R Selvaraj, at the age of 73 has spent the greater part of his life helping underprivileged children in his locality who cannot afford education. His alms have become a medium for buying stationary, making the lives of few a bit less gloomy. Hailing from Karunanidhi Nagar in Chennai, he begs on busses plying between Madurai and Tirupattur.
Differently abled Selvaraj is an Economics graduate who was forced to leave his job and begging became his only alternative. As an individual who has himself got the higher education, Selvaraj values and understands its importance. Similarly, his awareness advances towards the current situation of our country’s educational system where the poor are unable to afford it for their children. His effort shows his passion for a cause for which he feels strong.
From 1968 Selvaraj has been helping underprivileged children in his small way but it was only after 2006 that he started begging as he was unable to find a job. Every day he goes through numerous rejections but his urge to do something good is what keeps him going. With recent help from social media and some benefactors, Selvaraj is now able to provide more help to his cause and becomes an example in this country where primary education is still neglected.