Mustafa Hashmi, 21
Founder of Glow Tide, Hyderabad Disturbed by the sight of a man scavenging food from a drain, the engineering student launched Glow Tide in July 2013. Aiming to ensure a meal-a-day to every Indian, the NGO collects surplus food from restaurants, caterers and canteens and takes it to the needy. For now, Hashmi gets food from the kitchen of an IT firm and distributes it to 45 children of the Cherish Foundation and 150 girls at a slum school-cum-hostel in Tolichowki. Helped by six friends and volunteers, he takes the food to the two places every evening at 5. BIG BREAK An IT company in Hyderabad agreed to provide food for more than 100 needy people every day. FIRST MISTAKE Initially, Glow Tide gave food to people on the streets but soon realised it was being taken by those who could afford it while the “needy ones were left out”. LONG-TERM PLAN Provide food to 30,000 needy people every day, expand operations and become the ‘Excess Food Management Authority’. ASIDE In his free time, he reads on religion, psychology.
“It’s remarkable that he’s working towards this noble cause when most people his age are concerned only about their own future.”
M. Neelima Founder,CherishFoundation