The Providence Journal covers Ekal Vidyalaya

September 25, 2010 - United States

R.I. Life: Middletown couple helping children from halfway around the world 


01:00 AM EDT on Monday, August 9, 2010

By G. Wayne Miller

Journal Staff Writer

In their Middletown home, Nishi and Ram Nehra help raise funds and awareness for One Teacher School in India.

The Providence Journal / Frieda Squires

MIDDLETOWN — A casual encounter started Ram Nehra toward the humanitarianism that has consumed him now for nearly a decade. The beneficiaries are children who are unlikely to ever meet this 75-year-old retired pharmacist who influences their lives from halfway around the world.

Born and raised in Kenya, Ram came to America with his young family in 1969. But his parents and his wife, Nishi, were native to India. They belonged to a comfortable class. They had earned college degrees. They had little exposure to people in their ancestral land who are illiterate.

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