Every year the Going Global and Interact Clubs of SAI International School observes Day of Service in various ways. In the past we have spent the day at a home for the elderly, did craft activities with special needs students of the Open Learning Center and even played with the orphans at the Mother Teresa Center. This Year we face a challenge because of the COVID -19 situation. Visiting places and conducting an act of service was not an option so they had to think virtual. With the rise of COVID cases in the city and local area the students wanted to have a donation drive collecting unused masks, hand sanitizer and sanitary pads for the less fortunate and frontline workers.
For 3 weeks they pushed an online donation Drive called “High on Hygiene” which requested people to drop off as many masks, bottles of sanitizer and sanitary pads as possible in 2 drop boxes, one in Cuttack and one at SAI International School at Gate #4. In order to keep social distancing regulations the drop box was outside where the public could access it without entering the building. If people could not physically make a donation they donated funds which were used in purchasing a large amount of masks. In total over 1,000 unused cloth and medical masks were collected and 50 bottles of hand sanitiser along with 40 packets of sanitary pads. The drive ended on April 30 and then the school authorities distributed the donations to our local police department and to the vendors of several local vegetable markets. The remaining masks will be given to the BMC workers, and nearby slum area.