Hyderabad Man Rescued Over 1600 Elderly Homeless & Gave Them New Life | Milaap

Hyderabad Man Rescued Over 1600 Elderly Homeless & Gave Them New Life

"Everybody deserves to live with dignity. They also deserve to die with dignity." - George Rakesh Babu

George Rakesh Babu’s day starts early. He goes around the city in his van, rescuing elderly people, who are abandoned, homeless, or sick. He takes them straight to one of his three ‘Good Samaritans India Shelter Homes’ in Hyderabad, Warangal and Aler districts of Telangana. If, unfortunately, somebody dies during the rescue (as a result of dehydration or starvation despite his best efforts) or even at the homes later, he performs their final rites as well. 



“Once a person becomes old, they are considered ‘useless’. But whatever life they have left, has value – I want to show them that. At all of our homes, every person is treated with the kindness and respect that they deserve. Their smiles give me the strength to continue this work." - George

The untimely death of an elderly priest due to negligence became a turning point in his life


George’s life was shaped by an incident that happened way back in 2011. He came across a Tamil priest who was striving hard to run an orphanage of more than 60 kids. The priest was particularly worried as the landlord of the building that housed the orphanage had been demanding him to pay rent or face eviction– but the priest was short on funds due to a financial crisis. George decided to help and within a few days, arranged for the children to be relocated to other orphanages in the city and for the priest to be looked after at a rented house. But it was too late. Before George could get to the priest and take him to his new home, he died from cardiac arrest.

“The worst part was finding a place to lay him to rest. I traveled all over the city, requesting funeral homes to agree to bury him. I was shocked that nobody agreed. Finally we found a crematorium that did, and he was buried. I still remember the cries of the orphan children who had gathered to bid their ‘father’ goodbye. That’s when I pledged to lead a life for the elderly whom society ignores. Today, I am proud to say that our organisation is the only one in India that rescues dying people.”


Not just rescue, but complete rehabilitation

Once George and his volunteers are notified about destitute people or once they come across people languishing on the roads, the first step is administering basic first aid and checking for other illnesses before taking them to one of the shelter homes. The shelter-home at Aler, "Pannah" is exclusively for destitute women. The most sick and the dying are given shelter at the Dundigal, Hyderabad shelter home while the healthier ones are given resources at the Warangal shelter. Each and every one of the inmates are given clean and hygienic living conditions, with 24/7 medical attention and access to a free clinic as well. More than anything else, they are given love and care – something that they lived without for years.

“If somebody gives us the whereabouts of any destitute person and requests us to rescue them, we never say no. We never say that there is a lack of beds or give any other excuse. We even track down the families of ‘lost’ destitute elderly persons at their request. We even help the healthier inmates to take up vocations of their interest – like poultry farming, becoming watchmen, etc. They want to support themselves. Age should never be a reason for them to feel helpless. We are a big happy family,”-says George who has rescued over 1600 people till now.


The road ahead

Now George dreams of starting a shelter home in every district of Telangana and wants to spread operations to rest of the country too in a few years. He also wants to create awareness among people on how to reach out to shelter homes and the police when they spot an abandoned elderly person on the streets. The only obstacle in his way is funds. After quitting his job as an event manager to establish Good Samaritans India, he has been dependent on his wife’s salary (she works as a teacher) and also on the mercy and kindness of friends. He is looking for contributions on many fronts to continue his good work. You can choose to contribute to one of his shelter homes, individual rescue operations, food and provisions, health care and even last rites of the inmates.

“I want to do this because there are thousands of elders living on the streets. Their own families abandon them. I want to save them. I want them to know that they are not alone in life. That they won't be alone in death. But it is not practical without funds. I will make sure that every rupee you contribute is used to make their life better and treat them with dignity when they move ok from this world. ”-George
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24th May 2019
Dear Donors,

Greetings from Good Samaritans India.

We are grateful for all your support and encouragement.
We could carry our work towards ending elderly abandonment in our society,
One more milestone we are working with State Woman's Helpline 181 and doing our best to provide Shelter and food and clothing, at the same time we are trying our best to get them treatment for the Mental Illness and make them reach their people.
We once again thank you and hope you have shared the same link with your friends and help us build Permanent Shelter in the city of Hyderabad.  You can visit our Facebook page for more details about our daily activities.
Kindly share about the campaigns with your near and dear people
and help the aged homeless citizens of our country.

