Savita Doke, the daughter of scrap pickers, receives an outpouring of help after MiD DAY reported on how she was struggling to pay her final semester fees; Priya Dutt donates Rs 25,000 to the 22-year old girl
After reading the story about Savita Doke, an MBA aspirant and daughter of scrap pickers, who was struggling to get a job to pay her final year’s semester fees, her family received an overwhelming response from people willing to extend financial aid.
The MiD DAY office was flooded with more than 100 emails and phone calls after the story was reported on February 3, to help the 22-year-old who was working tirelessly to pursue her higher education. One of the calls was from Priya Dutt, Member of Parliament (MP), who asked her officials to invite Savita to her office on Tuesday and receive the donation.
Dutt donated Rs 25,000 to Savita from the Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust. Despite being informed that she had received the donation to pay for her fees, people still wanted to pitch in and ensure that the young student could buy books to study, instead of borrowing from friends or visiting the library. She has also received internship offers from a couple of organisations.
Savita said, “I am grateful to all the people from India and outside India, who have called me or wanted to get in touch with me to help. I am also thankful to Priya Dutt, who presented me with my last semester’s fees. I promise to work hard and pass my MBA exams with good marks that will help me stand on my feet.”
When the MP asked the young aspirant about her future, she said, “I will look for a job. The support of people has been unimaginable and I’m determined to live up to everyone’s expectations.” Leela Doke, her mother, told this newspaper, “We are grateful to everyone who wants to help my daughter and to Priya madam. We are finally relieved and are no more stressed.” “It is because of such encouraging stories we come across in MiD DAY that gives us a chance to help people like Savita,” added Dutt.