Mobile mall that moves hearts

School takes used clothes in bus to slums

By Our Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 13.09.18
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NOVEL INITIATIVE: The team of Kerala Samajam Model School in front their mobile shopping mall at Birsanagar in Jamshedpur last week. Telegraph picture

Jamshedpur: Browsing through clothes in a mall feels great. But have you ever spared a thought for those who can't afford new clothes? Students of Kerala Samajam Model School, Golmuri, affiliated to CISCE, have.

In a unique initiative, 60 students of KSMS, under its Care & Share Club, are helping the poor in a new way. The students' club turned its old school bus to a mobile shopping mall for those who cannot afford new clothes.

Students collect used clothes, but in a good condition, and display them in hangers or in cellophane packets inside the bus to take the vehicle to a slum. Here, they invite residents to browse through clothes to give them a feel of a mall or shop. Then, residents can collect the clothes they like for free.

KSMS principal Nandini Shukla said the idea was to naturally let students experience the "feel-good factor" that comes with helping others and gratitude about things they take for granted, like shopping for new clothes.

"We parked the first mobile shopping mall in Birsanagar last week where students displayed more than 100 clothes. The response was phenomenal," she said. "We tell students who collect used clothes to ensure they are not torn or faded and to display them nicely to ensure the people who take them truly get a feel of shopping."

She added children learn to value the things that they have when they come in touch with those who don't. "There's a lot of learning outside the classroom through this mall," she said.

Agreed Care & Share Club president Rushali, a Class XI student, "I learnt that you need to give but do so with respect. You need to respect the whole process."

The school's Care & Share Club aims to take this mobile mall packed with clothes once every two months. Students will collect and sort out old clothes under the supervision of KSMS registrar Nishi Thakur and teachers Gauri Rao, Shibani Dutta, Anuja Singh and Sudha Verma. Some NGOs the school works with will also suggest places for the mall to go.

Thakur said all used clothes in good condition were welcome. "We get many saris and salwar suits but not enough clothes for men," she said. Interested persons can get used clothes to the school or call up 7257000556 for more details.