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  • Nakkolackal V. L. Eapen
    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,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2009

      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 
      Manorama, is: 
      Ms. V. Priya,
      Priyanivas,  Pulimoodu,
      Uzhamalackal Village,
      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)
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