Rupee for Change

John Abraham Rupee for Change

Bollywoood actor and Habitat Brand Ambassador John Abraham honouring Sacred Heart School, Kalyan for being No.1 in the Rupee for Change Program 2015-16


About the Campaign

Rupee for Change is a Habitat India campaign that engages schools in advocacy, volunteer and fundraising activities to support Habitat’s e­fforts to re-build the nation. Close to over 300 schools nation-wide have participated in ‘Rupee for Change’ campaign activities including mock house builds, marathons, 2-D art contests and read-a-thons. Approximately 25,000 students have taken part in ‘Rupee for Change’ campaign activities in an effort to raise funds for Habitat India’s work across the country. We are supported by leading chain of schools like Podar International, Billabong High International, Universal Education, The Millennium Schools, Pearsons, Shemford and many other schools across 20 cities.

“Our school is Learner centred, equipped with all modern amenities and high class infrastructure providing us all round development with the belief ‘Traditional Values, Modern Thoughts’. Through different activities like Joy of Giving, Parivartan Drive our School inculcates social values amongst the students. Habitat is genuinely striving hard for the betterment of society ,definitely their efforts are going extent in building the moral development in children and in creating a better world by providing the ‘ Helping hands ‘ to the needy. Be the change ,what you want to see in the world.”

Ms.Vedika Anchatwar, Student, Podar International School, Yavatmal


Renowned Bollywood actor and producer John Abraham visited the Sacred Heart School Kalyan to appreciate the efforts of these students for making the highest donation under Habitat for Humanity India’s Rupee for Change campaign in the year 2015-16.

While interacting with students, John Abraham said, “Thousands were rendered homeless due to the devastating floods in Tamil Nadu. It is heart-warming to see the efforts of these young kids of Sacred Heart School, Kalyan who are selflessly working towards rebuilding the lives of the flood affected families. The funds raised by the students will make a huge difference and will enable the families to reclaim their lives. I wish them luck for more such contribution to the society in coming years”.

Leaders of tomorrow will be those who change people’s lives and make it better. To be the leaders of change, our students must have the experience of the ‘Have-Nots’ prevailing in the society. They must nurture a compassionate heart which reaches out to their brethren living in the world of ‘Have-Nots’. Undoubtedly, ‘Habitat for Humanity’ is a wonderful organisation we have partnered with to nurture ‘Leader’s of Change’ in our school”. – Albin Anthony, Chief Operating Officer, Sacred Heart School

We have summarised our previous academic year in our Rupee for Change report. Do read how your contributions have helped us build homes and sanitation units in so many states of India. Click here to download the report.

Campaign Activities

We believe these activities instill values of social contribution, compassion and generosity in school children. Your school can support Habitat India’s endeavor to rebuild the nation by participating in our ‘Rupee for Change’ campaign.

2-D Art Contests
Habitat India organized 2-D art contests and poster making competitions around the theme of ‘a home’ in several schools to raise funds for Habitat India’s mission. See samples of art work created by students in 2013

Poster Contest

The program comprises of a simple poster competition in which participating children will make poster on anyone of the 3 themes viz. “What a home means to me?” or “‘Importance of Sanitation” or “Cleanliness & Hygiene.” . The poster competition will have a mandatory participation fee of INR 100 per student. You can contribute further by adding INR 265/- or more by asking your friends, fellow residents and family members to contribute. All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity India’s work across the country.

Several schools including Rajhans Vidyalaya and DYPIS organized marathons to raise funds for Habitat India’s Uttarakhand ‑food relief ­efforts.

Universal Education Group of Schools, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Billabong High International School, Arya Gurukul, Dr. Pillai Global Academy supported Habitat for Humanity India by participating in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2017.


T-Shirt Design Contest


Read-a-thon is a fantastic way to reinforce good reading habits and at the same time contribute towards a good cause. Students can support Habitat’s effort to rebuild India by participating in a Read-a-thon where they choose what they want to read, set themselves a challenging goal and ask their parents and friends to support their eff­orts to meet this goal by sponsoring them. Pathways Noida successfully raised funds for Habitat India by conducting a read-a-thon involving their students.

Mock Houses
Students can fundraise for Habitat by organizing ‘mock houses’ . Through this activity participants build a mock Habitat house brick-by-brick through making donations towards building material. These donations then go towards building Habitat homes across the country. Students from the American School of Bombay raised funds for Habitat through such mock house builds.


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