"Children need models rather than critics,” a French moralist had said. But at times children themselves show the way even to adults. Two children from a village in Kerala's hilly Idukki district decided to be proactive to address a civic issue rather than cribbing like cynical adults.
Kevin Joshy, a Class-8 student of Vimala High School, Vimalagiri,) and Georgein Jijo, a Class-7 student of St. Joseph's High School, Upputhode, are being lauded by the local community for covering the pits on the road with mud.
“We decided to cover all these pits after my sister Sreya fell into a pit on this road recently,” Kevin told Onmanorama. “Another motive was that we have to ride our bicycle safely on this stretch," George chipped in.
The neighbourhood friends had covered small potholes as well as huge pits with mud over a distance of about 2.5 km, thus ensuring a comfortable ride for motorists. The mud to fill the pits was taken from the roadside itself.
The work which began early morning on November 30 ended by 6 PM the next day. The video showing the work which was posted on social media soon began trending.
The duo also realised that as the nearby Alappuzha–Madurai State Highway hasn’t been repaired for a long time, there won’t be any mending of the panchayat road anytime soon.
The little heroes received appreciation from the native community as well as from the school management.
“Kevin and Georgein are role models not only for the children of their age but also to all elders as they were self-motivated to take up this task and complete it beautifully,” Fr Joby Pulickakunnel (Director, Media Commission of the Idukki Diocese) told Onmanorama.