School boy gives free homemade cleaning lotion to flood-hit houses
Attingal: A Plus Two student of Attingal Sree Vidyadhiraja English Medium Higher Secondary School has blazed a trail by providing cleaning lotion free of cost for the flood relief camps. Akash S. Nair, son of Attingal Kollampuzha native late Sunil Kumar and M. R. Beena, is doing his bit for the flood victims.
Akash collects used plastic water bottles from the roadsides to fill the lotion and various volunteer organisations distribute it to the relief camps across the state. He has already prepared and distributed more than 1000 bottles of lotion without charging a single penny within the past few days.
Akash’s father had died seven years ago. Presently, his mother Beena is working abroad. Akash is staying with his grandmother and relatives. Akash learned to make the lotion when he was in Class 9. He found this as a means to meet his school expenses.
He collected empty plastic bottles from streets and shops. When a school boy roamed around the street, people ridiculed him. However, Akash did not withdraw from the task. He continued to collect bottles and fill the lotion he made in it.
Also, he sells the lotions by door-to-door sale on holidays. The raw materials required for making 12 bottles of lotion cost Rs 280. One bottle is sold for Rs 30 and he gets a profit of Rs 7. The money saved in this way is used to meet his school expenses.
After saving the money for his needs, Akash also contributes the rest of the amount for feeding the inmates of orphanages. It is a habit he maintains since the day he started making the lotion. As he understood the cleaning lotion is necessary in flood relief camps, he took all his savings for making the lotion.
Many volunteers came in search of Akash’s house in the recent days. He handed over all bottles of lotion he prepared to them. He has only one thing to say, ‘I’m also doing my bit with you’. He is again getting back to his mission of collecting bottles for filling the lotion.