Disability not a hurdle to serve others
Twelve-year-old visually challenged school goer Anvesh sees this world through humanity. His effort sets an example that one doesn’t necessarily be a...
12-year-old visually challenged boy sets up ‘chalivendram’ with his own money
Warangal: Twelve-year-old visually challenged school goer Anvesh sees this world through humanity. His effort sets an example that one doesn’t necessarily be a wealthy person to serve mankind. His disability is not a deterrent to pursue his dream of serving mankind. He set up a ‘chalivendram’ (drinking water point) with the Rs 1,500 pension a month that he gets from the government, at the busy KU junction and quenching the thirst of passersby.
Rudraksha Anvesh, the only son of Padma and Venkatesh of Desaipet in the city, is blind by birth and studying Class VII at the Carmel High School in Elkathurthi mandal headquarters, 17 km from Hanamkonda. His family ekes out a livelihood by selling earthen pots on the roadside adjacent to SDLCE (Kakatiya University Campus).
Not wasting his summer vacation, Anvesh, who was helping his family members in their pots business came to know through his sister Harini that an old woman was collapsed near their shop due to sunstroke a few days ago. “Immediately, I asked my mother to set up a chalivendram to quench the thirst of passersby as there was no drinking water facility in the near vicinity,” Anvesh said, explaining the drinking water problems in the region.
He convinced his mother to spend his monthly pension for the cause when she hesitated about the finances to purchase water and for erecting a temporary shelter to serve water. In a couple of days, a bamboo frame hut came up at the KU Junction with Anvesh sitting in it serving water to people while his family looking after their pots business.
Speaking to The Hans India on Saturday, Anvesh said, “I would like to be in a position to help others, especially poor and old people, when I grow up.” Revealing his love towards cricket, he said he has no problem despite his inability to see this world. MLA Vinay Bhaskar, KU inspector Ali and Sub-Inspector Ashok, who visited the chalivendram, appreciated Anvesh for his yeoman service. It’s learnt they even lent some kind of monetary help to the boy. We can understand the value of a glass of water in a hot summer at a place where people have no free source to quench their thirst and this boy’s initiative is really appreciable.