Every morning 27-year-old Mohammad Sujathullah follows a ritual. Once up, he heads straight to a local hotel, gets 20 kgs of Rawa Upma cooked along with the chutney and then loads the containers onto a load carrier. The food is the breakfast for almost 1,000 hungry people Sujathullah has been feeding since 2015 outside Hyderabad’s three prominent hospitals. Once finished, the student then eats his breakfast and leaves for college.
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 endeavor. 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. Everyone 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.
Sujathullah wants to continue to serve the hungry in front of the hospitals during these days of coronavirus pandemic. The poor today are in more need than before as there are no shops or small hotels open to serve them food. He has the permission of the Telangana police to serve breakfast to 1000 people in front of the hospitals even during the lockdown. He needs funds to continue his work.Your help will ensure that the patients and their attendants(relatives) in these governments do stay hungry while the country fights the coronavirus.
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