It was a comeback visit for two US-based students to see how their effort bore fruit for other students who lacked basic facilities. And it proved to be a fulfilling visit.
When Nicole (Class XII ) and Isabel (Class X) from Knoxville,the US,visited Bal Bahar School and creche in Bapu Dham Colony on Wednesday,they decided to carry on their drive that they had launched in 2009 to help the needy students while helping immunise children against polio.
During our visit to Chandigarh in 2009,we had realised that the students of Bal Bahar School were lacking basic education facilities, Nicole told Newsline.
On returning to the US,they formed Webb Interact Club to raise funds to provide basic facilities to the students. In order to help these students,the Interact Club was formed in 2009. Initially,it had 102 volunteers. Planning the fund-raising activities was one of the key challenges we faced, Nicole added.
The volunteers designed calendars containing photographs of Bal Bahar School and the creche,and collected money by selling them in their community. They also organised a dinner,serving Indian dishes to the locals.
And,in February 2011,the Webb Interact volunteers donated $11,000 to the school management.
Student exchange programme
Chandigarh: Rotary International,the convenor of the polio immunisation drive,is going to organise a student exchange programme wherein nearly 15 students of Bhavan Vidyalaya will be sent to Knoxville,and US students will visit Chandigarh during their summer vacation.