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A group of students in Wayanad cultivates flowers to buy Onam gifts for the needy

Students at their marigold garden in the premises of their school in Wayanad, Kerala. Image Credit: Special Arrangement.

A group of 50 students of a government higher secondary school at Vaduvanchal in Wayanad is on a noble mission this Onam to provide special Onam gifts to bedridden patients in their village.

The students under the guidance of the school’s National Service Scheme unit are cultivating flowers on school premises for sale and will use the proceeds from it to buy Onam gifts for bedridden elderly patients, creating a ripple of kindness that captures the true essence of the Onam festival.

The students are cultivating Marigold, one of the most sought-after flowers which is used for laying floral carpets during the Onam festival. With the support of parents and teachers, the students transformed over 70 cents of land within the school premises into a vibrant garden bursting with colorful blooms.

“We started the cultivation in the month of June. Now the flowers have become ripe for harvesting. The whole credit for this blooming garden goes to the students who have diligently tended to the plants for the last two months, regularly watering and nurturing them,” said school NSS programme coordinator V P Subhash.

He said the flowers will be sold in the local market and the proceeds from the sales will be used to provide Onam kits to the bedridden patients in the village under the scheme “We are always with you.”

In a heartfelt gesture, the school authorities are planning to deliver these food kits personally to the homes of the bedridden in the village. The initiative has not only garnered attention within the community but has also inspired neighboring schools and local organizations to explore similar avenues of community service. “We are really happy to have undertaken this project to create positive change,” said student Mohammed Finas.

The small mission of the students serves as a poignant reminder that small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on the lives of others. In fact, their garden has blossomed into a beautiful tapestry of compassion, ensuring that this Onam will be a celebration of not just abundance, but of the enduring power of unity and love.

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