Thanks
George
Founder
www.facebook/goodsamaritansindia
Links : https://youtu.be/xA4KO-A0lTU
https://youtu.be/e5JviQ4sOS4
https://www.thebetterindia.com/119286/hyderabad-good-samaritans-india/



Woman rescued elderly mentally unstable with the help of State Helpline for woman 181, Providing Shelter and trying our best to reunite with the family.
Dear Donors,

Greetings from Good Samaritans India.

We are grateful for all your support and encouragement.
We could carry our work towards ending elderly abandonment in our society,
One more milestone we are working with State Woman's Helpline 181 and doing our best to provide Shelter and food and clothing, at the same time we are trying our best to get them treatment for the Mental Illness and make them reach their people.
We once again thank you and hope you have shared the same link with your friends and help us build Permanent Shelter in the city of Hyderabad.  You can visit our Facebook page for more details about our daily activities.
Kindly share about the campaigns with your near and dear people
and help the aged homeless citizens of our country.

Thanks
George
Founder
www.facebook/goodsamaritansindia
Links : https://youtu.be/xA4KO-A0lTU
https://youtu.be/e5JviQ4sOS4
https://www.thebetterindia.com/119286/hyderabad-good-samaritans-india/



Woman rescued elderly mentally unstable with the help of State Helpline for woman 181, Providing Shelter and trying our best to reunite with the family.
16th May 2019
Dear Donors,


Greetings from Good Samaritans India.

We are overwhelmed by your kind contribution for the elderly homeless welfare, we thank all the donors for their quick and instant support is really appreciable and making difference in the lives of the elderly homeless.

Our NGO is working on the cause and the solution for them is to have more homes to help provide shelter and nutrition food for them.

As the summer is scorching we found many elderly in helpless condition and do help them with your kind support only.

We are really very grateful for your kind support for them.

thanks n regards
God Bless You all
George
Founder

An article about our NGO in todays Time of India. 16-5-2019

Dear Donors,


Greetings from Good Samaritans India.

We are overwhelmed by your kind contribution for the elderly homeless welfare, we thank all the donors for their quick and instant support is really appreciable and making difference in the lives of the elderly homeless.

Our NGO is working on the cause and the solution for them is to have more homes to help provide shelter and nutrition food for them.

As the summer is scorching we found many elderly in helpless condition and do help them with your kind support only.

We are really very grateful for your kind support for them.

thanks n regards
God Bless You all
George
Founder

An article about our NGO in todays Time of India. 16-5-2019

13th May 2019


Dear Donors,

Greetings from Good Samaritans India.
We take immense pride to update you about the work increase in the city by our NGO. This is the 72nd rescue of the Year 2019
On 10th of May 2019, we have rescued one elderly man who was paralyzed has come to the hospital as there was no attendee he was sleeping as his admission is rejected outside in the premises of the Hospital.
He is suffering from sickness and the temperature is making it worst. As soon as we received the info we rushed and rescued him.

The rate of rescues has increased since the temp is too hot to survive for the elderly homeless. We request you to support for the campaign and help us to go for an extra Shelter Homes to accommodate.
Join the movement and help us to end the Homelessness of the elderly in India.

Thank you
regards
George


Dear Donors,

Greetings from Good Samaritans India.
We take immense pride to update you about the work increase in the city by our NGO. This is the 72nd rescue of the Year 2019
On 10th of May 2019, we have rescued one elderly man who was paralyzed has come to the hospital as there was no attendee he was sleeping as his admission is rejected outside in the premises of the Hospital.
He is suffering from sickness and the temperature is making it worst. As soon as we received the info we rushed and rescued him.

The rate of rescues has increased since the temp is too hot to survive for the elderly homeless. We request you to support for the campaign and help us to go for an extra Shelter Homes to accommodate.
Join the movement and help us to end the Homelessness of the elderly in India.

Thank you
regards
George
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Goal: Rs.1,000,000

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