Since the 26th of March, Azhar has been on the streets daily feeding people in need.
We regularly come across news stories which absolutely break our hearts and all of that, usually makes us want to do something about it. Honestly, sometimes we do things at our own capacities to help someone out and more than often, we leave it be, quickly moving on to the next thing. But when the news of thousands of migrant labourers who were walking back home by crossing hundreds of kilometers, hit Azhar's ears, he knew that he had to do something about it ASAP! Based in Lucknow, Mohd. Azhar Hussain has been helping to curb the hunger of hundreds of such people and also animals in the city and within a few days, he has become an inspiration to all of us.
What's the Story?
Azhar has opened up a small-scale community kitchen in the premises of his home, since the time the lockdown notice was issued which resulted in umpteen number of labourers walking back home. So on the first day of his initiative, he made arrangements for 10kgs of tehri and along with his childhood friend Prince, he set off to distribute it among people within the 5 km radius of his area.
After his video went viral on social media, people started reaching out to him and that's how, he started this distribution process in other areas too. Azhar started venturing out to IIM road, Mohanlalganj, Telibagh, PGI, Yamuna Expressway, Sitapur Road, Faizabad Road and the other parts of Lucknow's outskirts and left no stone unturned to assist these folks in need.
"Daily, I go out with my friend at around 1pm and hand out these food packets to 400-500 people and on our way, we feed the animals as well. Also we know that eating tehri everyday can bore out people so we have introduced a rotating menu system; we serve puri sabzi, khasta, veg biryani, chhola chawal, rajma chawal and so on", Azhar stated.
He further added, "For the initial 2 days, my family cooked and packed these food items but soon due to heavy demands, I appointed 4 cooks at charges of ₹1200 per day. All of this was possible because I received contributions from a few people who were impressed by my plan and execution and I cannot thank them enough!"
Azhar also shared that these underprivileged people actually never demand extra food after they've been given a packet. "They're more than content with one and in fact, these good-hearted people also often tell us to distribute the packets amidst others who might need it the most."
"I cannot ever thank my friends enough for being with me throughout the process and during these difficult moments, my only appeal to people would be to not fight over religious issues because this pandemic isn't communal. Amid this outbreak, remember that most of the religious places have shut their doors but you as a part of this society, can open a window for the sake of humanity."
Amidst such challenging times, we truly need heroes like Azhar, who will put their foot forward in a bid to help whosoever is around without worrying about the returns. We are sincerely applauding this local hero's vigorous efforts in bringing about a change in the society and if you want to get in touch with him in order to contribute to his venture, please reach out at +91 9598346143.
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