Change starts from with in- The inspiring story of Nageshwar Rao
“ When I was 10 years old, no one wanted to play with me in school. Children laughed at my leg and they didn’t understand me. Today I can ride a bicycle and a motor bike. I am surrounded by love and support thanks to my family and friends. Inspired by 2014 IAS ( Indian administrative services ) topper Ira Singhal I too want to serve my countrymen, particularly the disabled and handicapped”
Ponnupoina Nageshwar Rao, is physically challenged. He was born with a crippled leg. He is the second of three children and hails from Khambhampadu village, Nuzendla Manda of the Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. Initailly his parents, father Satyanarayana and mother Vijaylaksmi focused on educating his able bodied brothers. This was because they believed that an education would be of no use to Ponnupoina.
The intervention of AIFO , in providing him study materials and funding as well as counselling to his family ensured that Ponnupoina got a chance to pursue his education.
While he was a good student, being a differently abled child brought with it many challenges – loneliness and lack of friends, being misunderstood and always lagging behind.
Ponnupoina’s will to have a normal life saw his teach himself how to ride a bicycle and eventually as an adult even ride a motor bike. This was not an easy task and took him years to master. Ponnupoina, passed his 10th and 12th grade examinations and today is pursuing his second year of a three undergraduate degree in commerce.
His desire is to study hard and become an IAS ( Indian Administrative Services) officer, and serve his country with a particular focus on the needs of the differently abled and handicapped. He is inspired by Ira Singhal , the first handicapped women to top the IAS examination. Ponnupoina, says that it is only because of the support of AIFO, his family and his optimistic outlook that he has achieved so much. He believes anything is possible , and the future is full of possibility.