Kendriya Vidyalaya, INA Colony, pledges to fight Child Mortality

We have just returned from an exhilarating session with the students of Kendriya Vidayalaya, INA colony! The batch of 50 students from Class XI C  responded really well to the hour-long session on child and infant mortality in India. But what was even more amazing was the way the Principal, Vice Principal and primary school teachers enthusiastically volunteered to spearhead the community outreach that the students  agreed to initiate in nearby slum areas.

The documentary films on the issue of child mortality shook the students out of their complacency. Every 15 seconds a child dies in India, averaging a shocking 2 million children every year!  What made a deeper impact was that most die of easily preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia.

The students shared some very though provoking suggestions.

-         “We should go to these slum areas and collect information on what they eat, how they live and what are the problems they are facing. Then we should educate them and help them to get more information about these problems.” – Mayank

-         “We could supply them with some basic first aid like antiseptics, ORS, bandages, etc and we should make them aware of the latest government schemes like free treatment in government hospitals, free vaccines, etc”. – Vivek Singh

-         “We should use the RTI to ask the government what it is doing about the condition of these people and take actions according to that we should take action.” – Lalit Kumar

-         “We should have medical camps where we educate people from the slums about easy solutions to diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria, dengue, etc”. – Poonam

-         “We could distribute healthy food to the slum children once a week. We could also make handicrafts and sell them to collect money for the poor.” – Simran

-         “We should form groups and take up this campaign, going to villages and slums and talking to the families who have suffered such problems. We should organize a meal plan for the poor families and contribute the best we can.” – Rakshita

Suggestions for slums in which the students could work included Bangali Colony, Kidwai Nagar, and Arjun Das jhuggi, Laxmi Bai Nagar.

The Foundation intends to take forward today’s interaction into a concrete community project which the students and staff together take ownership of, and make a lasting impact on the community they engage with. In the spirit of true citizenship!

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