This 22-Yearold Chennai Youth Travelled From Living On The Roads To Learning At Cambridge University

When they said, "where there's a will there is a way", they weren't lying.

When they said, "where there's a will there is a way", they weren't lying.

Because Jayavel crafted his own success story by selecting to make studies his priority, thus making a wonderful rags-to-riches narrative for others who are looking for the light at the conclusion of the tunnel.

A rocky beginning

Where a failed crop season compelled them to move and take to the streets of Chennai for making a livelihood Jayavel's family came from Nellore,.

Jayavel was among the many kids who was forced into begging by his parents. "We used to sleep on one pavement. If it'd rain, we might try to locate other shelter in any nearby store until the cops came and chased us out of there," he said, reports The Indian Express.

While their generosity was offered by strangers to the youthful boy, Jayavel's gains were consistently used to feed his mom's drinking who became an addict after her husband's death.

The light by the end of the tunnel

But then entered her husband, who took Jayavel under their wing and Uma Muthuraman. The couple wanted to make a documentary on Chennai's street kids named "Pavement Flower".

"My people actually did not enjoy them. We tried to damage them as we'd so many individuals approaching us under the pretext of helping. But they simply used our name to get government funds," remembered Jayavel. But his view changed after seeing Uma's genuine concern for helping the kids.

And through their Suyam Charitable Trust, in 1999, the couple were able to offer a proper schooling to Jayavel.

"Everyone in the school knew about me and my family. As we used to live right on the corner of the school on the pavement but that didn't make any difference to me. Though I hated to study initially and simply wished to play, my attitude changed as I began to see the difference in life of other folks and mine and how Uma and Muthuraman were fighting to prepare me," explained Jayavel.

This edged Jayavel forwards and after winning a seat in Cambridge University's entrance examination, he got enrolled in Glyndwr University, Wales where he studied 'Operation Auto Enhancement Technology Engineering'.

The lad is currently on his way to University of Turin, Italy for further studies.

Not enough government support

In a sorry state of affairs, once more, the lacking government support continues to dampen matters for the Suyam Charitable Trust. The couple borrowed 17 lakh to fund Jayavel's instruction in London. Now they have to borrow another 8 lakh for his Italy stay.

The battle to educate kids by taking them off the streets is real and more roadblocks are simply created by the apathy of the government.

The road ahead

After he's finished his studies Jayavel wants to come back to India. He desires to help the couple run their trust and reimburse them for their generous contributions that made him the man he is today.