Students of Delhi Public School, Dhanbad, distribute goodies among inmates of Missionaries of Charity, while the eight good Samaritans (right) pose with their English teacher in Barwaddah on Monday. Pictures by Gautam Dey
Charity begins at home. But, for a bunch of Delhi Public School students it began at Missionaries of Charity in Barwaddah when they visited the orphanage-cum-old age home on Monday to distribute plastic chairs, detergent and food packets.
Accompanied by their English teacher and co-ordinator of school’s Interact Club — that organised this programme — Sujata Ranjan, seven twelfth graders and a Class X student reached at the orphanage-cum-old age home at 9.45am and spent around an hour interacting with the 80-odd inmates of the centre.
Apart from distributing 10 plastic chairs and other goodies, a few of them managed to strike a chord with the students pretty well.
They sang songs together and cracked a joke and exchanged friendly banters among each other. But, the most precious gift was the beautiful moments that the students gave to the elders and youngsters alike.
“The programme was a part of the various social initiatives that the school’s Interact Club undertakes. During a recent two-day fete, which was organised on May 3 and 4, we had collected Rs 2 lakh. While a portion of that proceeds was spent today (Monday), the rest of the money will also be used for similar causes,” said Ranjan.
For the DPS students, it was a life-changing experience.
Vice-president of Interact Club Deep Desai said, “We realised today that we should regularly visit the orphanage. The experience was overwhelming.”
His friends Ritwik Agarwal, Shreya Agarwal, Abhishek Tandon, Ritum Agarwal, Ramit Arora and Akshat Arora shared similar opinions. But, president of the Interact Club and Class XII student Suwigya Gutgutia summarised the feeling among all his peers who went to the orphanage-cum-old age home best.
“For the first time in my life I felt that I have spent the money for a genuine cause. I will not forget this experience all my life. The joy in the eyes of the inmates after receiving the gifts from us said it all,” said the articulate teenager.
Club co-ordinator Ranjan said the fete, which had fetched them this lump sum, was organised last year also. “Although we wanted to undertake a similar initiative last year, but did not know whom to approach and how to go about it,” said Ranjan.
She added that one of club’s vice-president Deep’s relatives, who is associated with NGO Nari Shakti Samiti, informed them about Missionaries of Charity.
“We contacted orphanage authorities and expressed our desire to help them. The authorities concerned readily agreed,” Ranjan added.