Ashish Dabral, a Gurgaon-based techie with British Telecom, has been feted by his company for his efforts to bring “digital skills to people in remote areas”.
A techie by profession and a teacher at heart, this 32-year-old from Uttarakhand travels for over 20 hours every weekend to his village, Timli, to teach students and empower local youth.
At a ceremony in London on February 29, he was adjudged the best volunteer among 10 other finalists nominated from across the globe.
Asked what he plans to do with the Rs 1 lakh prize money, he said: “Our immediate need is to buy a school van for our kindergarten students as most of them travel/walk 4-5 kilometres every day to reach to school. Also, this van will generate employment for at least two people of remote Himalayan villages.”
Dabral’s effort is getting positive responses. His initiative, Timli Vidyapeeth, is going to partner with a pre and primary school in Colchester, United Kingdom.