How would you like to spend your big savings after months of toiling at work? Maybe on the long standing desire to buy a new asset? Or invest in something you feel will yield profits in future? Business Analyst Karthik must have had similar plans, but when the pandemic hit he decided to take a big step.
“Soon after lockdown, I started donating money to organisations working to help affected people. But when I realised the plight of homeless migrant labourers who are starving on streets, I decided to provide them food myself. I was approved by GHMC to extend support to the needy,” said Karthik who went on to distribute close to 50,000 plates a day to destitute in five different locations in the city.
A simple WhatsApp status was all it took to implement his plan. Karishma Ali, practising lawyer at Telangana High Court, was one of the volunteers who reached out to Karthik and went on to cook meals for the underprivileged residing on the streets. “I was overwhelmed to see streets filled with desperate people looking at us with hungry eyes. Karthik’s donation of Rs 2 lakh further motivated others to donate to the cause,” Karishma shared.
It takes a lot of perseverance and dedication to help others and Karthik isn’t stopping any soon. “We will continue to provide food to the needy. This pandemic has hit them the worst and I feel responsible to contribute my bit towards the society,” he said.Such stories restore our faith in humanity and make us believe in that little silver lining that remains unnoticed otherwise.
Amritsari Kulcha joint owner Sajan was worried about his business after he stopped receiving orders. Despite incurring losses, he was determined to contribute towards society. “I started providing food to migrant families and would often hear ‘Bhaiya kal bhi aaoge na’ (will you be returning tomorrow as well?). That led me to think that I have to do more than just that so I tweeted about my work where Ramanjeet Singh, who is associated with NASSCOM, contacted me. He helped in providing grocery bags to the needy,” said Sajan who also helped families of Zomato workers who were left with no income after the suspension of the company’s services.
Raghu, founder of The Good Talk Factory, an open platform, raised close to Rs 50,000 and donated the amount to various initiatives like NGO working to provide sanitary pads for migrant women workers, Good Universe NGO for hygiene kits, old age home for groceries. The organisation also bought masks and bottles produced by prisoners from Cherlapally jail and donated the same to the police.
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