Mangaluru: It is difficult to rear cows even if there are huts at home and it is an adventure to bring someone else’s cows to their own school and take care of them. Meanwhile, Chandrashekhar Damle of Sneha School in Sullia of Dakshina Kannada District has taken a great step on this venture by rearing cows.
Two years ago, when the Payashwini River in Sullia was hit by floods, several houses on the banks of the river had been flooded with water. The children of one such houses used to come to Sneha School. Damle suspected the situation there and visited the children’s house and advised them to stay in his vacant house till the floods subsided. However, they were sheltered by their neighbours.
The same family was unable to stay in their house as it had been raining for over a week now and the earthquake had also occurred. Damle had again invited the family to his vacant house. Even though they had agreed to come, when he called after two days they did not turn up as it was very difficult for them to leave behind the seven cows they have been rearing. There was no place for these cattle in any hermitage and the family had no choice but to sell the cattle. This was not acceptable to the family.
Perhaps Damle knew how difficult it would be to leave behind the cattle. Hence, he made space for 2 cows, 4 calves and 1 big calf in the pavilion which was lying vacant in his own school.
Speaking to News Karnataka, Chandrashekhar Damle said, “Today’s children don’t know much about cows and cattle and don’t know how to rear them. My aim is that at least through this the children should learn,” he said.
It would not be wrong to say that the Sneha School is also in the midst of nature and the aim of this school is to bring up the children amid nature.