Cheruthoni (Idukki): The devastating floods that hit the state last year not only washed away Binu’s house, but also his dreams of higher studies.
Binu is the son of Beena, a native of Kochupainavu in Idukki. His father Sasi died five years ago. Binu passed Plus Two through hard work. However, fate was against him. The floods landed him in a cleaning job at a hotel in Cheruthoni squashing his dream of pursuing graduation.
After the death of his father, Binu’s mother Beena brought him up using the money she earned from daily labour. After completing 10th standard, Binu started to go for welding, plumbing and wiring works at night to ease the burden on his mother.
Binu studied during the little free time he got and passed SSLC with 85 per cent marks and five A+ grades. He then joined the government vocational higher secondary school near his house and completed Plus Two with 78 per cent marks. During this time too, he continued to work at night.
Binu’s dream was to pursue graduation after plus two. But, he didn’t want to send his sick mother for work. So Binu decided to join in ITI which could help him get a job faster after a short time of study. He applied at the Kattappana government ITI. However, floods turned his life upside down.
Landslides caused by the floods washed away their four cents of land along with the house in it in August 2018. Binu’s mother’s health condition worsened while she was at the flood relief camp in Painav. Left with no other choice, Binu abandoned his dream of ITI and embraced hard labour to make ends meet.
Now Binu works as a cleaner at a hotel in Cheruthoni town. He lives with his mother in a single room quarters owned by KSEB at Vazhathoppu. Despite all the hardships, Binu still hopes to join for a vocational course one day.