His name was Dashrath Manjhi, and it took him 22 years. People laughed at him at first. Years into his project they brought him food and tools. When he was finished, they praised him.
Manjhi was first driven to create a faster path through the mountains to the nearest hospital when his wife was injured. Because they couldn’t get her to a hospital fast enough, she passed away. Manjhi didn’t want anyone else in his village to go through this tragedy.
They told him a single man could not carve down a mountain. This only steeled his resolve.
From 1960 to 1982, from ages 35 to 55, Manjhi picked at the mountain, eventually creating a 360 foot long, 25 foot deep road. This new path cut the trip from his village to the hospital from 44 miles to just 9 miles.
The path through the mountain (indicated by the green arrow) is longer than a football field and makes it easy to transport the sick.
People stopped calling him crazy and started praising him as the ‘Mountain Man.’ The local government has proposed a paved road to be named “Dashrath Manjhi Road” and a hospital in his honor.
The health of his village is owed to the man that carved through a mountain, Dashrath Manjhi.