SCHOOLS AND colleges in Mumbai are doing their bit to ensure that they help those suffering the effects of the severe drought in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra.
One such establishment is the Vivekanand Education Society (VES) that runs educational institutes across the city, where the teaching and non-teaching staff contributed a day’s salary towards drought relief measures.
The contribution drive carried out by the VES was a voluntary initiative by 500 staff members working across 26 affiliated institutes. In all, they managed to collect Rs 10 lakh, which will be handed over to Jan Seva Kalyan Samiti, an NGO involved in relief activities in drought-stricken areas.
Students of the Cathedral & John Connon School recently pooled in Rs 20 lakh to help the drought-hit. It was a presentation on the drought situation in Maharashtra that raised awareness about the issue and inspired the students to pool in money set aside for sports and social events.
Of the collected amount, Rs 15 lakh was handed over to the Naam Foundation led by actors Nana Patekar and Makarand Anaspure, while the rest of the Rs 5 lakh was given for the education of children in drought-affected areas.
Apart from collecting money, 50 students from Vivek College, KES College, GTS College, Vidhya Vikas and Shailendra College, in association with Anubhav Mumbai, an NGO that collaborates with college students, went door to door collecting water for the villagers of Mankhurvadi in Beed. The drive resulted in the collection of over 15,000 litres water, for drinking and other purposes, last month.