Students from over 200 schools across India participated in the campaign
The students of Billabong High International School received a pleasant surprise for their contribution towards the ‘Rupee for Change’ campaign run by Habitat for Humanity India. Not only did they come first among 200 schools participating from different parts of India, Bollywood star John Abraham personally visited their school to handover the award. ‘Rupee for Change’ is a national campaign initiated by Habitat for Humanity India wherein students voluntarily contribute Rs.1 per day towards building homes and providing sanitation facilities for underprivileged people. Billabong High International School, Thane has raised maximum amount of funds during the academic year 2014-15. Under this campaign, the NGO has tied up with more than 5 schools in Thane and 200 schools across India in more than 15 cities for this year.
Habitat for Humanity India has planned to build homes and sanitation units for more than 100,000 underprivileged families. This is in tune with Honourable Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Housing for All by 2022’ and ‘Ending Open Defecation by 2019’.
While interacting with students, celebrity John Abraham said, “I appreciate the efforts of the young kids of Billabong HighInternational School, Thane towards betterment of the society. These students are the ‘Unsung Heroes of India’. There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. The young students have shown the power of One Rupee and how it has gone a long way in making difference in lives of the underprivileged. Habitat for Humanity is also making substantial impact on the minds of young children by sensitizing them on issues like Poverty Housing and Poor sanitation facilities which in my view should have been eradicated long time back”
“Rupee for Change is a fund raising campaign. Through this campaign, we, at Habitat for Humanity intend to reach out to 1 lakh families by 2020”, said Mr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India. He further added, “The campaign revolves around the power of One Rupee which can benefit children who do not have the same privilege of homes and sanitation units which many of us have.”
The Rupee for Change campaign supports the Government of India’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’. Under the campaign, the NGO has entered into association with more than 200 schools across India for building sanitation units and houses for the economically weaker sections of the society.