Burlingame High School students are searching for people traveling to India this summer to help distribute donated clothes to children in Bangalore.
In March, Burlingame students Uma Krishnan, Christina Peil, Marnie Sturm, along with those in the Students in Action club, teamed up to run a clothing drive for the Project Hope School in Bangalore, India. Project Hope is an international nonprofit which, among other work, runs schools for children who would otherwise have no way to get an education. While the drive was successful, students ran into challenges when it came to getting the clothes to the children. Krishnan, whose family volunteers with the school on Tannery Road in Bangalore, will take some with her this summer. But additional help is welcomed — and, frankly, needed.
Krishnan, a sophomore, said the idea was a simple one to support children who weren’t as lucky as she.
“I feel like I could be one of those kids. I’m lucky my parents were able to immigrate,” she said.
On Tuesday, she’ll set off for her first trip to volunteer in India with the organization with some of the donated clothing in tow.
The idea started when Krishnan realized the 400 children in the Tannery Road school, which serves children in kindergarten through 10th grade, needed clothing. Burlingame club members agreed to take on the idea of a clothing drive asking for items for children ages 5 to 15 years old that were modest.
Students at the local high school rallied around the idea and donated about 250 pieces of clothing. Shipping costs for the clothes turned out to be quite expensive. To cover the cost, students in the Students in Action club sold Indian cuisine at the International Food Faire — raising more than $250.
After holding the fundraiser, students learned the school’s bylaws won’t allow the money raised to be used for charity. That’s where extra suitcase space comes in.
Krishnan is taking extra suitcases with clothes when she visits India this summer. And, since she can’t take all the clothes, club members are contacting companies in hopes that others who are going to Bangalore would be willing to bring extra clothing with them.
For more information about, or to donate to, Project Hope visit www.projecthope.org. To offer suitcase space, contact Krishnan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version reported that this project was through HOPE worldwide rather than Project Hope.