Help Manoj, a Dalit Student from India, Come to the US

Help Manoj, a Dalit Student from India, Come to the US

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From Aaron Danowski

Help Manoj Prabhakaran, a bright 22 year old student from Chennai, India become the first Adi-Andhra (Dalit) student to study in the US! Support Manoj and help uplift his community!

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My name is Aaron Danowski, I'm a sophomore at Gonzaga University, and I met Manoj when I was in Chennai, India last summer. I've been working with him the past several months to apply for the Masters in Organizational Leadership Program at Gonzaga University, and yesterday we found out Manoj has been accepted! Now we need your help to fund Manoj's trip and first semester of school until he gets a job and becomes self sufficient. You can read Manoj's story in his own words below, and please consider donating to help make Manoj's dream possible!

My name is MANOJ PRABHAKARAN, I am from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Southern part of India and I am applying to take part in the master’s degree in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. My participation in this program will be a great step ahead towards making major contributions to my community, the Adi–Andhra sub-caste, the lowest subcaste of the lowest caste (Dalits) in Indian society, because what is desperately needed is social change and economic development for their enhancement in the social ladder.

In my home country my community people are facing discrimination, atrocities and do menial jobs such as cleaning human waste from the streets, dry latrines and manholes. I would be the first student from my community to study in United States, and for this reason my participation in the program would be milestone. Gonzaga’s organizational leadership program will definitely help me to become a strong and vibrant servant leader to change the lives of Adi-Andhras and the other Dalit and the poor who are oppressed people to think about a caste free society.

My family background taught me to survive in any situation. My father drank lot of alcohol, spent lots of money on cigarettes, and my family members only used to eat one meal in day. My mom decided to go for job as toilet cleaner since there is no support from my father and my elder sister and brother dropped their studies to work. After few years we all grown up and my elder sister got married and died at the age 23, leaving behind two sons. I and my younger sister many days use to go school without food but somehow we survived. I underwent a lot of psychological distress, but I never gave up and I worked hard to achieve in my education. Suddenly one day my father died, though is a alcoholic I love him a lot because he my father.

My intention to become a servant leader has emerged within me after a tragic incident happened in my own sister’s life - My sister has been assaulted by four Rogues in the early morning when she was going to school. It has been published in the daily newspapers and police investigation was held but my sister does not receive any justice. She was hospitalized for 2.5 years and become a physically challenged person and later recovered from her pains and now studying Bachelor of Social Work in Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. 

Like my sister, Adi – Andhras people are still oppressed and facing such, atrocities and injustice in my society. This has motivated me to study organizational leadership in order to became a servant leader to support & uplift untouchables like Adi-Andhras to gain justice, quality education and dignified jobs without any discrimination. It is possible through my ultimate goal: to educate, direct and coordinate all Adi –Andhra youth to join hands with me to bring changes in the lives of marginalized, oppressed and vulnerable population prevailing in society all over the world.

I would be permanently grateful if you donate to help give me an opportunity to pursue organizational leadership at Gonzaga University to train myself to become a vibrant servant leader to bring changes in lives of Adi-Andhras in my home country.  

Thank you! – Manoj Prabhakaran

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