Celebrating Daan Utsav, Delhi based youth leadership movement Leaders For Tomorrow conducted collection drives in Metro stations in Delhi to help school children in Kuttanadu, one of the worst regions during the Kerala floods.
People donated thousands of items such as notebooks, bags, pens geometry boxes during the week-long drive, between October 2 and 8, conducted in partnership with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation.
The collection spots were set up in Central Secretariat and Kashmere Gate metro stations, with hundreds of college students as volunteered.
“We are getting a very good response from the metro commuters after our volunteers talk to them about the needs in Kuttanadu,” said Akshay Kumar, LFT national president, who is heading the drive at the Central Secretariat station.
LFT’s campaign to help Kuttanadu aims to provide books, bags and other necessary items for about 25,000 students across over 100 schools in the region. Known as the “rice bowl of Kerala” for its rice cultivation, the region lies over 10 ft below sea level, making it prone to devastating floods.
Daan Utsav is a national celebration started in 2009, with the involvement of civil society, corporate and other organisations and citizens, to promote the culture of giving.
Organised in more than 200 towns, villages, and cities, it involves more than 1,100 events and contributing tens of crores of rupees in cash and kind, and countless volunteer hours.