Meet Akshara Santa, An Orange Vendor Who Spent His Lifetime Savings To Build A School
February 12th, 2016
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Harekala Hajabba is an orange vendor in the city of Mangalore, Karnataka, and a well-known social reformer. He is known for the revolution he has brought in rural education within his state. He kept part of his savings from selling oranges, to start a school in the region he came from so that the children there could get educated. Today, the school, which has grown with government support and donations from private individuals, is known as Hajabba School. He is affectionately known as ‘ Akshara Santa’ (The saint of letters) in Mangalore city.
Daily, he takes a trip of 25 km to Mangaluru city from his native place Newpadupu village to sell oranges. Once he encountered a foreign couple, who asked him the prices of oranges Hajaba turned numb and felt embarrassed as he was not able to understand their language. This Incident affected Hajaba very emotionally and he pledged to put forth a primary school for the children of his village to educate them as he himself was not educated.
Further, Hajaba worked diligently to upgrade the school to high school in June 2011 and in June 2014, the dream came true as ‘Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary School’. The high school came into force as a result of government support and funding from some private individuals.