22-year-old Jayavel has come a long way from his life on streets of Chennai to studying in Cambridge University. The young boy has become an inspiration not because he his getting to study in Cambridge university, but because the boy’s family has seen harsh times begging. Jayavel came out shining brightest defying all the odds he faced. Jayavel’s family moved to Nellore due to major crop failure in 80’s and the family had to consume to begging on the streets of Chennai. Jayavel accompanied his parents in begging, as that was the only way the family could meet their ends.Also Read - Great Honour: Cambridge University Names its Chemistry Department After Indian Scientist Yusuf Hamied
Times got even tougher for young Jayavel as his mother got addicted to alcohol after his father passed away. Most of the day’s earnings were spent on alcohol by Jayavel’s mother. Things only turned better for Jayavel and he came out of ‘dead end zone’ when he met Uma Muthuraman. Staring at a pavement, Jayavel told “We used to sleep on one such pavement. If it would rain, we would try to find other shelter in any nearby shop until the cops came and chased us out of there.” as quoted on India Today. Also Read - "Poetic Justice" Asif Khosa takes oath as new Chief Justice of Pakistan
Muthuraman and her husband were working on a project depicting life of kids on the streets of Chennai. The couple decided to help Jayavel and took him under his care in 1999. Their NGO, Suyam Charitable Trust took care of providing Jayavel formal and proper education. “Everyone in the school knew about me and my family. As we used to live right on the corner of the school on the pavement but that didn’t make any difference to me. Though I hated to study in the beginning and only wished to play, my attitude changed as I began to see the difference in life of other people and mine and how Uma and Muthuraman were struggling to educate me,” told Jayael to Indai Today. Also Read - Justice Asif Khosa takes oath as new Chief Justice of Pakistan
Jayavel performed brilliantly in 12th standard and his scores made sponsors interested in giving him loan for his higher education without any rate of interest. He got through Cambridge University’s entrance examination and got a seat in Glyndwr University, Wales, the United Kingdom. He pursued studies in ‘Performance Car Enhancement Technology Engineering’, a subject that deals with enhancing performance of race cars.
Muthuraman is proud of Jayavel for it all started with him. Jayavel will be moving to Italy soon for further studies. He is a role model for other kids at NGO. Suyam Charitable Trust borrowed Rs 17 lakh for Jayavel’s studies in London and now Muthuram has arranged another Rs 8 lakh for his studies in Italy. (ALSO READ: Acid attack survivor Reshma Qureshi showed exemplary courage walking the ramp at New York Fashion Week)
Jayavel doesn’t like his mother’s drinking habit and meets her once in a while. He aims to help Muthuraman and support the trust.
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