BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Sumil Nair, a senior at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, decided to help an Indian school, called Janta Inter-College, in the small town of Barhapur in India, with the basic amenities and infrastructure that he and his classmates are fortunate to have at home.
The school in India is without drinking water, electricity and basic infrastructure conditions, which are hindering the students’ abilities to get a proper education.
Over the summer, Nair began a fundraising campaign to raise money to help bring drinking water to the school.
“The whole thing started just as a random idea floating in my head,” he said. “I’m always about helping the community, and, as of late, I wanted to broaden my reach from local to international scope. And it has really made a difference for the kids and faculty of that school.”
To begin, Nair donated money he had earned from working jobs throughout the previous year.
Then, Nair used social media and a Gofundme campaign to raise money to help provide a running water facility for the students and faculty of the school.
At this point, Nair has raised more than $1,500 for the cause, and the project is still running. He is continuing to look for more contributions to improve the school as much as possible.
The drinking water facility is now complete, and it is a dream for the students there.
Now that that project is complete, Nair is moving forward to try to provide electricity and other amenities to the school.
“I have learned a lot from this experience,” he said. “I have learned that it does not take anything astronomical to make a positive impact on the world. In a time where there’s so much strife and conflict, it’s nice to help brighten the world regardless of the magnitude.”