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Bengaluru School Students sell cupcakes on roadside stalls to raise funds for underprivileged dropout students

What did we do during our summer vacations in 12th grade of our schooling? We might recall the day long tuition classes, long hours of self studies, rigorous training and internship periods and so on.
For most of us, the entire period during high school has been one of the most stressful phases of our life.

But this summer vacation was a lot more meaningful for a bunch of young energetic children who were recently seen selling cupcakes at Rangoli Art centre in Bangalore. When asked, they said that they were doing this for charity.  Curious to know about what drove the young and carefree generation to take such a move, we spoke to Vasundhara Agarwal, one of the members of the group.

“We all are privileged that we are getting good education in our lives and have taken this as a granted right. But what about those who are deprived of such privileges. Our hearts cry out for them and we are here to make a difference in their lives”, says Vasundhara.  This team of six 12th grade students from Indus International School in Bangalore have founded an organisation named ‘Selflessly Yours’, which has collaborated with a Bangalore based NGO Bal Utsav to raise funds for supporting the school education of 50 school dropout kids.

Team Selflessly Yours selling cupcakes at Rangoli Art Centre
Team Selflessly Yours selling cupcakes at Rangoli Art Centre

Bal Utsav works for child welfare in the areas of education, health, nutrition and sanitation. It primarily focusses on mainstreaming out of school children into formal schools. What is remarkable about Bal Utsav is, it engages privileged school children as volunteers to facilitate its projects, which subtly imbibes social values and responsibility in children of the elite section of the society.

Awakening social responsibility, Selflessly yours was given birth by this team comprising of Simran, Anshul, Vendant, Vasundhara, Nimisha and Mahima. They found a platform to exercise their social responsibilities and make life worth living for the deprived section.

The next plan of action for the group is to go door to door and distribute pamphlets and share with people about the noble cause they are working for. “Just selling the cupcakes wouldn’t be very meaningful. So we decided to also go around and share our cause behind it, with the people”, says Vasundhara.

This initiative has not only evoked good values in the children but have also taught them skills like marketing, cost management, communication, etc. “Academics is only a part of education. But what our children have learnt from this initiative is indeed a life long learning that academics could have never imbibed in them. That is why I encourage my kids to take such steps. Being in a country like India, today’s children, who will lead the nation tomorrow, should be sensitised about such issues and take concrete steps towards social change”, says Nidhi Agarwal, Vasundhara’s mother.

The group has successfully raised Rs. 2 Lakhs and is planning to carry this fund raising campaign even after their summer vacations, until their target of 2.5 Lakhs is reached.
In this modernised world, while children of their age are held in the clutches of stress and competition and are struggling to make a future for themselves, these selfless young minds of ‘Selflessly Yours’ are sowing the seeds for a better tomorrow for the nation.


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