Our dear friend Jawahar Tadepalli passed away from COVID-19 on June 19th, 2021. With his passing, we have lost a dear friend, an inspirational leader, and a wonderful colleague. His life was nothing short of inspirational. He defied poverty to single-handedly provide financial stability for his family, and created lifelong impact on his friends, colleagues, and students along the way. He was the sole breadwinner for his family, and is survived by his grandmother, mother, wife, and an 8-month old son. This fundraiser will help rebuild his family's future.
A Thousand Smiles No More
Jawahar spent his life in the service of others. He was a loving husband, caring father and a dutiful son who personified kindness and humility. He always put others ahead of himself, even in his final few days, tragically succumbing to Covid related complications which he contracted while taking care of his mother and grandmother. He was the sole breadwinner for his family and is survived by his grandmother, mother, wife, and an 8-month-old son.
Born into a poor household in rural Chintalapudi, Andhra Pradesh, he battled several hardships throughout his life. His parents were daily wage workers, who did not have the means to support his education, yet Jawahar worked hard to get scholarships and worked odd jobs to support himself. His determination paid off; he finished schooling at Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya and subsequently completed his higher education at Government College, Rajahmundry. He valued the education he received and his passion for teaching and helping others led him to work as an educator - beginning with teaching in the classroom. He was Teach For India Fellow in the 2013 cohort, where he ignited young minds and ignited many dreams among his students. Jawahar would spend hours after school counselling his students and meeting parents to build relationships with them. He would also meet and talk with parents who were contemplating pulling their children out of school. He was an education pioneer in many ways - back in 2013, when using online teacher training tools faced a lot of resistance, he started the Firki training program to train teachers in his school.
At Bridge International Academies, Jawahar led teacher training. His training inspired several hundred teachers and school leaders across India, and Nigeria. One of the former leadership team members at Bridge, was so impressed with his training skills that she wrote an email to the TFI leadership thanking them for nurturing fellows like Jawahar.
Jawahar quickly rose to being the Director, Schools at Bridge Andhra Pradesh, where he supervised the running of schools. Last year, he took over as Project Director, for Bridge in Andhra Pradesh.
He led with grace, always with a smile on his face, and with words of encouragement for everyone. He spent countless hours in the classroom, nurturing pupils, coaching teachers, and even baby-sitting the young children attending school for the first time. He worked for each pupil with unyielding tenacity, especially during this past year; working hard to ensure that all our pupils had access to lessons, even as they studied from home, with limited resources.
Through these years of committed work, Jawahar brought financial stability to his family - single-handedly organized his sister’s marriage, built a house for his parents and took care of all family expenses. All seemed well when misfortune stuck: his beloved father was detected with cancer. To provide his terminally ill father with the best treatment, he sold their home but that didn't prove enough as he unfortunately lost his father too. His life was an uphill battle, one that he fought willingly and with a smile. It is terribly cruel that he had to leave us just when he had started to put those hardships behind him and was looking forward to a good life with his wife and his 8-month-old-son.Ways To Support Jawahar’s Family:
These are difficult times for his family who not only lost their shining beacon of love and warmth, but are also at the verge of losing the stability that Jawahar struggled his entire life to provide. Let’s come together and support his grief-stricken family.
Short term support:
You could contribute to this fundraiser and help the family with immediate livelihood, healthcare, and other needs.
Long term support:
Through this fundraiser we aim to stabilize the family in this tough time of negotiating not just loss of a dear one but also the loss of their only source of livelihood. However, there are important long term recurring needs of the family that would enable the family to live without fear as below:
- Education fund for the child for his higher education needs (beyond the mentioned estimates as it is a conservative amount)
- Livelihood securing upskilling or asset building
- Life and health insurance of the family beyond 3 years.
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