“The youth of today, are the leaders of tomorrow.” – Nelson Mandela
In what seems like an astonishing feat, 190 students of Chirec International School, Hyderabad has successfully been able to provide relief in the form of 4 LAKH plus meals to those in need. How is that possible? One may wonder. The long & short of it – CROWDFUNDING.
Students from across Grade 9 – 12 of both the IB & CBSE wing of Chirec Intl. School, did crowdfunding campaigns on Fueladream.com in the months of June & July 2020. Their aim was to provide cooked meals to daily wage workers who was in dire straits because of the COVID-19 lockdown in Hyderabad & Telangana. This was facilitated by the NGO Akshaya Patra.
Akshaya Patra is the largest provider of mid-day meals to students in the world. During COVID-19 they have cooked and delivered/distributed over 7 crore meal servings pan India. They are Bengaluru based.
This is what some of the students had to say:
Akshaya Patra CMO Sundeep Talwar was heaping praises on these 190 change makers when he said, “We are overwhelmed with the support we have received from students and management of Chirec International School. This crowd funding campaign is a testament to millennials and Gen Z empathizing with the less privileged. This endorses our campaign that no individual should go hungry. We are humbled that these students have come forward and crowd-funded Akshaya Patra which exists to serve the society.”
Their story captured the attention of the media too.