To help in the treatment of Covid-19 patients, ensure medications and oxygen supplies for them, Greenwood High student and founder of Ration Square, Anvi Mittal and her friends recently mobilized funds and collected over Rs 3 lakh in contribution within few days. The funds were raised from the Greenwood High parent community, friends and well-wishers. Ration Square, which has 30 members, is a student-run initiative that helps people in need.
The students shortlisted an NGO, Mercy Mission, to undertake purchase and distribution of Covid-related medical supplies and treatment of patients at its HBS Hospital in Shivajinagar. Apart from procuring oxygen, Mercy Mission utilized the funds to expand its network of ambulances to transport patients to its hospital from any part of the city. Mercy Mission campaign is an emergency response team formed by Project Smile and other NGOs in Bengaluru to provide support to the public from all corners of the city in the present second wave of Covid.
Speaking about the initiative, Anvi Mittal, said: “Ration Square was successful last year in raising more than Rs. 5,00,000 and distributing ration amongst the migrant labourers and daily wage workers during the pandemic. A big chunk of that was possible only due to Greenwood High and its parent community. The second surge of Covid required an immediate response from Ration Square and that’s why we raised funds this time too for this 100% not-for-profit campaign. We have disclosed the use of proceeds in a transparency report that has been sent to all contributors.”
Ms. Niru Agarwal, Trustee, Greenwood High International School, said: “Ration Square has undertaken a much needed initiative to help Covid patients. A situation like Covid can be handled well by collective response from society that is effective and solution-oriented. In this context, I thank Anvi, her friends and classmates for their kind gesture and for taking up such noble work. I hope more students would come forward to help Anvi and her team in the future.”