New Delhi: A 16-year old girl Memoona Khan and her 14-year old brother Aamir, have gifted a toilet to the government girl’s school in Madhya Pradesh’s Narsingpur district.
Memoona and her brother pooled in every penny they had to build a toilet at Maharani Laxmi Bai Girls Higher Secondary School in their home district Narsingpur.
“The school had only one toilet. I’d feel bad seeing students standing in a queue outside the toilet,” Memoona, a student of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Narsingpur, told Times of India. “I talked about it with my younger brother Aamir. Since we were hesitant to discuss it with our parents, we first discussed it with a friend of my father’s, uncle Bablu Gupta. He appreciated our concern and told our father. Luckily, our father agreed.”
As “minority community” students, Memoona and Aamir had received scholarship money.
They returned some of it— around Rs 8,000 to which they added Rs 2000 to build the toilet. Seeing their enthusiasm, their father also pitched in with Rs14,500.
“We contributed a total of Rs 2,000. Thus we had around Rs 10,000 in total. Seeing our enthusiasm, our father also pitched in with Rs 14,500 for the toilet,” Memoona said.
Calling him “Mamaji”, Memoona had written to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in 2011, requesting him to build a road to her school.
Responding to her letter, Chouhan sanctioned funds for the road saying “Bhaanjion ki baat kaise taal sakta hoon?”