Express news service
SHIVAMOGGA: As the pandemic has made education inaccessible to many rural students, Anitha Mary, a physical education teacher at the government upper primary school in Hunasekatte, stepped in to help the children. Having seen her sister die of hunger and lack of care, she had decided to work for the well-being of underprivileged students.
“During the Vidyagama program, the school provided grades of over 25 to 30 pages. Many students struggled to pay for a photocopy of grades,” said the 57-year-old teacher.
However, after much struggle, she found Arpith Pereira from Israel, who donated a copier-printer for the students. “It was difficult to explain the importance of education and learning to parents. However, three to five students started coming to the school to take notes, ”she said.
She came across a Whatsapp message from Nirmalananda Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mutt stating that they can provide free education to children who have lost their parents due to COVID-19. She identified four children in the district and sent them for free education.
She identified students who have been affected by the pandemic and those who have lost their parents to COVID. Mary distributed ration kits to these families for a month, spending her own money and donations from other teachers. A private jewelry company also showed up and donated another 100 ration kits for these families.