Thursday, May 8, 2008

Award for brave soul

The New Indian Express, May 8, 2008

BHAWANIPATNA: Shyam Sundar Jal has dedicated his life to bringing love and hope to kids, who otherwise could have been forgotten.

Shyam, a resident of Gambhariguda village here, has dedicated himself for providing orphans with a secured future. Despite being a poor Dalit and struggling to make both ends meet, Shyam runs an orphanage in his house at Gambhariguda village.

The orphanage shelters 44 orphans. And it is for this dedication of his that he was recently awarded the National Bravery Award for social act of courage from Godfrey Phillips at Hyderabad. Besides, he received a cash prize of Rs 50,000.

Shyam’s story had first appeared in this paper and he was shortlisted by Godfrey Phillips for the award.

"I had never dreamt of getting national-level recognition for the work that I do for these little children," Shyam said.

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