Amazing Indians:S Ramakrishnan , Kallen Pokudan & Saima Hasan – Ep 7

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A near fatal accident when he was all of 20 left S.Ramakrishnan paralyzed, but this could not crush his spirit. Even after being bound to a wheelchair with a dysfunctional body, he didn’t deviate from his mission – that of helping differently abled people in every way possible. He started with a school for specially-abled children on a piece of land gifted by his parents, with five students under a thatched shed. He also launched health awareness camps in the villages and started gaining recognition among the locals. And today after several decades of dedicated service Amar Seva Sangam, founded by Ramakrishnan has embraced 330 villages in four blocks of Tirunelveli District and has rehabilitated, empowered and transformed the lives of lakhs of people with physical and mental impairment.

Even before the environmental scientists could find a way to preserve the wetlands and the eco system, this man way ahead of his times decided to take up the cause. Kallen Pokkudan, going against the tide planted seedlings over marshy lands and river banks. The 300-odd seedlings that he planted more than 20 years ago have now grown into a forest, making it a small ecosystem of its own with birds, turtles and fishes. Over the years, he has planted over one lakh mangroves in different parts of the state and also in other parts of the country. Today his mission is a part of research by many people who discovered that mangroves could save the land from natural disasters like tsunami. Kallen Pokkudan is an incredible Indian who has brought about a much needed eco-revolution.

Saima Hasan graduated from Stanford University with a political science degree in 2008. At 21, this young girl quit her lucrative job in the U.S. and came back to India to start Roshni Academy; an academy that would transform the lives of underprivileged girls in the National Capital. Saima and her team identify, train, and mentor girls from low-socio economic communities and empower them to stand on their feet. By cultivating confidence, critical thinking and general life skills, the program empowers young girls to create opportunities for themselves and reach their highest potential. Saima Hasan has sparked a ray of hope in the lives of thousands of girls by helping them become independent and self reliant!

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