❝ A few days ago I called an auto-rickshaw and told him about my destination he said, 250 Rs. I told him that was too much. As I was walking away he called me again and said, “Chotay Bhai, Aap pehli sawaari ho maa bemaar hai 230 kerlo”. I was fasting and couldn’t see another Rickshaw so I agreed.
That Driver kept mentioning his mother’s condition and told me how doctors refused to continue his mother’s treatment because he hadn’t any money. I have seen people asking for money by involving their parents sickness.
I knew he was going to ask me to help him for her mother’s treatment, but he didn’t. He only said, “Beta meri Maa ke liye zaroor dua kerna pta nahi kiski dua qabool hojaye aur meri maa bach jaye 2 mahinay pehlay meray walid ka intiqaal hogaya hai ab maa bhi chali gae to main aur meri behan akelay reh jayengay” (son, please pray for my mother. Who knows whose prayers would be accepted and my mother would be cured. 2 months ago my father passed away. If my mother also passes away then my sister and I will be left alone). He kept asking me to make dua for her mother. He was desperate. Later on he got a call and his sister told him that their mother passed away.
“Inna Lillah Wa Inna Ilahi Rajioon”
“Main bas sawari utaar k aya”
He told me his mother just passed away and he had to go to hospital but first he will drop me on my location.
I was stunned, I couldn’t speak. I made my mind that I would pray for his mother in Maghrib I even prayed for his mother in rickshaw. He was calm, tears rolled down his eyes as he said “Jo Allah ko Manzoor, lekin ab hum dono behan bhai kya keraingay”I gathered my senses and told him to drop me here I will take another rickshaw but he refused and dropped me on agreed location.
When I gave him 230 he gave 30 back to me and said Maa k liye Zidd ker raha tha ab wo nae rahi to aap ko naraaz nae kerna 200 hi dedo ❞
Retiring after spending 32 years in the Indian Army, Col Chris Rego is helping change the destinies of hundreds of children in conflict-affected North East India through his “White Bullets” initiative. With this initiative, he hopes to bring peace and progress to communities across North East India.
Luminouswanted to bring out the Colonel’s story to the world to inspire and motivate others as it believes that education is a strong tool to empower women. It is supporting Col Rego’s cause through an initiative called #Luminaries – the brave people who stand up for causes like girl child education and make a difference in the society.
Col Rego’s journey started over a decade ago in Manipur when a tribal woman knocked on his door pleading for support for her daughter’s education. Touched by the woman’s story, Col Rego and his wife delved into their savings and arranged for the money for the girl’s education. Two years down the line, the woman returned, this time with a small pumpkin and a shawl that she had knitted, and all the money she had borrowed. Moved and realizing that their money could make lives rather than earn paltry interest, Col and Mrs. Rego embarked on a journey to arrange for sponsorship of many more underprivileged children.
Retiring from the Army, Col Rego took over as CEO of Sunbird Trust, a not-for-profit organization which he founded in 2014. The Trust now sponsor over 1,000 children in 21 locations acrossNorth East India. The centre of Sunbird Trust’s activities is at beautiful Ijeirong, Manipur.
Recognizing Col Chris’s immense work, Luminousacknowledged him as their first Luminary. Through this, they hope to bring more power to his elbow in the notable work he is doing. The Luminousteam travelled to remote Ijeirong village and installed solar products. These solar products will help in providing power to the entire campus 24/7 for the very first time.
The Logical Indian salutes Col Christopher Rego for his untiring efforts and leadership. His efforts are already having a cascading effect on people from across India joining the “White Bullets” endeavour. Quite amazingly, education, in itself so empowering, is merely a means to PEACE. We hope the path illuminated by #Luminary Col Rego and his Sunbird Trust team acts as a beacon for others to follow.
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