SINC 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
An 82-year-old rickshaw-puller from Karimganj district, Assam who set up nine schools in Madhurband village of Patharkandi with his personal earnings and featured in the 42nd ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
He could not study because his family was extremely poor and he had to take up pulling rickshaws to run his family. He regretted being uneducated and resolved that he would never allow this “tragedy” to befall any child in his village.
The very first school he established was in 1978. He was able to do this by selling off his land and collecting small amounts of money from the villagers.
Over the course of the last four decades, this octogenarian has established 9 schools – three lower primary schools, five middle schools and a high school in Madhurbond and its adjoining areas. At a time when everyone jumps into philanthropy only to have their name everywhere, Ahmed has just one of the nine schools named after him. That also, because of the insistence of the villagers who urged him to do so.
I began my work by the wish of Allah and achieved some success by means of blessings from locals, said Ali, a school dropout himself
CM Sarbananda Sonowal felicitated Ahmed Ali, a rickshaw puller from Patherkandi in Karimganj, Assam
SINC 2018 Social Hero Awards
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Surti and his assistants raise awareness through posters and pamphlets. He pays for all expenses from his pocket
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