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Apr 19, 2018

"Education is not a tool for development-- individual, community, and the nation. It is the foundation for our future. It is empowerment to make choices and emboldens the youth to chase their dreams." --Nita Ambani

A World Where All the Gazi's Go to School

Gazi Jalaluddin has a clear vision: a world where no "Gazi" has to stop going to school. Poverty forced him to quit school as a child. He ultimately became a taxi driver in Kolcalata. By asking passengers to donate books, old clothes or medicine, he has helped many children return to their studies. By 2012, Gazi had also created two schools for 425 students and built an orphanage. Gazi's belief in the dignity of work pushed him to teach the young men of his village to drive taxis under the condition they donate a fraction of their earnings and teach two more needy boys. There are now 300 boys from the Sundarbans driving taxis and earning a living in Kolkata. Gazi admits that sometimes he struggles, but he is quick to express his gratitude to the passengers who have helped him achieve his dream.

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