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Help Prakash Rao Provide Education And Nutrition For Slum Children

Prakash Rao, a tea-seller in Cuttack, has been changing lives of scores of slum children by not only providing them free education but also free meal. 62-year-old Prakash Rao has been a beacon of hope for around 100 children in a slum. For the last 19 years, Rao has been donating half of his income towards the running of the school. In 2019, Prakash Rao was awarded Padma Shri for his efforts to boost affordable education.

Prakash Rao was only six-years-old when he started working at his father’s tea-stall. “My father had a tea stall in Cuttack and I used to help him. I wasn’t a regular in school because of my family commitments. Despite being a bright student, I could continue my studies only till Class XI. My father fell ill and I had to run the stall and pay for his medical bills. I didn’t have the means to study. This motivated me to provide opportunities to slum kids who face similar hurdles which I had faced in my childhood.”
Unable to complete his studies because of financial difficulties, Prakash Rao now lives his dream through children living in slums, who do not have money to pay their school fees. Prakash Rao says, “I was a good student. Bright in academics, adept at football. I wanted to become a doctor but landed up becoming a chaiwala. I knew what it was like to not have any opportunities. And I did not want these kids to have the same fate.” He started the ‘Asha O Ashwasana’ school in 2000. Rao took the step of starting the school after the saw the kids in his neighbourhood falling for petty crimes or becoming alcoholics. For every cup of tea sold at his stall, he used half the amount towards the education and health of the slum kids. He first operated from his two-room thatched house, with four children, where he provided them with food and education, completely free of cost.

 “Living and working in a slum, I witnessed the resistance of parents towards education first-hand. Living in their makeshift jhuggi jhopdis, they thought of their children as means of earning income. Instead of enrolling them in schools, these children were enrolled in menial labour. Working odd jobs and becoming domestic helpers, whatever money they earned was often snatched by the men in the home, who would buy alcohol and turn to domestic violence. It deeply affected me, every single day.”

The same parents who complained about education, gratefully look on as they watch their sons and daughters cycle to their colleges today. Rao provides basic level education – from kindergarten to class III for the kids at the school and later helps them to get enrolled in various government schools.  “Every morning, I give time to my tea stall that’s opened between 6am and 10am. From 10am to noon, I come to my school that has around 100 students. Apart from teachers, there are a few volunteers who love to teach. In the afternoon, I again open my tea stall and work till 8pm. Every day I cook dalma for them (a preparation of dal, rice and sabji). It gives me immense joy to see them relish the home-cooked meal that is high in nutrition.
Prakash Rao’s house was damaged when cyclone Fani hit Odisha on May 3rd. However, this didn’t deter his efforts to feed and educate the 100 children at his school. He is struggling with the lack of funds to pay the teachers at the school. Your help can ensure that his dream of providing a quality life to the slum children stays alive.
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8th October 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your contribution and support.

The funds raised so far have been helpful in completing 80% of the work which is the construction of the school for the children to provide free education.

My wish is to provide free meals along with education to the children. Keep supporting to help my dreams come true.

Regards,
Prakash Rao
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your contribution and support.

The funds raised so far have been helpful in completing 80% of the work which is the construction of the school for the children to provide free education.

My wish is to provide free meals along with education to the children. Keep supporting to help my dreams come true.

Regards,
Prakash Rao
18th September 2019
Dear Supporters,

We would like to inform you all that my father Mr. Prakash Rao is a little better now. He needs two support to walk and has a partial memory loss.

We are reconstruction the school Asha Ashwasan as during the time of cyclone the school was completely destroyed along with my house I am uploading pictures of my school and I am very thankful to all people those who contributed I request the people of Odisha to come and visit my school ones. Here are some pictures and a video below, which shows the school is under construction.

Thank you so much for all your support.

Regards,
Priya
(Daughter)










Dear Supporters,

We would like to inform you all that my father Mr. Prakash Rao is a little better now. He needs two support to walk and has a partial memory loss.

We are reconstruction the school Asha Ashwasan as during the time of cyclone the school was completely destroyed along with my house I am uploading pictures of my school and I am very thankful to all people those who contributed I request the people of Odisha to come and visit my school ones. Here are some pictures and a video below, which shows the school is under construction.

Thank you so much for all your support.

Regards,
Priya
(Daughter)










26th July 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the support and love you have shown towards Mr. Prakash Rao.

We have some important news to share. His school teacher informed us he had to be hospitalized in SCB Medical College and Hospital and is in the ICU care currently.

We then got in touch with his daughter, Priya, and one of the teachers of his school to get an update about his health. We were told he suffered a brain stroke and his left side of the body had been paralysed.

The good news is that he is showing a positive response to the treatment and is recovering. The doctors have also informed that if he recovers at the current pace, he will be discharged in 15 to 20 days. Since it is a government hospital, most of the treatment cost is subsidised. Please do pray for his speedy recovery.

School's renovation is work in progress. The average cost of running the school is ₹5 lakh. We plan to meet Mr Praksh Rao once he is out of the hospital. We will keep you posted about the developments in the coming weeks.

Thanks and Regards
Team Milaap
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for the support and love you have shown towards Mr. Prakash Rao.

We have some important news to share. His school teacher informed us he had to be hospitalized in SCB Medical College and Hospital and is in the ICU care currently.

We then got in touch with his daughter, Priya, and one of the teachers of his school to get an update about his health. We were told he suffered a brain stroke and his left side of the body had been paralysed.

The good news is that he is showing a positive response to the treatment and is recovering. The doctors have also informed that if he recovers at the current pace, he will be discharged in 15 to 20 days. Since it is a government hospital, most of the treatment cost is subsidised. Please do pray for his speedy recovery.

School's renovation is work in progress. The average cost of running the school is ₹5 lakh. We plan to meet Mr Praksh Rao once he is out of the hospital. We will keep you posted about the developments in the coming weeks.

Thanks and Regards
Team Milaap
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Rs.5 raised

Goal: Rs.30,000

Beneficiary: Prakash Rao info_outline

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