Fed up with civic woes in their locality, residents in one of the suburban areas have decided to join hands to resolve the issues. The Hillside Residents’ Cultural and Welfare Association (HRCWA), which comprises of residents of Thakur Complex in Kandivali and nearby housing societies, have taken up every issue in their area — be it related to education, civic problems or even disaster management.
After the association was formed, they adopted a school in their vicinity — Matrubhoomi, which was facing several issues, including funds. The association not only adopted the school but is also working on arranging funds for it under an initiative called ‘Shiksha Shakti’.
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“Over 50 per cent of the parents whose children attend the school cannot afford the fees. It had become difficult for the school to function in such a situation. We adopted the school and have been raising funds. The school is not fully functional,” said Manimala Hazarika, an HRCWA member.
Besides, the association, helped by the local corporator, upgraded two open spaces: a garden and a playground. “These two spaces were in a very bad shape. Especially the playground, which was filled with garbage. We got it cleaned and today one can see children playing there,” Hazarika said.
HRCWA even worked closely to help the victims who lost all their belongings and homes in the Damu Nagar fire on December 7 in Kandivali. “A lot of NGOs and organisations came forward to help the victims. However, a lot of small but important issues were not touched upon and we worked to resolve those.
For instance, people donated clothes and food but these victims had no place to stay and vessels to store food. We gave them bedsheets and exchanged unwanted clothes for vessels,” said another HRCWA member.
Over the last few months, HRCWA has conducted a number of welfare activities. They carried out a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Farid Estate and in the adjoining areas of Thakur village and complex in Kandivali, besides a charity initiative under the banner ‘Joy Box’ in association with Modern Educational Social & Cultural Organisation (MESCO).
Old newspapers and clothes were donated and the money earned from their sale was given for the aid of orphan children. More than 200 people pledged their support.
HRCWA has also distributed water purifiers among 100 poor families in a Kandivali slum and donated school bags and notebooks to 170 needy students. In May last year, the association organised a ‘Help Nepal’ camp.
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