Janta Curfew day on 22nd March, 2020 was the 1240th day of his feeding-the-hungry initiative. He hasn’t missed a single day.
It all started with a thankful “gesture to God” for passing an examination.
“I had a backlog in one of my papers. I had decided to feed 10 hungry people if I successfully clear the backlog. It was my way of thanking Allah. I succeeded and then I fulfilled my promise,” says Sujathullah. “But then, something happened,” he continues, “the experience of feeding the hungry changed me entirely. I felt at peace (Ek sukoon milgaya).”
It was 2016.He first used his pocket money to buy food. Then, he asked each earning member of his large joint family to contribute one day’s salary to prepare the food. Besides some irregular donations, Sujathullah’s family provides financial assistance to his endeavour. Sujathullah started with feeding the hungry outside the Hyderabad’s Niloufer Hospital – one of the most visited hospitals in the city.
“I have only one criterion: humanity. I don’t ask anyone what’s their religion, caste, creed or belief. Every one gets food,” the student says.
That explains the name of Sujathullah’s NGO: Humanity First Foundation.
The work, Sujathullah says, has now become like a job for him. But there’s a slight difference though, there are no holidays. Yet, he doesn’t complain.