Every morning without fail, 24-year-old Mohd Sujathullah wakes up early and leaves his house at around 7:30 a.m, to reach the Koti Maternity Hospital in Hyderabad, where around 300 poor patients wait in line for their meal.
This has been going on for quite a while. In fact, today he completed 604 days of daily free breakfast distribution at Nilofer Hospital, and around 180 days of free breakfast at Koti Maternity Hospital.
So, who is this person, and why does he do this?
He talks to The Better India about his journey. “It was 2016 when I first began to feed the poor with my pocket money. I offered them rice and curry near the Secunderabad Railway Station,” he says. He was overwhelmed at how the hungry rushed towards him when they saw food in his hands.
This one act of kindness, began a long journey of selfless service.
Pursuing a Pharma degree from the Sultan Ul Uloom College of Pharmacy, Sujathullah lives with his parents who instilled the value of human life in him, early on. Living in a joint family made him realise the importance of helping others.
Sujathullah started off by distributing dinner, drinking water and blanket distribution. He used to buy these items using his pocket money.
Soon, he set up a foundation called Humanity First.
When Sujathullah expressed his decision to spend his money on serving the poor, his family counselled him, asking him to complete his education, get a job, get married and then donate post-retirement. But, he convinced them otherwise, and now they bear some of his expenses.
So, on a daily basis, Sujathullah distributes breakfast at Koti Maternity Hospital from 8 am to 8:30 am and then at Niloufer Hospital from 8:30 am to 9 am. After this, he heads to his classes.
The food that he brings is healthy and nutritious. He serves high-quality upma, made with pure ghee and chutney. A hotel in Padmarao Nagar prepares the breakfast for 1,000 people, at a subsidised rate. Sujathullah pays an average of Rs 3,500 for 20 kilos of food. while transport, disposable spoons and bowls cost another Rs 500.
Through his foundation, Sujathullah carries out various other social initiatives.
One of the foundation’s projects helps people in orphanages and homes for the disabled. Some are differently-abled, while others are mentally challenged. He visits these places to feed the residents and distributes items to fulfil their necessities. The patients get clothes and groceries like rice, oil, salt and garlic, while the children get chocolates and toys.
Another initiative by the foundation involves conducting medical camps in slum areas. General physicians and dentists visit these places and conduct basic health and dental check-ups. Free medicines are distributed through these camps. This initiative has helped people suffering from diabetes and hypertension.
Another initiative involves distributing blankets to the poor who sleep on footpaths during winter. Until now, around 500 people have been helped via blanket-distribution.
Sujathullah has one mission–to make sure that no one, irrespective of race, caste, or religion, is hungry. He wants to create an ecosystem of charity and generosity towards the poor. He also persuades the footpath dwellers to reform their lives and provides necessary support in cash or kind for their makeover and rehabilitation.
He explains, “We provide them with some counselling, giving them some hope for a better life. We have collaborated with old-age homes where we move these people, after taking police permission.”
The foundation has its hands full with projects and activities on feeding the poor, providing medicines, counselling and shelter.
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Sujathullah is bent on making life comfortable by eliminating hunger, among other things, for the less fortunate. If you wish to contribute to his cause, you can do so here.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)