Think donor and the image that comes to mind is one who has completed all responsibilities and is now looking to contribute to societal good or causes that is dear to one’s heart.
We are happy to share that as AIM for Seva is getting older; its donors are getting younger by the day! The Atmalaya Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Udumalpet, Tamil Nadu, is proud to have three such donors in its midst.
- Mithuna M Rathnam , a Class 4 student saved and donated Rs. 2,535
- Sisters V. Aditi and V. Adhvaitha, saved and donated Rs. 10,000
A student of National Public School, Jayanagar, Bangalore, Mithuna came to know about the Udumalpet Chatralayam from her aunt. “She took us to the Ashram, showed us around and introduced us to the students.” Ms. Nithya Gowri encouraged her niece to help the girl students and very soon, Mithuna started helping her parents with the household chores. For her effort, she was rewarded by her parents.
The family is currently residing at Udumalpet and Mithuna is helping her grandfather who is a farmer in the region. She gets paid for the tasks she performs at the farm and till date, whatever Mithuna has earned, she has donated the proceeds to Swamini Gurupriyananda Saraswati, coordinator, Atmalaya Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Udumalpet, Tamil Nadu.
“I hope this will be of some help to the students. I feel very happy,” says Mithuna shyly.
Similarly, V. Aditi was motivated to collect money after spending a day with the ‘akkas’ at the Udumalpet Chatralayam. “My sister and I started collecting money from our relatives, friends and parents. We told them about the Atmalaya Chatralayam and everyone was eager to help.” The sisters then added the cash received during their birthdays, Diwali money and Pongal collections to the kitty. It totalled Rs. 10,000.
The contribution of these three students was utilised to arrange spoken English classes for the girl hostelers at Udumalpet, Tamil Nadu.
Thank you girls for extending a helping hand to the girl students from rural and tribal India.