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April 1, 2016

His deeds make this beggar the man with the richest heart

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This Tuesday, as was the custom, people waited at Mehsana’s Magpara School’s Anganwadi  for Khimjibhai to arrive. It won’t be an overstatement to say he is an icon in the streets of Mehsana, Gujarat. Every year, KhimjiBhai donates either books or uniforms to underprivileged girls in a bid to encourage
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This Tuesday, as was the custom, people waited at Mehsana’s Magpara School’s Anganwadi  for Khimjibhai to arrive. It won’t be an overstatement to say he is an icon in the streets of Mehsana, Gujarat. Every year, KhimjiBhai donates either books or uniforms to underprivileged girls in a bid to encourage girls’ education.

However, Khimjibhai Prajapathi (68 years old) known for his benevolence astounded everyone this time when he produced ten boxes of gold earrings for the girls, bought from the money he had gathered by begging outside temples in Mehsana.

The Anganwadi selected ten girls, children of daily wage workers and blacksmiths, after Khimjibhai informed the authorities about his donation.
“We struggle to meet monthly expenses. We never even dreamt of getting gold,” quoted Kumud Luhariya, one of the happy parents as her daughter received gold earrings.

Deepak Shah, the jeweler discounted Khimjibhai for Rs.3000 after he learnt that the jewellery was being bought for a noble cause. Khimjibhai has spent nearly all his income, upto 80,000 in the past few years paying school fees, buying uniforms, books etc. for poor girls.

Girls need to be encouraged to study. They must become self-reliant and stand on their feet. The situation in Mehsana is not good. There are very less girls compared to boys and this is the reason why I try to encourage them with such incentives,” said Prajapati and returned to his usual spot for begging after emptying his pockets for others benefits.

Who can say the world is devoid of humanity till we have people like Khimjibhai who prove that being rich is not about money but much greater than that.

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