Mumbai: In a heartwarming development, the Mumbai auto driver who sold his house to fund his granddaughter’s education has received ? 24 lakh in donations through a crowdfunding initiative. Mr Desraj went viral after his heart-wrenching story was shared on social media by ‘Humans of Bombay’.
In his interview, Mr Desraj revealed that after the death of both his sons, the responsibility of taking care of the family fell on his ageing shoulders.”It was the responsibility of my daughters-in-law and their four children that kept me going,” the grieving father revealed.
Mr Desraj began to work longer hours driving his autorickshaw to support his family. The majority of his earnings went into paying the school fee for his grandchildren – which he says was worth it when his granddaughter received 80 per cent in her Class 12 Board Exams.
But when his grand daughter said that she wanted to travel to Delhi for a B.Ed course, Mr Desraj knew he wouldn’t be able to afford it. So, he sold his house to fund her education. “I had to fulfill her dreams… at any cost. So, I sold our house and paid her fee,” he said.
The story of Mr Desraj’s selfless deed touched thousands of hearts after it was shared online. Offers of help poured in from all quarters. His story was also posted on Twitter by the Congress’s Archana Dalmia with an appeal to Mumbai residents to help the auto driver – the post was retweeted by Milind Deora as well.
A Facebook user named Gunjan Ratti started a fundraiser for Mr Desraj, which exceeded its goal of ? 20 lakh.