Now we often label our children as the mini versions of God with a golden heart. Yes, that is certainly true. Previously, Thanuja Kumaran was in the limelight on social media with her thoughtful initiative to help underprivileged students with digital devices. Netizens showered her with a lot of praises and support back then.
The child with the golden heart has earned another award to her collection when her Digital Hope initiative was declared the winner of the Tuanku Bainun Young Changemakers Awards 2021 in the Individual Category (6-12 years old).
Along with the award, 10-year-old Thanuja will also receive RM2,000 from the Tuanku Bainun Creative Centre for Children in recognition of her victory, which she intends to use later on when she furthers her education.
Since the award’s inauguration in 2015, the 10-year-old has also become Malaysia’s first Indian girl to take home the award.
After witnessing a classmate struggling to follow online learning without a digital device, the karate enthusiast launched her Digital Hope Project, which provides reconditioned digital devices to poor kids.
So far, the Klang native has handed 16 digital devices, such as laptops and tablets to 22 kids and their school-aged siblings.
This brilliant young lass expressed her excitement and delight at being declared the winner, saying she couldn’t grasp it because all of the other contestants had submitted outstanding ideas as well.
The little champ, on the other hand, isn’t one to rest on her glories.
Thanuja has chosen to begin her long-awaited dream project of generating organic fertilisers for her school garden using food waste.
Thanuja’s International Accomplishments
This ingenious student created a name for herself on the world stage when her idea won numerous innovative prizes in India, including the Vibrant Education group’s International Budding Star Award last year.
After demonstrating her process for creating compost from household waste such as onion peels, tea waste, and crushed eggshells, she was honoured “Tamil Scientist of the Year” by the Research Centre for Science and Sangam Literature in Tamil Nadu, India in 2020.
Thanuja’s enthusiasm towards the initiative was heightened by international attention, so she decided to launch a community-based gardening project using homemade fertilisers for the Tuanku Bainun Young Changemakers competition.
People tend to become better and more productive when they receive the appropriate amount of support and acknowledgement.
Keep aiming for the stars kiddo!