Here is an account of how a poor boy whose struggle to pursue his study has been addressed by the Anakavur Process. This piece has been written by Thangam who helps Mr. Venkatesan who is the local volunteer for Thirumundi Village:
P. Sudhakar is from Thirumundi village and he is studying Grade X in Kizhkovalaivedu high school. He lost his father in the year 2002, while he was studying in the second standard. The family was deprived of its main bread-winner. Thereafter, his elder sister was married off even while she was very young and the other sister was sent away for work in Tirupur. These were done mainly in order to get them some wherewithal to live!
Now, Sudhakar has to do work on farms whenever he gets time off from his school in order to sustain his family. Whenever there is a children’s group meeting, the other members normally fetch him from his farm work. He has been an active member of the group over the last five years. I have found him to be a keen student with a very pleasant disposition and willingness to learn new things. His dire need to do hard labour in order to sustain his family sometimes came in the way of his attending his school and resulting in long absence from school. When Venkat Sir came to know of this predicament of Sudhakar, he immediately lent support by way of sending him for private tuition in order to make up for what he lost by absence from school. I was advised to supervise and support his efforts. When things were getting to fall in line for the pursuit of Sudhakar’s studies, another misfortune struck his family. This time it was in the shape of his younger sister suddenly starting to lose vision, which necessitated his mother to take her to an eye hospital in Chennai for treatment. Now, this again meant another blow to Sudhakar’s studies as he had now to balance the competing demands on his time for doing his household chores, doing his work on farm and attending to his studies! As one would expect, the casualty was his studies!
At this, I consulted Venkat Sir and as advised by him, I met Sudhakar and spoke to him at length. I found that he was hesitant to write the X standard examination particulary for fear of failing in Maths. Therefore, I gave special coaching to him in Maths. He has since written the examinations and is now awaiting the results. When I asked him recently as to how much marks did he expect to score in Maths, prompt came his reply that he would score about 60%! I also feel hopeful of his getting that score! I must admit at this point that Sudhakar has come up to this stage in his studies only due to the encouragement and support that was constantly provided by Venkat Sir during his vicissitudes and I must thank him for that!
Posted: May 28th, 2010