Teacher donates food kits to 110 students during coronavirus pandemic
Idukki: Preshi Sal Kurian, a teacher at Irattayar Nalumukku school here turned epitome of humanity after lending a helping hand to her students who are reeling under poverty and lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Like all teachers, Preshi also phoned her students to alert on online classes. But the students had a different tale to share of hunger and poverty.
Without any second thought, the teacher purchased food items with her two months' salary. After packing it well, she distributed it to 110 students from Anganwadi to 10th standard.
When most of the teachers were busy ensuring the attendance of each student in the online class, Preshi teacher gave priority to feed the students.
Preshi is working at Irattayar Nalumukku Govt. School since four years. For her students, she is like their own mother. Now, she is the acting headmistress at the school.
“Most of the students in this school are from a poor background. They are children of coolie workers who are struggling to make both ends meet every day. With the lockdown, their lives became in extreme poverty. But they survived as the government supplied ration and food kit. The students said that they are starving nowadays as all the food items from the ration shop are over,” said the teacher.
Realizing the pathetic condition of the students, Preshi purchased food items and made 110 kits ready for supply. Each kit carried 14 items including 5 kg rice, peas, sugar, tea and oil. With the help of her colleagues and panchayat members, the teacher distributed it to the students.
“I have seen the news on people who were forced to wait in long queues to get food in north Indian states. By distributing the food kits, I just wanted my children not to experience such a situation,” said the teacher.
Students who were devastated in the floods last year received school kit including books, pen, pencil etc and food kit from the teacher. She also provided financial help to those students who are in need.
“My husband Lenin, a teacher at Panikankudi school and ward councillor and my children Agete, Thennal and Ithal are supporting me in all my activities. They are my power,” said the teacher.