COVID-19 has changed the face of the entire world in the past couple of months. It has gravely affected the lives of thousands and livelihoods of millions of people from all sections of the society. But the most affected, by far, are the people from the underprivileged sections. I reflected on the conundrum whether there is any disease worse than hunger. The situation of the underprivileged section is heart-wrenching! Fuelled by the urge that something had to be done to assist daily wage workers who struggle to acquire essential commodities including food items in these trying times, I embarked on the journey of raising funds for them.
With the motivation from my Head of School, CAS Coordinator and parents, I contacted certain key persons at ‘The Banyan’, a city based NGO that is dear to my heart, where I have volunteered my work earlier. The Banyan is a nest for the ones whom society has turned the other way including the mentally challenged and daily wage workers. I undertook basic research and identified ‘Fuel A Dream’, a crowd funding organization based at Bangalore. My mentors there, hand held me in learning the art and science of crowdfund mobilization. I studied basic Economics and concluded that a minimum of Rs 3000 is required for the nominal sustenance of one family; and was convinced that direct transfer of funds to the bank accounts of those people is an optimal way to help them without diluting their dignity. As a small gesture, I planned to mobilize funds for 15 families for 3 months as the adverse impact of lockdown would linger on for a longer period. I then launched my campaign for the clients of ‘The Banyan’ that would use this money to support daily wage workers during the lockdown by way of direct transfer. I planned on raising INR 1,35,000, but ended up raising INR 2, 44,800 in just 14 days. This humbling experience taught me about human compassion and empathy, and showed that everyone has a purpose in life and if one decides to help someone, one has to persist until one achieves it. However small this act was, it gave me a tremendous sense of gratification and truly made me, maybe a better person. I intend to continuously do more work for people in need until it becomes my second nature.
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Amit Palanivelrajan, IBDP Year1
CPS Global School,