It is very rare to come across people like Maninder Pal Singh. As we begin our conversation, he tells me, “We come alone, and we will go alone, so why not spend the time we have, serving those who are less fortunate.”
On 18th September 2018, under the banner of his NGO, Ray of Positivity, Singh decided to serve home-cooked food to the patients and attendants of three Ludhiana-based hospitals: Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), Shri Krishna Charitable Hospital and Civil Hospital.
In conversation with The Better India, he says, “The joy one feels in sharing food is not felt in anything else. Since we started this ‘Maa ki Rasoi’ on 18th September, we have been distributing food every Tuesday and Friday. 4,100 students and 160 teachers from R S Model School bring food from home, which we distribute to those in need. There are days when we manage to distribute almost 10,000 parathas.”
Singh also mentions how on Tuesdays and Fridays the school is sometimes shut, and despite that, the parents and children are so enthusiastic that they bring the food.
In seeing the work, a local dhaba has partnered with Ray of Positivity and is distributing tea along with the parathas. “The support we have garnered is truly heartening. We have now also managed to procure fresh milk for children,” says Singh.
When I asked him if the organisation needs help from anyone, he was quick to say, “No, we have been managing well and are not looking for any monetary assistance. If there are people who are keen on helping, they can send in the materials which we can distribute.”
One of the key reasons why this is a great initiative is because it instills a sense of sharing in the children.
Singh says, “We see how doing this has made the children so much more grounded and aware of the realities around them. There is nothing greater than doing seva.”
His wife and children ably assist him in this endeavour. Boondh boondh se sagar bharta hain, he concludes. (It takes every drop to fill the ocean).
Ray of Positivity also provides shoes and slippers to the needy. Look up their Facebook page to find out more about their work.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)