Bhavan Vidyalaya gifts a School to flood-ravaged Uttrakhand

The students and staff of Bhavan Vidyalaya of Chandigarh have embarked on an ambitious plan of building a school in the flood-struck Uttrakhand.

On an appeal that the Chairman of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Mr. R.K. Saboo made last month, the children and staff responded enthusiastically and have worked in unison to collect Rs.10 lakh within a week, informed Ms Vineeta Arora, Principal of Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh.

Both the junior and the senior sections of the school collected the amount by reaching out to their parents and community to ensure that children in many villages who have been deprived of their school would be able to return to resume their studies, she said.

A cheque of Rs.10 lakh was presented by the students, staff and Principals of both schools namely Ms Vineeta Arora of the seniors branch and Ms Taruna Vashisht of the junior school, to the Rotary Club of Chandigarh, to make this project possible.

The senior school collected Rs.6.47 lakh and the junior wing in Sector 33 collected Rs. 3.53 lakh for the project.

So much was the involvement of the children that they designed the entire campaign and several entries were received for the brochure too out of which the one designed by Charvi Kaul of 7th class got selected which was printed and sent out.

The Rotarians in the country have committed to build and /or undertake major repair of all the schools upto Primary level numbering 175 schools in the districts of Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi, the most ravaged region of Uttarakhand due to the disastrous floods of September 2013.   In addition, desks and benches for 67,000 children will aiso be provided by Rotary.  Nation-wide efforts are afoot to ensure that the children in this area are empowered to become better citizens, former world president of Rotary International Rajendra K. Saboo informed.

Each school in the village built by Rotary will have proper classrooms, toilets and drinking water facilities and shall be managed by the managing committee.   .