Students and teachers of De Nobili School hands over a study table to the orphan children of Hindu Mission in Hirapur, Dhanbad, on Wednesday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Students of De Nobili School CMRI in Dhanbad on Wednesday played Good Samaritans.
They donated 18 study tables to inmates of Hindu Mission Orphanage at Hirapur.
Over a dozen students, accompanied by their principal J.D. Kennedy and science teacher Debjit Pal, handed over the tables to the management during their short visit to the orphanage in the morning.
Talking to The Telegraph, principal Kennedy said: “Being a resident of Dhanbad, we are aware about the difficulties faced by the Hindu Mission Orphanage management for want of funds. So our students decided to help them by providing study tables.”
According to science teacher Pal, when they approached the orphanage with their proposal to help out the inmates, its secretary D. Sinha wholeheartedly welcomed the idea and agreed to take the study tables.
These tables were bought from the sale proceeds of an art and craft exhibition by the De Nobili students during a fete held on the school campus on Children’s Day last year.
The students had collected a sum of Rs 38,000 through sale of the products during the fete on November 14. A portion of the amount was donated to Missionaries of Charity earlier this week.
The fete was organised as part of a series of programmes under International School Awards — a British Council accreditation scheme that rewards students with a notable global element in their curriculum.
The school is running the programme since March 2013.
A class XII student, Kundan Roy, who played a key role in the organising the fete, said that after arriving at the orphanage, he felt that he had come to the best possible place where the funds could be properly utilised.
“I think these children are talented and with little help from us can make a career for themselves,” Roy said.
Rahul Kumar Yadav (18), an inmate of the orphanage, expressed his gratitude to the De Nobili students, saying: “I will not have to study on the floor anymore.”
Orphanage secretary Sinha, a homoeopathy doctor, also said the “gift” meant a lot to them. “We are totally dependent on donations, which is decreasing day by day. Such a gesture could not have come at a better time,” Sinha added.