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Techies Lend a Helping Hand with ‘My School Kit’ initiative

The Kerala IT industry was a source of great help during the deluge that hit Kerala in August. But with the situation showing signs of improvement, families sheltered in camps began returning to their homes. As the challenge facing most people was about getting back on track to regular life, employees from IT campuses in

The Kerala IT industry was a source of great help during the deluge that hit Kerala in August. But with the situation showing signs of improvement, families sheltered in camps began returning to their homes. As the challenge facing most people was about getting back on track to regular life, employees from IT campuses in the State also decided to step in and lend a helping hand for rehabilitation-related works. As part of such an initiative from the IT community, Technopark-based socio-cultural group Prathidhwani rallied support to provide students with necessary school supplies through their ‘My School Kit’ initiative.

School kits that included stationery and other supplies were outsourced through companies in various IT Parks and distributed to children

All the items that students required were crowdsourced from IT employees. “But schools have different requirements. Some schools do not prefer kits as they may need one particular item in large numbers. We have tried to meet the requirements based on the fund we collected,” said Vineesh T, General Convenor, My School Kit programme and Practice Manager, Speridian Technologies, Infopark Kochi.

School supplies, including bags, notebooks, geometry boxes, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers, lunch boxes, water bottles, umbrellas and other items were collected as part of the initiative.

Parents and guardians of students can register their wards’ needs on keralaneeds.com, a portal developed by Prathidhwani with the help of LabGlo Technologies. As of now, Prathidhwani has received requests from over 63 schools and they have been able to meet the requirements of 25.

Once the requirement is posted on the above-mentioned website, the team contacts the school principal and verifies the requirement.

“Study materials are given directly to those who have registered on our site. Our members will verify the authenticity of the requests and then provide the materials for free,” said Ashik C Sreenivasan, President, Prathidhwani Kochi.

Collection points were also organised at Infopark-CSEZ main gate and Technopark buildings. “After receiving requests on the site, each building at Technopark is assigned each school for supplying materials. We also have building committees which coordinate these activities,” said Vineeth Chandran, President, Prathidhwani, Thiruvananthapuram.

In Kozhikode, Prathidhwani has kept boxes at UL Cyber Park for collecting materials to meet the requirements of schools in North Kerala.

‘My School Kit’ programme is an extension of Prathidhwani’s Notebook initiative, under which they distribute school kits to children of government schools every June. This year, flood-affected schools were also included. Prathidhwani distributed kits to over 1000 students across 30 schools in Thiruvananthapuram.

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