THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The campus of St Teresa’s Convent GHSS, Neyyattinkara, recently became a spectator of a philantropic activity. The students and faculty of the school on Wednesday handed over a cheque of `1 lakh to the family of Thejas, a second standard student studying in the school.
The plight of the family had earlier come to light through a media report. Jose, the child’s father, is suffering from a kidney problem while Beena, his mother is paralysed from the waist down, having to spend her days in a wheelchair for over a year now. Jose’s kidney problem has progressed so much so that he now has to attend three dialysis sessions a week. The weekly expenses for the dialysis as well as the medicines reach around `5000. The couple also has a one and a half year-old daughter, Jewel.
“We had no idea that the family was facing a financial crisis till we saw it in the media report. Both Thejas’ parents are in dire need of money. His mother requires a daily visit from a physiotherapist, while his father’s kidney ailment is worsening. Hearing this and understanding their misery, we decided to help them,” Says Sr Nancy, Principal, St Teresa’s Convent GHSS.
Principal Sr.Nancy immediately displayed the details of their plight in various departments of the school. She also requested all the parents through SMS requesting them to be generous in their contribution to support this family. Finally with the help of school staff, students and their parents, they were able to collect around `1 lakh.
Said Beena, Thejas’ mother, “No amount of gratitude would be enough to thank the students and staff of the school for the help they have done for us. Now, we can use the money for my husband who requires another Kidney operation”.
When asked what prompted the school authorities to help the family, Sr Nancy added, “This would be a valuable gift for them.
If god permits, Thejas’ father could get better and his mother could be able to walk again with our help. What could be more fruitful than that?”