Re 1 per day raises Rs 5.7m for Dhankuta geriatric home
SIDDHA RAJ RAI
DHANKUTA, Aug 22: Many a little makes a mickle. This has turned veritably true in Dhankuta with one rupee donation collected from every individual for a geriatric home adding up to Rs 5.7 million so far.
The donation campaign started by Bisranti Geriatric Home Management Committee three years ago has so far raised Rs 5.7 million in their fund.
The campaign was launched with the aim of collecting Rs 10 million within five years to set up a permanent fund for the management of geriatric home, said Deputy Secretary of the committee Janardan Ghimire.
Around 25,000 people have been donating Re 1 per day for the establishment of a permanent fund for the old age home. Donors can either deposit one-time Rs 1,525 or Re 1 daily for five years in the account opened for old age home at Rastriya Banijya Bank (RBB) and Kabeli Development Bank in Dhankuta.
Besides, Kabeli Bank has also been contributing to the campaign. The bank deposits five rupees in the fund for every new account opened in the bank.
Around 35 elderly have been living in the geriatric home now. The home has been getting support in both cash and kind from local businessmen.
Acting chairman of the committee Krishna Prasad Wasti informed that around Rs 1.5 million have been spent for the care of the elderly. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare has also contributed Rs 1 million for the elderly home.