Gonzaga students prep lunches to help children in India
A group of students at Gonzaga High School in St. John's sold boxed lunches on Friday to raise money to help change the lives of children in India.
Nitish Bhatt and his family came to Canada 10 years ago.
Bhatt said he wanted to be able to give something back to his home country.
However, Bhatt said things aren't so easy in the southern Indian village of Kakinada.
"They need all of their children to work on the farms so they can directly feed themselves and they can put enough food on the table, and this is what prevents most children from going to school," said Bhatt.
Small contributions can mean big change
Bhatt and his friends decided to set up a lunch event, selling boxed Indian meals and putting the proceeds toward helping fund education in India.
Bhatt's classmate Neria Aylward said while looking at problems on a large scale can be overwhelming, it's important to remember that any small contribution can mean a world of change for one person.
"It's not as hard as you would think it is to just kind of change one life in India, and maybe that's where we should start," she said.
"You look at these huge problems like illiteracy in India and you say, 'Where can I start, what can I do as a student in St. John's?', but, if you're changing one or two kids' lives, that's changing something and that's starting to break that cycle of poverty."