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Help Sharad provide dignity and livelihood to the beggars of Lucknow

Sharad Patel, a farmer's son, from Mirzaganj, Uttar Pradesh at the age of 16, noticed the pathetic conditions of beggars near the railway stations, outside hotels and hospitals. He observed that many of them were even drug addicts. This bothered him a lot. So, he came up with a plan of making them self-reliant and helping them to live a dignified life. 


During his graduation days, he used to board bus from Charbagh bus stop of Lucknow. There was a Hanuman temple on the roadside where he would regularly see beggars sitting on the divider one next to another. For him, it was a completely different sight as compared to his own village where seeing somebody beg was a rare sight. Soon after graduating, he decided to study in detail about this issue by enrolling himself into a Masters in social work course. His family was shocked hearing about his decision, however, realizing that he was determined to work for the needy, his elder brother supported him to pursue his passion.Once in Lucknow, when he was pursuing his post-graduation, a beggar asked him for money. He thought only money is not going to be a real help, so he bought kachoris (snacks) to feed the beggar. This gave him immense pleasure as he was able to bring a smile to someone’s face.
This incident gave him an idea of feeding the beggars for free, however, he soon realised, this would not really make them independent . “I thought that feeding beggars in a long run isn’t going to be an easy task for an individual. I had to find a permanent solution to solve this crisis. I thought that there is a need to make them skilled which would subsequently help them getting employment.”


In Lucknow, he carried out a socio-economic study on beggars and found that around 3,500 beggars live on the footpath. “Unfortunately, these beggars had no skills to grab any job. There were few educated beggars too who were unable to secure a job due to their ill-health.

A Begining Of Sharad’s Movement
When Sharad started his work, his friends and relatives warned him that it was an impossible task and that he would not be able to finish what he has begun. “The day arrived, it was October 2, 2014, when I launched a campaign called Bhikshavratti Mukti Abhiyan, i.e. ‘Begging-Free Movement’ to make these people self-independent ,” he stated.

Later, he started building trust and comfort among the beggars and asked them to co-operate because it was meant for them only.
He helped these poor people with ration cards that helped them in buying subsidised goods from Government shops. For this, he had to fight very hard as he had to convince the authorities to provide ration cards to over 100 beggars without address proof, which is usually mandatory. This was his first step to develop a sense of faith in the beggars, and the community started approaching Sharad for their cards. After Sharad’s commendable efforts, beggars were now ready to bring a new change in their lives, but this mission was not possible without proper funds. So, he registered for an NGO ‘Badlaav’ in 2015. Majority of them are migrants who come from different parts of UP. Younger ones come to seek job opportunities while the elder ones come after facing the wrath of crop failure. “We found that most of the beggars apart from drug addiction also suffer from diseases like Tuberculosis, cancer, and asthma. We have till now treated 148 people yet sadly lost 11 people.” Due to his constant support, 27 beggars have left begging and started working in different areas. He is also taking support from the beggars who are now self-dependent, to help the other beggars. They spread awareness through street plays.

Sharad now needs funds to provide a means for livelihood of 100 beggars who are waiting to give up begging and start working as responsible citizens. Your help will enable 100 beggars to give up begging and lead a dignified life.
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4th September 2019
Dear Supporters,
 
Thank you for all your love and support towards this noble cause.
 
I'm very happy to write this update to all my supporters that I am able to rehabilitate people with beggary by providing rehabilitation facilities.

I have current some new update………

1. Happy Home (Care, Protection and Rehabilitation) Temporary Center is established in January 2019, which has a capacity to accommodate 20 clients.

2. In the first batch at the Happy Home (Care, Protection and Rehabilitation) Center, 25 people associated with beggars have received rehabilitation facilities, leaving beggary, providing all the basic facilities (living, food, clothes, medical etc.) to 25 clients. Along with this, the work of awakening their will power and self-esteem has been done in the clients through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

3. Worked to relieve the intoxication habit of these 25 clients through drug-D- addiction centre and improve health by treating other diseases as well.

4. Enhanced the employability skills of the clients, assisting them to small micro - business  and jobs, 3 clients chats outlet, 4 clients tea outlet, 4 clients vegetable outlet, 2 clients seasonal fruit outlet, 4 clients lemon tea selling, 5 clients running paddle rickshaws, 3 clients work of pulmbering and daily wages and left begging.

5. Total 129 clients have left begging and started living a dignified and self respect lives.

6.111 clients have gone back to their original families some 13 years, some 9 years and some 3 years and are now living a harmonious life with their families.

Being able to do this work has been possible only with the cooperation of all you.

