and 16 years.
Hazarika said spending the day at the ashram was a memorable experience, filled with playing, singing dancing and eating together with the children who were so happy to have visitors.
Kathkatia said after visiting the orphanage, the group felt very satisfied after seeing the kind of joy they could bring with their meagre collection. He said the feeling of not having parents could be very well realised while interacting with such children.
“Spending the day with the children, cooking food by ourselves and sharing it with them was a very different experience for us. We understood how a little initiative from our side could bring smiles to the faces of the children, who have not received love and affection of parents,” said Swagata Bharali, a BCom second semester student.
Hazarika said the group has decided to visit the ashram again in their free time and spend time with the children and guide them in their studies.
Archana Sarmah, caretaker of the ashram, said the visit of the students was a very positive step with the inmates enjoying the interaction very much, especially with Bihu celebrations going on across the state and people in the celebration mood.
She hoped more young people would visit the ashram in the future.
J.B. College principal Bimal Bara said the students’ group has set the right example for the student fraternity.