Ramavath Chinni Krishna Naik is from Palyam thanda village in Pamidi mandal of Anantapur district. Just as he entered school, RDT (Rural Development Trust), an organization working since 1969, for the development of the poor in Anantapur district, sponsored him for school education. Chinni Krishna grew up admiring and adoring Vicente Ferrer, who founded RDT. His mother passed away when he was only 8. He and his brother Sunil Kumar then went to an orphanage at Kondapalli in Krishna district. But Chinni Krishna soon returned to Anantapur district and did his secondary education at Bukkarayasamudram. He was an all rounder who not only studied well but also excelled in cultural activities and sports. Before he could complete class X, he won as many as 20 medals in sports. Chinni Krishna was interested also in adventure sports like body building and Karate.
At present he is in 2nd year of B.P.Ed. in Sri Venkateswara University. It is here that he was selected for a mountaineering mission to Kashmir, Mount Everest in the Himalayas and Mount Killimanjaro in South Africa. The first mission was to Mount Baisaran in Kashmir. He successfully climbed this Mount. Then came his inspiring act of exhibiting Vincent Ferrer’s picture on the Mount. The following are his words of homage to his childhood hero:
“You are eternal. Your image is alive in our heart. Your every foot step is for us to follow. You gave light to many children like me. Long live Vicente Ferrer.”
Chinni Krishna Naik has just been felicitated by the Sports Authority of India in Vijayawada. His next missions are the Mounts of Everest and Killimanjaro. He is determined to exhibit Vincent Ferrer’s picture there too.