'Coffee for a Cause' By Grade 5 Students of Indus International School

Hyderabad, India, June, 2013: Young Rohan Vasishth, a grade 5 student at Indus International School, Hyderabad along with his classmates embarked on an early entrepreneurship of a different kind. Together they launched an organic and fair trade coffee brand under the name of "Madhubani" that they thought will be a fine way to support a cause -education for 25 underprivileged girls.


Rohan and his core team presented the first cheque for Rs 60.000 to Ms Rohini Mukherjee Chief Policy Officer - Naandi Foundation today which runs Nanhi Kali project which raises money to support the underprivileged girls to go to school and the Araku Valley project which support farmers who grow 100% organic and high quality coffee.

Rohan Vasishth said, a year ago I spoke about the four core values of my school: Love, Discipline, Respect and Empathy, at a leadership summit, I have been reflecting on how to live these four core values and this project has helped me develop these values". This project is an inspiration from the school's leadership curriculum.

This unique socially inclined leadership development project initiated by a team of Grade 5 student led by Rohan is cooperation between Indus International School and Naandi Foundation a non-profit organization that in a small yet significant way ensure that each and every underpreviliged child gets the best start in life so that they will thrive and meet their fullest potential as they grow.

Rohini Mukherjee, Chief Policy Officer - Naandi Foundation, said ‘Madhubani coffee' is a novel way to raise funds by these young Indus International School children to support underprivileged girl children to go to school. It is a completely student lead initiative that involved packaging and selling of high quality coffee from Araku Valley and then use profits from the sales to support the cause."

Nuwaira Pasha, Head of PYP, Indus International School, Hyderabad and a mentor of the project said The project is aligned with the school's leadership and community service philosophy and demonstrates leadership in action. The success of this project is a result of the effort put in by Rohan who has been the team lead as well as all the primary school children at Indus International School starting from Grade 1.Girls with access to education not only vastly improve their own lives but also bring change to their families, economies, and societies. Providing girls with a quality education is also a highly effective tool to address poverty and fight disease, she added.

Girls Education

Girls Education

Grade 5 Student Rohan giving away the first Cheque to Rohini Mukherjee of Naandi Foundation in support of education for Underpreviliged Girl Children.

Rohan with the coffee pack

Rohan with the coffee pack

Grade 5 students of Indus International School launch own branded ‘Madhubani' coffee to raise funds to support 25 underprivileged girls education

With the core team at the stall

With the core team at the stall

The project has a dual principle, one is to raise funds to educate young girls and then another one is to help promote the high quality coffee produced by the farmers of Araku Valley.

The project has a dual principle, one is to raise funds to educate young girls and then another one is to help promote the high quality coffee produced by the farmers of Araku Valley. The idea germinated after these children learnt from their teachers that 26% of the girls in the age group 6-14 in India don't go to school according to a leading global children organization by their teachers.

Ideation of such initiatives culminates from the annual leadership summits that are held at Indus International School campus. Students from all Grades showcase their learning through leadership talks, photography exhibitions, leadership journals and panel discussions. One the key values that is imbibed in students is to have service goals aimed at helping community besides pursuing personal goals.

About Indus International School, Hyderabad
Founded on the ethos of "In Omnia Paratus", prepared for all challenges, Indus International School (www.indusschoolhyd.com ) nurtures the leaders of tomorrow, through a unique and well-defined curriculum and a dedicated focus on "learning beyond the classroom." The medium of instruction is English and the curriculum planned is the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme from Prep to Grade 5, the Indus Middle School Programme from Grade 6 to Grade 10, culminating in the CIE (Cambridge International Certificate) of Secondary Examination in Grades 9 & 10. Students are awarded the International Certificate of Education (ICE) after Grade 10. The school offers the IB Diploma Program for grades 11 and 12.

With an infrastructure that supports excellence in all areas, Indus International School provides a wide array of world-class facilities in academics, sports, IT, and habitat. The School is managed by the CEO and Board of Trustees, comprising members representing varied fields such as real estate development, Information Technology and consumer durables.

The first Indus International School was established in July 2003 at Sarjapur, Bangalore, by the Indus Trust.

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