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