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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Selling ‘raddi’ to fund needy students’ studies


Selling ‘raddi’ to fund needy students’ studies

chit Watts

Tribune News Service

Muktsar, August 12

A group of youngsters here has made an NGO, Raddi to Education, and are bringing happiness in peoples’ lives by selling old newspapers to scrap dealers.

They sell old newspapers to fund tuition classes and buy notebooks for the needy children. Besides, they provide old books to these students at an office made at the bus stand here.

Sarbjit Singh, who is double MA, BEd and founder of this NGO, said, “We three friends had started this NGO in 2017, funded the education of some students by collecting old newspapers from some houses. Later, some volunteers joined us and we got two shops on rent and started free tuition classes. Thereafter, we started collection of old books and made a library. Now, we are a group of nearly 10 people. In this academic year alone, we have given free books to nearly 1,500 needy students.”

“Our idea is to provide education to needy people and don’t let the old books go into scrap. The district administration and some social organisations have honoured us. Presently, we are not holding tuition classes, but holding free lectures at a school. The free book distribution and exchange programme is underway. When someone approaches us for a book, we tell the student to either give us an old book in exchange or get a letter signed by the schoolteacher. This system ensures that the student really needs the book and he/she will not sell it,” said Sarbjit.

He said initially some people laughed at them, but now everyone was elated with their success. “The local bus stand officials have given us a shop without charging any rent as we are helping the needy students. We have even made notebooks. A notebook of 88 pages is available for Rs 20 in the open market, but we sell the notebook of 160 pages at just Rs 20 on no profit no loss basis. We also collect and give used school bags to needy students,” said Sarbjit.

Some youngsters in other towns, like Ludhiana, have started NGOs on the same pattern.

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