This incredible story is about a father’s love for his children. It shows the lengths a parent will go to nurture these young minds and allow them every opportunity to grow and thrive.
He Only Wishes For A Road
For Jalandhar Nayak, 45, the path wasn’t so easy to see and push through. But with determination, faith, and extreme love, the father of three boys figured out a way for his sons to come home again.
“All I want is a road,” he said, and he made one in his village called Orissa. It is located on the eastern coast of India’s Bay of Bengal. The remote village is dotted with tribal cultures and ancient Hindu temples.
10KM To Freedom And Progress
Orissa lacks the everyday trappings of a modern world that most people in their communities take for granted. For example, there is no running water or electricity in Nayak’s village. When it comes to education, the journey is literally a very long one indeed.
Nayak’s three sons have to attend school in another town 10 kilometers away or 6.21 miles. Because of the distance, he and his boys live apart. The kids stay in the town where the residential school is located.
Imagine for a moment, getting out of school each day and having to make a three-mile journey back home as you climb across five hills.
That means the family is separated, and for Nayak, that is unacceptable, so he decided to build a road.
With No Fancy Tools Available
Every morning for the past two years, Nayak would carve a path of his own in a painstaking process of cutting through boulders and stones with only a pickaxe and crowbar.
It was extremely taxing for him alone as he spent some eight hours daily to create a road that didn’t exist. He kept going in all kinds of heat and weather because he was on an important mission. Soon, news reporters found out about Jalandhar Nayak’s journey.
He told the media that he was carving a path for his boys. This way, they could reunite with the family and return home more frequently on weekends or holidays when the road was finished.
Nayak had made tremendous progress by completing about 8 kilometers, and soon, there was great news announced by local Indian officials.
They would finish the amazing job that Nayak had started by adding another 7 kilometers for a road that would span 15 kilometers.
Worth Every Step And Cut He Made
All of Nayak’s fine work is also coming back to him in fruitful ways. Government authorities say that their construction crews will build a full road that connects the village of Orissa with the town where the school is located.
Nayak will also be rewarded with payment for the time and effort he put into carving out the road. When asked how he felt about the recent announcement, he smiled and said, “extremely happy.”
Now, he has approached local officials about bringing much-needed water and electricity to his village.
With a pickaxe, crowbar, and pure perseverance, Jalandhar Nayak has changed his tiny corner of the world for the better and for the future of his three sons.