UKTSU funds shoes for students of J/Nunavil East Amirthambikai Vidyalayam
J/Nunavil East Amirthambikai Vidyalayam is a school in Chavakachcheri with 158 girls and boys ranging from grade 1 to grade 8. It was first established in 1914 by founder Mr Kanapathippillai Vallipuram. The principal, Mr Kanapathippillai Shanmugathas, requested UKTSU to help the underprivileged students at his school with equipment. Out of the 158, approximately 40 students are believed to be relatively economically stable whilst the rest suffer from poverty.
Education, in Britian, is something we all take for granted and we are provided with the necessary resources and more, whereas the students in North-East Sri Lanka manage on very little. On one hand, schools don’t have tables or chairs thus students are limited to learning under the shade of a tree, whilst on the other hand students do not have school bags to carry their books in or a box to carry their lunch and some students even walk to school barefoot on the gravel road or sand under the scorching sun. You need to have walked in these conditions to understand how painful it is.
So UKTSU, with the help of our dedicated team in Jaffna, acted on the J/Nunavil East Amirthambikai Vidyalayam principal’s request to provide the deprived students with school shoes. The photos here show the school shoes being presented to the children at a function held at their school. Some may wonder how footwear can contribute towards their education; those of you must understand that helping these children get to school without having to go through the pain of walking barefoot or in ordinary slippers/damaged shoes, leaves them in a better state of mind to focus wholly on their education. With reduced inconvenience and improved concentration on education, these children have a greater chance to lead an enhanced life.
The help provided by UKTSU may be little in scale but it is better to do something little than know their difficulty and do nothing about it for ‘it is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little – do what you can’ (Sydney Smith).