“Every child should get the opportunity to receive quality education”
Uttar Pradesh- Harendra Singh Chauhan, a 13-year-old boy will no longer have to sit on the footpath to buy his school supplies.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav handed him a cheque of Rs. 5 lakh after seeing a Facebook post by a guy named “Vikas Sharda”.
Earlier, Sharda’s post showing a small boy sitting and doing his homework on the footpath had become viral. As a result of this, a teacher offered to help him in his studies.
"I am grateful to the chief minister. However, I do not want any other help as now that my father has got a job, I am confident he will be able to support me and my family," Harendra Singh Chauhan told The Times of India.
He had a weighing scale from which people can check their weight and can give him money for the service.
He told TOI that he wakes up at 6am every day, and then walks 5 kilometres to school. "After school, I study computer operations and at 7 pm I used to go to the Metro station and sit there till 9 pm," he said.
Chauhan lives with his family in Hoshairpur village near Noida's sector 51 and is one of the top students in his class despite all his difficulties.
He has now become an inspiration for many children.