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Lalrinnungi, who topped Mizoram’s High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination this year, is the daughter of a vegetable-seller in Aizawl
Lalrinnungi, who topped Mizoram’s High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examination this year, is the daughter of a vegetable-seller in Aizawl|EastMojo image
MIZORAM

Indian Australian man offers aid to 2 poor Mizoram Class X toppers

Both the students -- Lalrinnungi, a vegetable seller’s daughter, and Given Lawmnakima Thiak, a farmer’s boy -- secured ranks in the recently-declared state board exam results

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: While the world seems to be covered by a cloud of hypocrisy and malevolence, an act of kindness has once again lit it up. Restoring faith in compassion and empathy, an Indian Australian man has come to the aid of two poor students from Mizoram in the remote northeastern part of India.

The philanthropist, who chose to remain anonymous, has donated a sum of Rs 20,000 each to two bright students -- Lalrinnungi, a vegetable seller’s daughter from Sihphir’s Neihbawi village near Aizawl, and Given Lawmnakima Thiak, a farmer’s boy from Bilkhawthlir village in Kolasib district. Both of them achieved distinction in the recently-declared Class X board exams results.

Lalrinnungi (16), whose thirst for education motivated her to do even petty labour to overcome her financial hurdles, ensured that nothing came in the way between her and her studies
Lalrinnungi (16), whose thirst for education motivated her to do even petty labour to overcome her financial hurdles, ensured that nothing came in the way between her and her studies
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Incidentally, the Good Samaritan happened to the hurdle-laden success stories of the two students earlier this month on EastMojo.

Going through the reports, the Sydney-based engineer decided to help the pupils get a better education, given the fact that they are already bright and hardworking, and some help could get them a shot at better education and life.

 Lalrinnungi selling vegetables with her parents on a Saturday
Lalrinnungi selling vegetables with her parents on a Saturday
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Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga felicitating Lalrinnungi (middle, front row) and others recently
Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga felicitating Lalrinnungi (middle, front row) and others recently
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The philanthropist informed EastMojo’s correspondent about his willingness to help them, and turning his word into reality, he transferred Rs 20,000 each for the two students, to the reporter’s bank account and asked for his help to deliver the gift.

The gift was handed over to the two children in the presence of their parents and St Joseph Higher Secondary School’s principal C Laltlansanga by Mizoram Journalists’ Association (MJA), an umbrella body of all working journalists in the state to which the reporter belongs.

Asked why he found interest in helping the poor children, the Indian Australian philanthropist said he wanted to simply help people, especially the poor children, as he himself was brought up by his poor parents, who were farmers.

Originally hailing from Chennai, the kind-hearted person has been living in Sydney for over 35 years along with his wife and a son, who is already married.

This is not the first instance when the Good Samaritan has helped deserving children get good education. He has also sponsored the education of many school children from Nepal and India till their graduation.

As reported earlier, 16-year-old girl Lalrinnnungi, whose parents earn a living out of selling vegetables on the roadside and rearing pigs, had topped Mizoram’s High School Leaving Certificate examination. She helps her parents and supplements their family’s income by selling vegetables on holidays and vacations to support her education.

15-year-old Given Lawmnakima Thiak (in white T-shirt) being congratulated by neighbours in Mizoram’s Kolasib district after he earned a distinction in the Class X exams
15-year-old Given Lawmnakima Thiak (in white T-shirt) being congratulated by neighbours in Mizoram’s Kolasib district after he earned a distinction in the Class X exams
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Another the story which caught the sympathy of people was the struggle and success story of a 15-year-old boy. Given Lawmnakima Thiak did not give up education despite many hurdles and clinched distinction in the board exams with letter marks in all the subjects.

His parents, David TVL Hmangaiha and Lalzarmawii, earn a living out of jhum cultivation. Given, who is the eldest of nine siblings, used to help his parents. Sometimes, he used to walk up to 3.5 km to his school and could not afford textbooks while studying in Class X.

Both the students are currently studying in Class XI (Science stream) at St Joseph Higher Secondary School in Aizawl. The school principal admitted them free of cost.

Besides, help also poured in for the two students from the state and different parts of the country and even from abroad.