When the desire to serve fires up philanthropy
Their each day wrestle for survival prompted a body of workers to attain out to the extra needy
Like-minded employees, younger and previous, employed in small-scale institutions on Big Bazaar Street in Tiruchi have floated the ‘Kanavu Paadhai Nanbarkal Kuzhu’, maybe to show that philanthropy is all about the desire to serve and never the wherewithal.
In reality, it was their each day wrestle for survival that prompted them to attain out to the needy.
The group members, who grapple with their very own monetary struggles, have additionally witnessed how the destitute stay in the space. “Once our shutters are down, they sleep in front of our shops; they cannot rest in front of large showrooms as watchmen chase them away,” says a volunteer.
Jahir Hussain, who coordinates the philanthropy wing, says the seeds of the group had been sown on a small scale when he was in search of technique of treating his intellectually disabled sister. “Like me, every individual in the group has a personal reason to help the needy. We render our services to old-age homes, homes for children with disabilities and other needy sections…,” he says.
What began out as a WhatsApp group of 10-15 members has turn into a 250-member group. “We do not put out messages seeking donations. We write out a message stating our intention to feed these many people and whoever can contributes a small amount. The adage ‘small drops make an ocean’ works in our case,” he says.
The group supplied free meals to the destitute over the final yr. In the final two weeks, it has supplied lunch to sufferers and their attenders at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital and people who had been stranded at the Central Bus Stand and the railway junction. “The Sunday lockdown has affected the poor the most. While they would get a meal one way or another on weekdays, food is hard to come by during a lockdown,” Mr. Hussain causes.
The group additionally makes donations to residents in old-age properties and orphanages. “There are members who volunteer to sponsor all the meals distributed on a certain day to celebrate their birthday and in memory of their parents,” a volunteer says. The members take turns to donate blood as soon as a month and in case of emergencies.