Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Impossible is Nothing!

This is not an an Adidas ad which speaks of 'Impossible is Nothing' but in reality Raju,24 of Ammagaripalli village of Khammam district is not less than a wonder. About 30 kms away from Bhadrachallam town this village of Ammagaripalli is primarily inhabited by Koya tribe. The Koya is a large tribal community distributed in South Malkangiri of Orissa, South Baster of Chhattisgarh, East Godavari and Khammam districts of Andhra Pradesh in India. As per the 2001 census, out of the total population of Andhra Pradesh 6.6% belongs to Scheduled Tribe(ST) population. The Koyas constitute 11.3% of the total ST population.

Raju ,the son of a farmer in Ammagaripalli also belongs to the Koya tribe.A smart young and energetic Raju is not an ordinary college going chap. He deserves an applause for his dogged determination to gain education despite losing his both hands in an accident occured by electric current while he was in the second standard. The most fascinating activity what Raju does is he writes with his legs.

A student with Economics,Political science and even Telegu as his Modern Indian language subjects wants to become a teacher in his future. “ I don't want to join farming now as my father does ,i want to be economically sound first and then will see to it”, Raju says who has three brothers and one sister after him. Being from a family whose annual income is not more than 8000 Rs. its a great achievement for him to reach such a level.

Raju even operates the computer with his legs. There are around thirty more student in this village who are studying in the colleges of Khammam district. Among the major STs, Yerukulas have reported the highest literacy rate (45.4per cent), followed by the Koya tribe (41.8 per cent).

The son of a farmer who is a beneficiary of Naandi foundation's Lift Irrigation(LI) Scheme in Ammagarapalli village is proud of his son. Naandi's LI schemes in this village is one of the successful initiative in Khammam district. Mainly inhabited by Koyas ,this village will see a ray of hope with the initiative of young bloods like Raju who will stand as a glaring example for those who thinks- 'Impossible is Nothing'.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Kudos to Raju for treading a path of overcoming his disabilities. His story is indeed very motivating.why not capture it in a documentary?Jeevika Asia.. The documentary festival 2009.

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