On Saturday, Sept. 10, the South Asian Society (SAS) hosted a movie screening of “3 Idiots,” a popular 2009 Bollywood comedy film, in order to raise money for flood victims in Pakistan. SAS raised a total of $225.50, which it donated to organizations that provide aid to the victims.
One-third of Pakistan is currently underwater following this year’s disastrously heavy monsoon rains, which many experts believe are a result of the extreme heat waves in April and May. The crisis has led to the deaths of over 1,100 people, including 350 children. Over 1,600 people have been injured, and more than 3.1 million people have been displaced. Many emergency relief providers fear that the situation will become increasingly bleak as water-borne illnesses begin to pose a serious threat to survivors.
Around twenty students attended the movie screening in Higley Hall, and many donated to the cause. SAS also aimed to educate students at the event about the consequences of climate change and the countries that risk facing a disaster similar to Pakistan’s. “The floods are the result of human activities around the world so all the countries specifically the ones that have higher carbon emissions must take responsibility for these and help the people affected,” SAS member Mughees Saeed ’25 wrote in a message to the Collegian.
Though the organization was able to collect funds to donate, some members were disappointed that the event did not receive more support from the Kenyon community. “I would say the event turned out to be what we expected,” Saeed wrote, “however I wish more people had shown up especially from the faculty.”