Nominated Literacy Heroes

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D Prakash Rao


Recommended By : Jayashree Mohanty
Name : D Prakash Rao

Address : Buxi Bazaar, Pension Lane

State : ORISSA

Place : Bhubaneswar

City : Cuttack

Sex : male

Date of Birth : 11/11/1958

Mobile : 9937011857

Email : dprakashrao1958@gmail.com

Educational Qualification : Class XI

Work in field of literacy : 13 yrs back, D. Prakash Rao, a tea stall owner took up his life mission, Asha Aswasana i.e. Hope in Cuttack, Odisha. He was appalled to see slum children being pushed into crime and becoming drug addicts and alcoholics. Seeking education to be the only solution, he used his small two room dwelling and started classes. Despite stiff opposition and ridicule from his family and neighbours, his wife also left him. This lone crusader went on and more and more children started attending this school. . The parents, earlier sceptical, started supporting the cause. In 2004, seeing 25 students in classes I to III, a Local club came forward and built the one-hall school in the slum. This school today has more than 100 students upto standard V who are taught by four teachers beside him. Out of the 380 students, eight students of his school have passed their matriculation and Rao has facilitated college admissions for them. Rao believes Education has brought the transformation in their lives.

No of Beneficiaries : 380 families

Social Impact : The impact has been the change that the Rao school brought in the people of the slum . There has been a complete societal and behavioral transformation among the residents, comprising families of rickshaw pullers, daily wage earners and municipal drain workers. The by lanes of Telugu Sahi at Buxi Bazaar in Cuttack have undergone a radical transformation in the past decade. Once a den of criminals, antisocial elements, alcohol, They have become more responsible towards themselves, their families and children. Rao encourages his students to participate in extra-curricular activities. A Mahesh Rao, a former student, has now become an ace windsurfer, winning medals in national competitions, while Renuka has excelled in dance and reached the semi finals of “Star of Odisha” a reality TV dance show. Many like Laxmi, recently adjudged the best student, 10-year-old girl was once addicted to sniffing liquid adhesives to name a few. Children are bright and willing to reach the sky.

Fund Outlay : 2-3 lakhs per Annum

The challenge of arranging funds is being met : Rao bore all expenses for the school—from paying salaries to teachers to providing uniforms, text books and even food to the children—from the meager 20,000 a month that he made from the tea stall at Buxi Bazaar Square. The school starts with children lining up for their daily cup of milk and cream. The district administration brought the school under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan this April 2015 and provisioned midday meal along with uniforms and text books for students. Sometimes some generous people help through donations. But the real challenge for the further education and skill development is largely unprovided for the eager children, he has created with constant coaching and love.

This Award is going to impact the work in future : His consistent years of work and love for his community has given him lots of peace. However this award can create a big example to the society that a man of small means but a great idea and heart can make such a change to the community near him. The poor slum children who are meritorious are facing a lot of trouble to pursue higher education. Many persons including Rotary clubs and foundation will come forward with various help, which he can utilize to create bigger impacts of skilling the students. When he started this service, his wife left him, only to now reunite with him after 13 years on realizing the change he has done over the years. He spends 3-4 hours in SCB Hospital facilitating needy patients, arranges blood, ice cubes, free ambulance Seva for destitute patients. He has shown a big example of how a social menace of slums can be changed about with loving care and education. The young bright minds he has developed needs to be skilled to adopt livelihood options.

Blood relative a member of 'Rotary Club': No

Whether received any major State/National/International recognitions or award/s earlier : No

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