A resident of Amboori village in the Thiruvananthapuram district, Ushakumari undertakes a treacherous journey through steep hills and forests every day, all to provide education to a group of tribal children. Ushakumari’s daily journey to the school, begins at 7.30 in the morning, as she rides on her scooter to travel till Kumbikkal Kadavu. From there, she rows a boat to reach the shore across and begins another long trek.
After a couple of kilometres, the road to her destination goes steeper into the hilly tropical forest area which known to be inhabited by wild elephants and leopards. With the support of a stick, she carries on, often accompanied by her students who join her along the way to the school located near the Kanni tribal settlement in Kunnathumala.
The school, Agasthya Ega Adhyapaka Vidyalaya, is located atop the hills within the area of the Agasthyarkoodam, which is a 1,868-metre (6,129 ft)-tall peak in the Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala.
Despite the 2-hour-long journey through such difficult terrain, Ushakumari has never been late to school in the last 16 years, reports the Hindu.
For her exemplary work and commitment, Ushakumari has won several accolades including the Saksharatha Puraskaram from KANFED (Kerala Association for Nonformal Education and Development), but her true reward, she says, will be when her students graduate with flying colours and build a career for themselves.
Until then, she will continue to cross rivers and trek through mountains to bring about true change!
Source: TheBetterIndia - 46 minutes ago