Panaji: Less than five days after TOI reported the plight of girl students in a Santa Cruz orphanage who lacked smartphones to access online classes, Dempo Group and co-founder of a Hyderabad-based IT start-up PerspectAI have ensured that each of the six students in need now have individual devices.
Director of the home Care and Compassion-Goa, Prince Aaron Golden, said that the girls are ‘excited’ about their new smartphones and will not have to attend classes using phones borrowed from the orphanage’s staff.
“I read the report in TOI and felt it was our duty to help. One, it is an orphanage. Two, it is run from the village of Santa Cruz, where my family house is. Six smartphones was their main requirement. It is our duty to make the world a better place and give access to youngsters who have the aspiration to study,” said Dempo Group chairman Shrinivas Dempo. “I would like to thank the TOI and I would want newspapers to get more such stories reported so more responsible citizens can come forward to help,” he said.
Brother-in-law Purnajaya Singh, co-founder of PerspectAI, who provided two of the six smartphones to the home, said he wanted to help with the cause all the more as it involved education of the girl child.
“This is for the education of the girl child. The way we received good education and love of our parents, these are children of an orphanage who want to pursue education. They are the future of our country and it was our duty to help,” said Singh, who has a doctorate in psychology and whose start-up works in the area of human resources technology.
Golden said that thanks to the donation from the Dempo Group and Singh, each of the students studying in the higher classes from the home has a dedicated phone for their studies, as was the requirement of their schools.