These rakhis are extra special


Children with special needs from Peace Heaven Convent School, Caranzalem, made some simple yet attractive rakhis for Raksha Bandhan which is just around the corner – on August 26. These handmade rakhis were given to students of Dempo College to sell so they can learn marketing skills and also be a part of this nobel cause.  NT KURIOCITY gets more details


Students making and selling their items at exhibitions today is not uncommon. However, SS Dempo College of Commerce and Economics, Cujira is doing things a little different. The youngsters have teamed up with Peace Heaven Convent School, Caranzalem to sell rakhis made by these special children. The money earned will then be handed over to the children.

“The school approached us with 400 rakhis made by the special children and we were very happy to help them. Since, I am also in charge of the Centre for Equal Opportunities Cell, we accepted it as a challenge and decided to get the undergraduate and postgraduate Commerce students involved, and thus help them to develop their marketing skills apart from being a part of this social cause,” says head of department of Information Technology, Sangeeta Chakrabarty.

The rakhis were then divided equally among all the students who were given a week’s time to sell these. General secretary of the college, Hemant Patil who has been motivating students says he always wanted to do something for a social cause. “And this rakhi idea is good, because it is Raksha Bandhan and we need rakhis, plus we are paying them a minute amount which will help them,” says Patil, adding that just a small step from every one of us will make a difference in our society.

Student, Rashida Shaikh who has sold 10 rakhis so far says she sent a message on their class group and also approached students personally. She says: “I feel great that I could help these children in some way. Some people did cooperate but there were a few who didn’t. People were ready to buy when I told them these rakhis were made by special children and that it would be great if they contributed to it.”

Another student, Taniya Sayed says that most of her classmates purchased these, with some even buying 3-4. She managed to sell her batch within one day and it was very nice experience for her.


Centre for Equal Opportunities Cell

Through this cell, students strive to help underprivileged children through various activities. “We try and see that underprivileged children are given equal opportunities with other children. While private schools have dance, yoga and craft, not all government primary schools have these facilities. Thus, we go to such schools and teach them dance, craft, art, personality development through games. For this semester, we are holding these activities in two school government schools,” says Chakrabarty.