- Harekala Hajabba, a fruit seller, has received one of the biggest prizes in India for helping children get an education
- With his very meagre savings from hawking fruits, he was able to set up a school for 28 kids in his village in 2000
- Hajabba saw the need for good education during an encounter that left him in want of how to communicate in the English language
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An Indian orange seller, Harekala Hajabba, has been rewarded by the government for his effort in helping to educate children in his village.
According to New18, he was given an honorary Padma Shri Award, an honour that is thought of as one of the biggest in the country.
An interesting thing worthy of note is that the fruit seller, who comes from a village called Newpadapu around Mangalore, has no formal education at all.
The news was first shared by a Twitter user who goes by the name Parveen Kaswan. He said the news about the award reached the fruit seller when he was standing “in a line on a rotation shop when authorities informed”.
Having suffered due to his inability to communicate in the English language, he took it on himself to help children in his village learn the language.
His village was only able to get a school in 2000 after he had scraped together his savings to build one.
With an income of around R30 daily, Hajabba did not have much help. His determination to ensure education, however, helped him to set up a school with 28 students.
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