Forty years back after returning from
The type of work my wife and I had undertaken is the job of kings (governments) or Fakirs. Born in a poor family myself, I was neither. Nevertheless, my wife and I have a success story to tell because we have been privileged to receive blessings and assistance from saints like Swami Pathik Ji and Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Rishikesh. Why they came forward and helped us is anybody’s guess. We had nothing except sincere efforts and desire to help my fellow villagers. People kept coming and helping in our efforts every now and then.
In the meantime my sons Neelesh and Shailesh became capable of extending a helping hand to us. We are getting the pleasure of completing the task assigned to us by the Almighty. Efforts of my son Neelesh and his friend Sharat Pradhan helped our school gain Grants-in-aid, but only up to Class VIII. Neelesh funded the electricity connection bill and internal wiring in the school. Karan Dalal from Mumbai, a noble soul and IT professional, came from nowhere and with his friends arranged for large sums of money for completing construction work. His father Mr. Shishir Dalal arranged for solar lights in the school with which the campus is well lit in the night and six computers are running uninterrupted. Other computers run with normal electricity and back-up.
When Adam Gilmore a friend of Neelesh and a senior scientist in NASA came to our school and delivered a lecture, using projector, on how space crafts are launched and stationed in space, the entire community of teachers and students including ourselves were thrilled. In spite of our unfinished dream, we are contented in life that God has chosen us to deliver something for the needy.
In an area of about 400 sq. km., there still is no
We have adequate building for secondary school in a remote village Kunaura in
Should the rural youth be deprived of good secondary education because they are unable to construct huge buildings? Should the rural poor be provided only spade work under NREGA for ages? Should there be no distinction between the rural and urban norms for school recognition? I hope the Education Policy makers would address to the needs of the rural youth.