September 22, 2016
Until a few days back 15-year-old Nagachandru was not too sure whether he and his 10-year-old sister would be able to continue their education. For, his mother, a domestic worker, was finding it difficult to manage the fee, though the siblings were studying in Corporation School.
However, thanks to ‘Agni Siragugal’, an organisation managed by alumni of the school, Nagachandru and his sister are now regular school-goers.
“My father passed away five years ago. My mother has been slogging since then to meet the ends. The help we have received now has lit up our lives,” said a beaming Nagachandru, who aspires to become an auditor and help kids who are in need.
Mohammed Nizarudeen’s case is no different. Hailing from a poor family, his future too was bleak. “Both me and my husband discontinued studies at a very young age. We want to educate our children. But finance was always a problem for us. The help from the organisation reached us at the right time,” says Rabia, Nizarudeen’s mother. Agni Siragugal has also paid the fee of her daughter S. Hajiya Safnam, who is studying in a private school near Ukkadam.
Welcoming the initiative, a teacher from the City Corporation School said the school management felt proud of the alumni. “It is a proud moment for us. We cannot stop appreciating our former students. The children are happy and so are their families. We have no words to express our gratitude,” he notes.
Talking about the initiative, 23-year-old M. Prabhu, the founder of the organisation told the Covai Post, that the organisation would help as many students as possible. “As a student, I had gone through tough times. When I was in school, my parents could not pay the fee. I was at the mercy of the school management. There are so many kids who want to study but are unable to pay the fee. We, as an organisation, want to help those kids,” he said.
The organisation that had already donated a computer to a government school in Pollachi, is planning to help another government school in the city outskirts by extending financial support.