A rickshaw puller named, Ahmad Ali from Karimganj District, Assam has built nine schools ever since he realised the need of education. He says, “”I feel it was Allah’s wish and blessings from locals that I could achieve whatever I wanted.” “I could not attend school due to poverty. People of my village were poor and it pained me to see the children there were not able to attend schools due to the same reason. I don’t want to see dropouts from poor families any more,” he told IANS during a function in Delhi where he was invited as a guest.
For his livelihood, he also transported students to and from their schools.
In Prime Ministers Mann Ki baat he name was also mentioned.
In 1978, Ahmed Ali built the first school in his village, Madhurband. He sold a portion of his land for building the school and donated another portion on which the building stands now. He collected the funds from charity, from his own savings and daily earnings.
To get more rupees he pulled rickshaws at morning and cut the wood at night.
Three lower primary schools, five middle schools and one high school in his village, Madhurband and nearby villages.
“I could only manage to make arrangements for students till Class X. They don’t have a place to study Class XI and XII. I need both the government’s approval and funds for setting up the higher-secondary school,” he said. While hundreds of students take the class 10 exam every year, they don’t have the scope for higher education. “There is no nearby college. The nearest college is also 15 km away. I also want to build a college for students, but that will come at a later stage. First we need a junior college (for students passing Class X),” he added.