All necessary services and necessities are on the other side of the mountain
The Manjhi family lives in the remote Gehlour village of Gaya, Bihar, Northern India. They live in conditions where there is no electricity or clean water, no schools or hospitals.
The 100-meter mountain that sits next to the village of Gehlour is what hinders them from getting the necessities in daily life.
Like all the men in the village, Manjhi works on the other side of the mountain. At noon, his wife – Mrs. Phaguni will bring rice to her husband. Because there is no road, they have to go around the mountain and the trip always takes about a few hours.
One afternoon, Mrs. Phaguni tripped over the rock and was injured. The water bottle fell to the ground. She was late with limp feet. He was angry with her because he was late, but when he saw his wife's tears, he decided to solve his own problems.
Mr. Manjhi bought a hammer, a chisel and a crowbar. He had to sell a few goats to buy the tools.
Mr. Manjhi broke the 100-meter high mountain with a hammer, a chisel and a crowbar
Then, he started climbing the mountain and breaking the mountain. Years later, he recounted: ‘That mountain has claimed many lives. I couldn't stand it hurting my wife. If I use my whole life to do it, there will be a road through the mountain for the whole village. '
Mr. Majihi's story of mountain breaking began to spread. He started work early in the morning, then returned to work on the field for his boss. At night, he resumed his job of destroying the mountain. Majihi hardly slept.
Witnessing Majihi's determination, the villagers gradually admired and respected him. They began collecting food for his family. In the end, he quit his job of earning a meal to devote his entire time to breaking the mountain.
The road going around the mountain took several hours
Once, Mrs. Phaguni became ill. The doctor was on the other side of the mountain, but the road from his house to the doctor was 75km long. In time to take his wife to the hospital, he accepted that she died. The death of his wife made Majihi more determined to continue her work.
This task is not easy. He was often injured by falling rocks. At that time, he will rest for a few days and then return to work. While doing this job, he took things for everyone from one side of the mountain to the other side of the mountain with a small amount of money to raise his children.
After 10 years, a narrow opening began to separate the mountain. Seeing the work result, the villagers began to help Majihi.
After 10 years, a narrow ravine began to split the mountain into two
22 years later, a 120-meter, 10-meter-wide road appeared. From there, the road to bring people to the other side of the mountain shortened to only 5km. Moreover, people in 60 other villages of Atri also use this road. Children only have to walk 3km to school. People started calling him ‘Baba’ – meaning a respectable man.
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A 10-meter-long, 120-meter-long road appeared after 22 years of Indian man's persistence
But not stopping there, Majihi began knocking on the doors of public authorities to demand the paving of the road and connecting this road with the big road.
He did another unthinkable job to attract the Indian government's attention. He walked all the way from his village to the capital of New Delhi. He filed a petition for his village to have roads, hospitals, schools and clean water.
The government gave a piece of land to Majihi for his efforts, but he immediately donated the land to a hospital.
‘I'm not interested in these awards, fame or money. All I want is a road, a school and a hospital for our villagers. They were too hard. Those things will help women and children in the village.
In August 2007, Mr. Manjhi had to fight cancer.
‘I started this job because of my love for my wife, but I continued it for the people. If I don't do it, nobody will do it, ”he said.
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