Guwahati : We come across our daily lives with such stories and examples of humane people with humane activities that inspire us to work for the betterment of the impoverished whatsoever our conditions might be. Setting such humane example is a rickshaw-puller from Assam’s Karimganj district who has built nine schools so that no poverty stricken child ever has to refrain themselves from Education.
Realising that his soon to be born child might not have proper education like him due to privation and penury, Ahmed Ali decided to build the schools for the generations to come.
“With the blessings of Allah and help from the locals, I was successful in accomplishing my dream” said the rickshaw puller. Seeing children not attending school due to poverty pained him and reminded him of his childhood.
The rickshaw puller hails from a village 300 kms away from Guwahati, who often ferried children to and from their schools for his livelihood. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also mentioned about his initiative in “Mann ki Baat” programme.
In total he has opened three lower primary schools, five middle schools and one high school in Madhurband and nearby villages.
Ali established his first school in his village, Madhurband, in 1978. For establishing the first school, he sold a portion of his land and donated another portion on which the building now stands. The funds for the schools were also arranged by him from his savings, daily earnings and some from charity.
To ensure fund flow, he used to pull his rickshaw in the morning and cut wood at night. The high school he started in 1990 has now 228 students enrolled.