A TOUCHING TALE OF TENACITY OF PURPOSE
Reported in today's Malayala Manorama online edition is Priya's
inspiring story. She has arms, but no hands, congenitally. Her
poor parents run a kiosk and a public telephone booth for their
livelihood. At the age of four, Priya insists on being admitted to
the local primary school. There she masters the skill of writing
with her foot. She cannot travel by bus, and therefore, makes it
to school and back home on foot daily. Despite this difficulty,
she perseveres as a day scholar until she passes her Plus Two.
Thereafter, she completes the Bachelor's Degree in History as a
non-collegiate private candidate. She also completes three
certificate courses in computer skills - MS (Office), D.T.P. and
Having failed to find employment anywhere, she registers herself
with the Employment Exchange, but in vain. She follows it up with
appeals, written in her own foot-writing, to the Chief Minister of
Kerala besides the President, the Prime Minister, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
and many others like the local Panchayat President for an employment
opportunity. The appeals have been a cry in the wilderness thus far.
Priya is now 27 years of age. With dwindling income from the kiosk
and the telephone booth, Priya desperately needs a job to make both
ends meet. Her contact address, as reported in the Malayala
Ms. V. Priya,
TVM Dist., Kerala, INDIA.
The question is whether we can individually or collectively provide, as a token of our Christian goodwil, some interim financial assistance until she finds a permanent job. Her ailing parents - Mr. Sasidharan Nair and Mrs. Vasantha - are still alive. Mail-theft being widespread in Kerala, any crossed check or draft must be sent under registered post.
Nakkolackal V. L. Eapen,
Austin, TX. (ID. No. 4160)