Regards,
Sharad Patel









Dear Supporters,
 
Thank you for all your love and support towards this noble cause.
 
I'm very happy to write this update to all my supporters that I am able to rehabilitate people with beggary by providing rehabilitation facilities.

I have current some new update………

1. Happy Home (Care, Protection and Rehabilitation) Temporary Center is established in January 2019, which has a capacity to accommodate 20 clients.

2. In the first batch at the Happy Home (Care, Protection and Rehabilitation) Center, 25 people associated with beggars have received rehabilitation facilities, leaving beggary, providing all the basic facilities (living, food, clothes, medical etc.) to 25 clients. Along with this, the work of awakening their will power and self-esteem has been done in the clients through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

3. Worked to relieve the intoxication habit of these 25 clients through drug-D- addiction centre and improve health by treating other diseases as well.

4. Enhanced the employability skills of the clients, assisting them to small micro - business  and jobs, 3 clients chats outlet, 4 clients tea outlet, 4 clients vegetable outlet, 2 clients seasonal fruit outlet, 4 clients lemon tea selling, 5 clients running paddle rickshaws, 3 clients work of pulmbering and daily wages and left begging.

5. Total 129 clients have left begging and started living a dignified and self respect lives.

6.111 clients have gone back to their original families some 13 years, some 9 years and some 3 years and are now living a harmonious life with their families.

Being able to do this work has been possible only with the cooperation of all you.

Regards,
Sharad Patel









16th July 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all your love and support towards this noble cause.

I'm very happy to write this update to all my  supporters  that I am able to rehabilitate people with beggary by providing a temporary rehabilitation center (Happy Home Care, Protection and Rehabilitation). I have provided needy people with basic features. And according to their interests and capability, they have started self employment, i.e, two beneficiary charity outlets, two beneficiary tea outlets, two attendants seasonal fruit outlets, three services paddle rickshaws, two beneficiaries Battery rickshaw, two service providers, three services plumbering, one serving Pan Masala Benching, two service-taker paper envelopes, one serving seed peanuts. Many of them also rehabilitated their families after 13 years, 9 years, 5 years, 4 years.

Being able to do this work has been possible only with the cooperation of you all.

The rehabilitation center  temporarily requires twenty beds and this year, at least 100 people with beggary will be provided rehabilitation facility.

Please keep supporting so that we can continue to rehabilitate the families by re-establishing their lost dignity and self-esteem.

Regards,
Sharad Patel

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for all your love and support towards this noble cause.

I'm very happy to write this update to all my  supporters  that I am able to rehabilitate people with beggary by providing a temporary rehabilitation center (Happy Home Care, Protection and Rehabilitation). I have provided needy people with basic features. And according to their interests and capability, they have started self employment, i.e, two beneficiary charity outlets, two beneficiary tea outlets, two attendants seasonal fruit outlets, three services paddle rickshaws, two beneficiaries Battery rickshaw, two service providers, three services plumbering, one serving Pan Masala Benching, two service-taker paper envelopes, one serving seed peanuts. Many of them also rehabilitated their families after 13 years, 9 years, 5 years, 4 years.

Being able to do this work has been possible only with the cooperation of you all.

The rehabilitation center  temporarily requires twenty beds and this year, at least 100 people with beggary will be provided rehabilitation facility.

Please keep supporting so that we can continue to rehabilitate the families by re-establishing their lost dignity and self-esteem.

Regards,
Sharad Patel

25th October 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for extending your support to this noble cause.

We now have a total of six outlets. We will be giving two people one outlet, and these individuals will be selling food such as fast food, chaats, eggs, in these outlets. We are trying to provide them employment through this micro-business. Another outlet will be used for selling vegetables.

Around 25-30 people still need training. This should hopefully start a few days before Diwali.

Thank you all for your love!

Regards,
Sharad
Dear Supporters,

Thank you all for extending your support to this noble cause.

We now have a total of six outlets. We will be giving two people one outlet, and these individuals will be selling food such as fast food, chaats, eggs, in these outlets. We are trying to provide them employment through this micro-business. Another outlet will be used for selling vegetables.

Around 25-30 people still need training. This should hopefully start a few days before Diwali.

Thank you all for your love!

Regards,
Sharad
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Rs.6,240 raised

Goal: Rs.15,000

Beneficiary: Sharad Patel info_outline

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Bhaii!!

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Kudos Sharad My late son invisibly served the homeless & underprivileged from a tender age of 8 years & 5 months , till his last breathe at 22 years. Would be happy to support in any other way I can. Please reach me at - 9910021187. Please drop SMS before calling. Wishing you & your endeavour success neena

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