Generation Grit: Orphan channels loneliness into kind deeds

Mr Selva Raju Arumugam's mum died when he was 15 and he later lost his dad to stomach cancer. Now 27, he dedicates his time to helping those in need – a commitment that won him the Harvard Prize Book in 2018.

Mr Selva Raju Arumugam was alone before he was 21. Forced to make his way in the world by himself, he turned his loneliness into a passion for helping children in adversity. This is his story in our series on millennials who inspire us.

SINGAPORE - Mr Selva Raju Arumugam has many fond memories of the tactics his mother used to wake him up with in the mornings.

Sometimes she would threaten to pour hot water on him. Or she would say the time was much later than it actually was, making him jump out of bed in a panic.

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