Humans of Bombay published a story in February 2021 about an auto rickshaw driver who sold his house to pay for his granddaughter’s education.
Thanks to the kindness and support of strangers on the internet, he now has a roof over his head.
He claimed in an interview with Humans of Bombay (HOB) that providing for his grandchildren and daughters-in-law gave him the strength to keep going despite losing both of his sons.
“My oldest son vanished from home six years ago; he left for work as usual but never returned home,” Desraj explained. His body was found a week later.
Two years later, he lost his other son.
Desraj told his granddaughter that she would be allowed to complete her studies if she questioned whether she would have to drop out. As a result, he began working longer hours, starting at 6 a.m. and driving his auto rickshaw until midnight.
On most days, Desraj says, they don’t have anything to eat.
After his granddaughter expressed an interest in attending a B.Ed programme in Delhi, Desraj realized he would not be able to afford the course on his present income.
I had to fulfill her dreams, no matter what it took. Desraj stayed in Mumbai to work, while his wife, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren stayed with their cousin in their hometown. Every night he slept in his vehicle.
For the future of his granddaughter, he was delighted to make the sacrifice.
“I can’t wait for her to start teaching, so I can tell her, “You’ve made me so proud. Our family’s first graduate will be you” he said.
Desraj’s narrative on social media moved many people. A campaign online raised a total of 24 Lahk ($32,000 USD) for him.
In an update, Humans of Bombay noted that Desraj Ji now has a roof over his head and can educate his granddaughter thanks to your love and support.
“Thank you for reinforcing our faith in mankind and goodwill. “”””