The Mumbai auto driver who lost his house by selling it to finance the schooling of his granddaughter earned Rs. 24 lakh in donations via a crowdfunding initiative in an inspirational creation.
After his heart-wrenching tale was posted by ‘Humans of Bombay‘ on social media, Mr. Desraj made headlines and got viral on social media platforms. Mr. Desraj stated in his interview that the burden of taking care of the children and family responsibilities fell on his aged shoulders after both of his sons passed away.
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The grieving father revealed from Mumbai and said that “It was the responsibility of my daughters-in-law and their four children that kept me going”.
Mr. Desraj started working longer hours to support his family by driving his autorickshaw. The bulk of his money went into paying his grandchildren’s school fees, which he says was worth spending when his granddaughter secured 80% in her Class 12 Board Exams.
But when his granddaughter said she wished to go to Delhi for a B.Ed course, Mr. Desraj in Mumbai realized that he wasn’t expecting to be able to afford it. So, to finance her education, he sold his home.”I had to fulfill her dreams… at any cost. So, I sold our house and paid her fee,” he said.
After it was put online, the story of Mr. Desraj’s unselfish act touched loads of hearts. From all directions, offers of support poured in. His tale was also posted by Archana Dalmia of Congress on Twitter with a request to Mumbai people to assist the driver of the car – Milind Deora also retweeted the message.
For Mr. Desraj, a Facebook user named Gunjan Ratti started a fundraiser, which exceeded his target of 20 lakh.
Now, an update posted by Humans of Bombay has revealed that thanks to the crowdfunding project, Mr. Desraj got a cheque for Rs. 24 lakh.
The page posted a video on Monday where Mr. Desraj has received a cheque for ₹ 24 lakh with a happy face and thanking his supporters for the love they showed to him.
“The support Desraj Ji has received is immense! Because you all went out of your way to help him, he now has a roof over his head, and will be able to educate his granddaughter!” Humans of Bombay wrote while sharing the video.
“Heartwarming,” commented a follower in the comment section of the post.
“This makes me so happy. Thank you to everyone who helped him,” another person from Mumbai said.