40 Kilometers from Jaipur there is Acharol village where live a 75 year-old-lady Ratani Devi and her young disabled son Tilak Her husband is 80 years old so he can’t work to earn for the family.
Their vision has faded, shedding tears on their situation.
It has been one and half years living in the dark as the electricity supply has been cut off because they could not pay the bill. They used to get 1750 Rs. as old age pension to survive but it has been blocked for the last four months.
They ask the postman every day if they have got the pension, but he responds the same way every time- that he did not receive anything for them.
Kheduram, her husband is the head of the family. He wakes up early at 5 in the morning and cooks food for all. During night they can’t see properly so they cook dinner in the day time itself. Old age and sickness have forced him to stay at home.
Her son Tilak can’t help them anyway, he wants to see them before his eyes all the time so he cries loudly if they go anywhere out of his sight.
After the story got published on social media, the family is already being helped.
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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