Kasargod, March 18, 2016: The life of Harekala Hajjabba is included among lives of great personalities like APJ Abdul Kalam, Mother Teresa who have been chaptered as role models to follow in the social studies Malayalam text book for the 10th Std.
The Orange fruit seller Hajabba, an uneducated man from Harekala village, 23 km away from Mangaluru had to struggle to start a government school in his village in 2000. He had fulfilled his dream by spending from his meager earnings out of fruit selling even when he could not afford to send his three children to school
Hajabba’s dream began to take the shape of a primary school on the premises of a masjid on June 6, 1999. Before Hajabba built his school, students from Harekala had to walk 3 km to reach the nearest aided schools. Hajabba worked hard to get government aid and then to upgrade it to a secondary school. He is now putting efforts to get a Pre-University College on the premises.
Mr. Hajabba continued to be his modest self even today. “I am an asker (for funds and assistance). I am not a giver,” he said. Mr. Hajabba thanked all those who had donated towards the school. “I can only pray for the well being of the families of donors,” he said. Mr. Hajabba’s efforts deserved a national acclaim like Padmashri, he said.