Berhampur, June 18 (LocalWire): Charity begins at home and the Berhampur-based Choudeswari Devanga Sangh is a live example of it; the weavers’ organisation here has been extending helping hand to the poor students of their community so that they can continue their studies.
The organisation which has been supporting the students by providing them with the textbook, notebook and other educational materials, as well as the tuition fees for many has decided to extend this facility to 90 high-school and college-going students this year.
On the first day of book distribution on Sunday, Berhampur MLA Bikram Kumar Panda handed over the books and study materials to the students here.
He commended the Sangh for its initiative to support the poor students of their community.
“It’s a small help, but it will assist the poor to continue their studies,” the community president T Gopi said, adding that the Sangh is not providing textbooks to students up to Class VIII as the government is providing these through the Sarva Sikshya Abhiyan (SSA) in their respective schools.
Nanda Raju, in-charge of the education committee of the organization said they have continued to help the poor students of their community for the last 23 years and have so far spent over Rs 1.60 lakh for the purpose.
The funds were collected through donations from the community members, while some of them were asked to adopt the students for one year to meet his or her educational expenses for the particular year, vice president of the project K.Chandreya said.
Raju said they have provided assistance to the students who read only in government-run colleges and schools.
“We have also set up a book bank of textbooks for different classes.
The students of their community lend the books and return after completing their study which will help to other students,” he added.
The organisation had decided to provide the text materials to the poor students to motivate them not to drop out of school and help them to pursue their higher education goals.