Sak­sham Dawar Me­mo­rial Trust to feed 500 peo­ple full meals for Only ` 10

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As many non-prof­its and ini­tia­tives con­tinue to wage war against hunger and food wastage in ur­ban slums, one unique ef­fort by an Agra-based so­cial ac­tivist and phi­lan­thropist plan­ning to cater to over 500 peo­ple every day, all at the mea­gre price of only ` 10. The project, Mis­sion Food for All, will be flagged off as soon as pos­si­ble, thus giv­ing the poor and needy peo­ple of Agra free­dom from hunger. Very few men in his present sta­tion would care to re­mem­ber what it meant to be a part of a refugee fam­ily and hun­gry along long time ago. But Pu­ran Dawar never for­gets it and nor does he for­get many hats (tai­lor, milk seller, labour su­per­vi­sor and shoe re­tailer) he wore to sur­vive, study and emerge to be­come the pro­tag­o­nist of a story of a man’s re­lent­less pur­suit to ful­fil his dream.

To­day, this self ef­fac­ing but res­o­lute man with post grad­u­ate de­grees in Eco­nom­ics and Law still wears many hats (lead­ing shoe ex­porter, suc­cess­ful real­tor, civil so­ci­ety ac­tivist, phi­lan­thropist, cru­sader for the shoe ex­port in­dus­try and its work­force, etc.) and es­pouses many causes. Life, for him, is in cruise mode now. But the hunger re­mains of a dif­fer­ent kind. It’s a hunger to feed the hun­gry in mis­sion mode.

“There is more fruit in a rich man’s sham­poo than a poor man’s plate,” this poignant quote by an anony­mous in­di­vid­ual sums up the state of hunger In­dia and the rest of the world. The main idea be­hind the ini­tia­tive was to help give home cooked food to all who came their way at an eco­nom­i­cal rate. Sak­sham Dawar Me­mo­rial Trust’s (SDMT) state-of-the-art and hy­gienic Cen­tral Kitchen’s vol­un­tary and non-vol­un­tary staff will pre­pare fresh food daily. Foods will be fer­ried for dis­tri­bu­tion to 4 pre-iden­ti­fied and fixed venues (East, West, North, South& Cen­tral Zones of the city) in Agra in mini trucks equipped with food warm­ers and other equip­ment and man­aged by 3 food troupers each. The food will be dis­trib­uted to the un­der priv­i­leged and needy at ` 10 per meal. And those who can’t pay will get it free of cost (once the do­na­tions/con­tri­bu­tions& other lo­gis­tic sup­port from out­side start pour­ing in),” Dawar says. “It is not so dif­fi­cult. It only takes a will of a per­son to start some­thing like this. I have started get­ting re­quests from the so many peo­ple to vol­un­teer and sup­port the ini­tia­tive. Roti and medicine are ba­sic needs of any in­di­vid­ual.”

The Dawar fam­ily is a large and grow­ing fam­ily. It ex­tends be­yond the peo­ple who work for Dawar Group. Their fam­i­lies are also an in­te­gral part of it. Sak­sham Dawar Me­mo­rial Trust is a small but sig­nif­i­cant step in that di­rec­tion. It's an ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram for the chil­dren of the work­ers. In ad­di­tion to this, it also pro­vides mone­tary as­sis­tance to a large num­ber of its work­ers’ chil­dren study­ing in other schools. The group also works in as­so­ci­a­tion with a num­ber of NGO'S to ful­fill its other so­cial wel­fare com­mit­ments. It also or­gan­ises reg­u­lar health check-ups for the fam­i­lies of its work­ers. But these ef­forts are not enough. There is a lot more that needs to be done. No­body un­der­stands it more than the chair­man of the group, Dawar. For him, the growth of the group is in­ex­tri­ca­bly re­lated to the so­cial up­lift­ment of the peo­ple who work for it.

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