D Prakash Rao, a tea seller based in Cuttack of Odisha, has now garnered the attention and praise of former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman for his widely appreciated social works and mentoring slum kids in the State.
The Hyderabad-born batsman showered praises on Prakash Rao on Twitter by saluting his thoughts, passion and selfless act of educating slum kids for free of cost by opening a school in Cuttack.
Unable to complete his studies because of financial difficulties, Prakash Rao now lives his dream through children living in slums, who do not have money to pay their school fees. He sells tea for a living in Cuttack and uses the money to educate 70-75 slum children. Hats off 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/DPaZpWt2Uk
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 25, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Prakash Rao during his visit to the State in May this year and also lauded him during the 44th edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio programme.
Rao provides basic level education – from kindergarten to class III for the poor kids at the school and later helps them to get enrolled in various government schools.
At present, Rao takes care of around 70-75 students by providing them free meals and medicines. Rao, who was unable to complete his schooling due to financial issues, had been selling tea in Cuttack for the last 54 years.