Impacting lives of prisoner’s dependants , uncle Raja teaches us the real meaning of being Educated
Life is full of uncertainties. It is complex mixture of happiness and sorrow. Sheer determination and never giving up attitude is needed to conquer this beautiful yet difficult journey of life.
One such influential journey is of K. R. Raja, a one man army impacting hundreds of lives in the most cherished manner and demonstrating how spreading knowledge gained can flourish others in society.
Here’s a short instance of one of his exemplary work:
Lakshmi, a 17 year old girl was suffering from a terrible emotional imbalance when she was eight. Her father was sent to the Palayamkottai Central Prison in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district to serve a life sentence for murdering his wife. After loosing her mother, Lakshmi was brought up by her grandmother who despite abject poverty, did what she could to care for her granddaughter.
At the age of 13, pertaining to circumstances, Lakshmi was on the brink of dropping out of school. However hard it may seem, a ray of hope is always there. This was the time when K.R. Raja knocked on their door.
It was his support which helped 17-year-old Lakshmi who even won a full scholarship last month to study at Chennai’s Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology.
More than 200 children like Lakshmi, aged between three and 18, who has a parent in Palayamkottai prison is blooming with K. R. Raja assistance.
Raja is the founder of Global Network for Equality (GNE), which has broadened the concept of education in society. Of these, around 78 are facing similar turmoil like Lakshmi. At this moment adequate resources to educate them or attend to their needs as these children constantly struggle with behavioural issues, depression, and anxiety.
Believing that Education is the ‘Sanjeevni booti’ to all their problems, Raja said “It’s easier to build strong children than repair broken men. I want to make sure they don’t fall into child labour or criminal activities themselves.”
K. R. Raja launched his programme to educate the children of prisoners who don’t have other means of support around seven years ago.
His own life has been full of ups and downs. A wrong treatment to cure a high fever paralysed his legs forever.
The thought of parenting these children struck his mind while he was volunteering as a counsellor in Palayamkottai prison, after his Master’s in social work, where he realised that around 205 children has lost their mothers who had been murdered by their fathers convicted of their crime.
Slowly and steadily, he made efforts and gained each child’s trust and interest and then started hunting for potential donors for their education. GNE as a foundation, works closely with schools, colleges and banks that help with admissions or opening accounts for students.
With people stepping ahead with the generous and impactful idea of Raja, many private companies and individuals are directly assisting the children each year to pay the school fees.
Raja now wants to reach out to jails of Tamil Nadu with the same purpose.