19 May 2017
Bhubaneswar: Generosity is indeed a rare quality. But those who have it don’t let their own problems come in their way while serving others. In a society where charity is often attributed to PR exercises and photo opportunities, there are people who just do good work without bragging. Sixty-eight-year-old differently-abled man from Gujarat, Khimjibhai Prajapti is one of them.
Khimjibhai, who has been begging all his life for his living at the door steps of various temples in Mehsana, donates most of his income to the needy.
Living a meagre life along with his wife, Khimjibhai has restricted his spending to his and his wife’s food and medical expences and donates rest of his income.
He educates girls belonging to poor families. From giving them books, pens and notebooks at schools to distributing gifts like gold earrings and uniforms he does whatever he can to promote education among under privileged girls.
Recognising his work, Rotary Club of India felicitated with the Literacy Hero Award this year. The award, carrying a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh is given to 5 social workers every year for their philanthropic activities. But Khimjibhai is the only person to get this award who lives on charity himself.
Speaking to a journalist at the event Prajapati said, “I feel satisfied when I give something to the needy. I don’t count my good deeds or try to get recognition for my work. I do it for myself.”
He is extremely excited after receiving the award, he says he has never stepped out of Mehsana and was both happy and nervous about the attention he was getting.
“I earnestly hope that every child will be educated one day. The youth should be empowered through education and everyone should be happy in his life,” he said.