Sometimes life surprises you and you discover the dreams you share are much closer than you think. Meet Rajesh Kumar, a man born and raised in poverty in India, who persevered through dire straits to not only get an education, but move to the United States, earn his MBA and grow up to spend his life helping educate children in India. He found me and bravely shares his life journey with us.
We are proud to share with you the story he submitted below as it was submitted and links to his education project and a video about his efforts. A dream Rajesh proves is always possible. Thank you for sharing your story. – Naima
My name is Rajesh Kumar and this is my story.
A student has to travel miles every day to get better education, which is very costly. Common families rarely see their child’s dream of having a quality education. Families sacrifice even basic necessities to provide a better life and education for their children; their dream is still too far out of reach.
One student among many, Rajesh Kumar, set out to change this trend; he broke through this cycle and completed his high school education. This was a life changing accomplishment and an inspiration for many students. He attended a private high school by sitting in an empty back seat, with the help of the school’s principal.
There were times he did not have winter clothes or even shoes to wear during the cold winter months. As there was no electricity at his house, he studied outside using the street lamp. Even while working as a brick kiln factory worker at the age of 15, his determination was never shaken. After completing his high school education, he went on to finish his professional education. Rajesh is now striving to achieve his second mission in life, which is to build this school so that other families can have the opportunity to see their loved ones receive a good education and become successful.
Rajesh Kumar, though born to an illiterate family, is a technocrat and has worked with leading national and international companies. Despite his lack of resources growing up, he has reached top level jobs. In order to bring excellent education to this village, he started the Takshila Education Project. He always reaches out to education institutes while working in six countries around the globe. He would like to give an opportunity to thousands children who do not have hope. His dream is to provide hope to these children through access to exceptional education.
This is a community project that has contributors from all walks of life who are excited to give this school to the community. We can see the excitement of locals, through their actions. The village has already donated ten acres of land for this cause, which is a major milestone for this project. There are many people, nationally and internationally, who are ready to become part of this mission.