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Collector Gifts Motorboat To Girls Who Had To Row Tin-Drum Rafts To Reach School

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Getting a school education was synonymous to an endless struggle for the children of Rahata, a remote village in Balod, Chattisgarh, located about 120 km away from Raipur. The nearest school is situated on the opposite bank of the Kharkhara Dam reservoir, with no connecting roadway in between. Every day, they had to row across the dam in makeshift boats made out of tin barrels and return the same way. In fact, these small tin-drum rafts served to be the main mode of communication between Rahata village and the outside world. But, not anymore. Balod district collector Kiran Kaushal, known for her humanitarian nature, gifted a motorboat, a set of life jackets and allotted two home guards to the village on Tuesday, reported The Times Of India. The motorboat service is especially meant for young schoolgirls.


Parents built rafts out of oil tins for their kids

Parents in Rahata had never known any alternative but to fashion rafts from empty tin drums, wood and ropes, for sending their kids to school. The children would row for hours in these one-person rafts across the wide dam.

When the news of their plight reached collector Kiran Kaushal, she made no delay in doing an on-ground inspection. On Monday, January 7, she visited Rahata with her team and interacted with the villagers. The villagers told her that every day they have to cross the Kharkhara Dam reservoir on tin-drum rafts to buy groceries and daily-use items from the neighbouring Arajpuri village. “We provided them with a motorboat and two home guards, who will help the girls and villagers cross the river safely. They have been given life jackets,” she shared with The Times Of India.

Schoolgirls Preeti, Shanti and Poonam were overjoyed to find a brand new motorboat and two home guard uncles waiting to escort them at the bank, in the place where they had anchored their rafts. Kaushal met them and waved them off as they rode the motorboat with broad grins on their faces.


Fibreglass boats are on their way

However, the seniors in the village admitted to Kaushal that they would not be able to maintain a motorboat with their paltry savings, and appealed for a normal rowboat instead. Kaushal has decided to agree to their request and placed order for a bunch of fibreglass boats. Till the time the fibreglass boats make their way to the villagers, the motorboat will be operational, with all expenses covered by the administration.

Efforts For Good applauds the amazing endeavour shown by Balod collector Kiran Kaushal and hopes she brings forth more smiles everyday.


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