Cassian Baliarsingh

Becoming a doctor and serving the society is the true calling of Jamuna Nayak, but acute poverty has become a stumbling stone for the topper girl who secured an impressive 83% in the recently announced Plus II science exams.

Hailing from remote Khariguda village under Mohana block in Gajapati district, Jamuna overcame all obstacles to score 499 marks in the CHSE exam. 

A brilliant mind from childhood, Jamuna was a good performer academically. Despite acute poverty, the young girl had also brought laurels to her school by securing a remarkable 86.6% in her Class X board exams.

However, financial constraints have crippled the dreams of the high performer, who aims to become a doctor in future. 

Hailing from an extremely poor family, Jamuna’s widowed mother is the sole breadwinner for the family after the death of her father. Jamuna lives in a thatched hut with her mother. The two survive with whatever her mother earns by working as a labourer in the village.

Even as Jamuna wants to study further and become a doctor in future, the little girl with big dreams has to fight with poverty.

With no help from anyone, her dreams are shattering right in front of her helpless eyes.
“My mother cannot afford my studies and money required for my medical preparation. I have no one else to support me after the death of my father. I request the government and other generous people to do whatever they can for me. I will always be grateful,” said a teary-eyed Jamuna.

Jamuna’s heartbroken mother also sought financial help for her daughter. "A little help from any generous person, the government or the local administration can give wings to the dreams of Jamuna," said her mother.

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