166th beneficiary of help (Livelihood bicycle)
“… those who dare to etch their dreams in the sky, share them with others, even a stranger like me, are really showing the courage and faith that their dream will come true.”
Rakesh Gawde (27)
Newspaper delivery and Electrician
Rakesh lives at Khar East, Mumbai. They have a joint- family house at Malwani, Sindhudurgh. He delivers newspaper early mornings, and works as an Electrician in the day with his uncle who has employed him.
Rakesh’s father, once a security guard, watchman, suffered paralysis (because of acute diabetes) three years ago. He can no longer do any job and is home-bound.
Rakesh is educated till higher secondary, HSC, twelfth standard. His mother works as a house help. His father can move around, but is unable to work productively.
Rakesh has two brothers. His elder brother is an accountant, and his younger an ‘office-boy’, peon. I thought, he seemed a bit embarrassed, speaking about his younger brother’s profession of being ‘just an office-boy’. All four members are working to support their family, a matter of pride I thought, in a nation where those below the poverty line amount to as many stars as we can count in the sky on a crystal clear cloudless summer night.
Rakesh has done an electrician’s diploma course, and has been working with his uncle. His uncle is not giving him a raise. I advised him to leave his uncle asap, and become independent. This new cycle being donated to him will help him commute for work without expense, and make him independent of his uncle too. He agreed.
We can only hope, that by giving him a bicycle, for which he voluntarily contributed nearly half the cost, it will hereafter share his livelihood burden. Because working with his uncle, and delivering newspapers, will not help stretch his hands towards his dream.
His dream – to help his father recover from the paralysis completely, and his mother should no longer have to work at someone’s home.
Dreams are about the yearnings that are held deep inside us. Some of these desires are so secret that we dare not share them even with our closest friends. Or with a stranger like me.
And those who dare to etch their dreams in the sky, share them with others, even a stranger like me, are really showing the courage and faith that their dream will come true.
Thank you Laxmikant Kshirsagar for purchasing this bicycle for Rakesh. Rakesh contributed nearly half its cost.
Thank you to Kohinoor Cycles (http://kohinoorcyclestores.blogspot.com/) Siddharth Vora (https://www.facebook.com/siddharth.vora.58?fref=ts) for the good service.
Beneficiaries of help: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.357090647765413&type=1