Flowers last a week, learning is a lifelong gift #HelpMithuSaveSchool
How far would you go to save something that you loved? Let me tell you a story. This is the story of a boy, named Mithu Mandal. Mithu is a very ordinary person with just some extraordinary skills that make him what he is today. So hold back, while I share the story with you!
When Mithu Mandal was 3 years old, he lost his legs due to polio. He was never a bright student and never really had any keen interest in studying. As a teenager, he walked into Project WHY. A teacher at the organisation suggested Mithu that he should go there and resume his studies which he had long back abandoned. But did you think it was that easy!
Project WHY tried their best to get him to take his Xth boards, but instead, he was enamoured by the computer in the same room. He spent most of his time on the computer and soon the organisation and Mithu realised that it was the computer that made him happy. In turn, he became the star teacher everyone looks up to at the Okhla Center of the organisation. Whatever he does and from the fact where he has come from he makes an incredible computer teacher.
Despite his disability, he has never let that hinder him. He puts his disability behind and believes in ‘joie de vivre’. He is very much like you and me and the others who love to crack jokes, laugh and play. He loves to play football and rides on a scooter which has been customised to his needs by his brother. If you happen to meet him, he may tell you a joke or two and also offer you a ride home.
When Anou, offered him a wheelchair, he refused to take it and politely told her, “let me stand on my two feet.” He is so humble that he does not mind sitting on the ground while teaching his students who are sitting on chairs. But mind you, he has total command over his class even though he may be sitting on the floor.
Don’t you feel like meeting Mithu? Well, after reading and writing about him I certainly feel like meeting him. His zest for life and charms definitely gives a ringing. Here I have been so privileged and without a disability … but still, I don’t bring out the best in me. He is a classic example of a person who gives a stiff competition to the way life treats him and in turn, turns out to be stronger and much happier.
Yet again, life has another challenge for Mithu. The centre he teaches at is out of funds and might shut down soon. This will not only leave Mithu jobless but also homeless.
Here is why we should help Mithu:
Computer education has changed Mithu’s life, and he’s passing on his expertise to others who are gaining the skills essential at a modern workplace.
The teachers Mithu Mandal, Pushpa Kumar, Sophiya Tirkey, Naresh Bhardwaj belong to the underprivileged community, so when you donate towards their salaries, you’re directly donating to the community and not a non-profit overhead. Over the coming weeks, we will be sharing their stories, each just as inspiring and full of spirit as Mithu’s.
Children gaining secondary education at the centre will be going in for higher education and staying away from life on the streets.
The laptop will be given to Mithu. This will enable him to take courses, which he will use to improve his teaching curriculum.
Because it makes that little difference, so let us help Mithu by saving his school and the pride he has as a teacher. There is a fundraiser for Mithu, where you and your friends can donate whatever amount you wish. A little act of kindness from your end can help not only Mithu but also the other teachers and children at Project WHY Okhla Education Centre.
CLICK here to find the #HelpMithuSaveSchool fundraiser
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu
For every dark, negative story out there, there is a positive, heartwarming story that will add some light and lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Sylvia McGrath, Peter Nena, Shilpa Garg, Inderpreet Uppal, and Belinda Witzenhausen. To learn more about #WATWB or to join us click here!