SunstarTV Bureau: An elderly auto driver’s determination to ensure that his granddaughter should complete her education. Deshraj lost both his sons in a matter of a few years and ended up as the sole breadwinner of his family of seven members. Subsequently, his wife fell sick, draining his resources further, has touched hearts online. In the face of limited resources, 74-year-old Deshraj chose to sell off his house so that he could help the girl pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Through a crowd funding initiative, Rs 24 lakh have now been collected and the cheque handed over to Deshraj.
His story caught people’s attention after he was profiled on Humans of Bombay handle. He said in the post that he sold his house to fund his granddaughter’s education and was living in his auto. His story left thousands of people emotional and led to a fundraiser to help him. While the target was to raise a sum of Rs 20 lakhs, donors exceeded it. A cheque of Rs 24 lakh has now been handed to the 74-year-old man so that he can buy a house.