#WATWB: A Father Carves a Road through a Mountain for His Children

Posted: 2019/01/25 in Blogging
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A while back, a man from Odisha, India, singlehandedly carved an 8km (5-mile) road through hilly terrain so that his children attend school.

His three sons used to spend six hours walking from their boarding school in Phulbani to the village of Gumsahi where Nayak lives. Fed up with seeing his kids stumble down the dangerous route, the 45-year-old vegetable seller grabbed a chisel, a pickax, and a garden hoe and began digging a safer path.


In a remote village in India’s state of Odisha, the schoolchildren needed to walk through 10 kilometers (6 mi) of thick brush, climbing up and down hills and boulders in each direction for three hours. It’s understandable why many of these kids gave up on their education.

But a father named Jalandhar Nayak was determined that his sons would receive an education. His boys moved closer to the school, and Nayak began to work. Armed with only a pickaxe and a crowbar, Nayak began clearing a road to the village in 2016. He pushed boulders and dug the earth so that it would be a flat surface. He worked from sunup until sundown, eight hours a day every day for two years straight.

A local news outlet heard about Nayak’s story. The government agreed that the village needed a road, so they paid him for his time and took over the construction where he left off. Once he got the media’s attention, he requested that the village get access to running water and electricity, too. After generations of this village having been so far removed from civilization, one man’s actions helped the entire community.

The rest of Jalandhar Naya’s story can be found here, here, and here.


Jalandhar Nayak. OdishaTV

This is the 20th celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are:  Inderpreet UppalSylvia Stein, Shilpa GargSimon FalkDamyanti Biswas.


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  1. Shilpa Garg says:

    Jalandhar Nayak has literally and figuratively moved mountains to send children to school. This is such an awe-inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it, Peter!

  2. Syl Stein says:

    Wow what an amazing man and his story and what he does to help so many children obtain an education is so inspiring and moving and there needs to be more of him! Great post!

  3. Susan Scott says:

    Thank you Peter! What a man, what a father, what an example to all of us. And now water and electricity as a result of his initial efforts …

    • Peter Nena says:

      Imagine! A single person’s dedication ending up helping the entire community. A good deed surely must never be underrated. Thank you, Susan.

  4. Dan Antion says:

    That’s such a cool story, Peter. I’d like to think I would do that for my kid, but the work involved had to be very difficult.

    • Peter Nena says:

      When I read it, I was speechless. To cut a road through a mountain with such simple tools! The human strength is underrated. What really drives us, when it awakens, there is no stopping us. I wish we all could find it in us. Thank you, Dan.

  5. This is an amazing and powerful story.

  6. Reading about this man working for 2 years, 8 hours a day, to build a road for his kids totally inspired me. How awesome, and then to go on and bring electricity and running water, amazing. There are heroes among us, it’s so great to hear about them.

  7. Wow, incredible what one man can do for his children. Such devotion and love. Fantastic post! Thank you for sharing and for being part of#WATWB!😊

    • Peter Nena says:

      Thank you too Belinda. I believe we are capable of greater things than we can even admit to ourselves. When the need arises and we awaken, we can do wonders. Thanks.

  8. if the mountain won’t come to Mohammed as the story goes. People can be so heroic!!

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