In the middle of this horrific crisis, I found inspiration in the efforts of Mohammed Shujatullah, a student of Sultan Ul Uloom College of Pharmacy in Hyderabad, who created the Humanity First Foundation. Mohammad serves free breakfast outside 3 government hospitals to the poor that are struggling to make ends meet.
How he started a life of giving is best explained in his own words:
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 ten 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.”
March 22nd was his 1240th consecutive day of providing free breakfast outside Niloufer Hospital to 800 people every day. Then March 24th shutdown threatened to disrupt the noble and critical work that Mohammed undertook, but the Telangana police allowed him to serve 1000 people a day and continue his work.
Sandesha and I support a cause every Friday under our Funding Friday initiative. However, Mohammad’s selfless act made such a profound impact on her that it ignited the writer inside her. In a surprising turn of events, she wrote a beautiful piece: Humanity First: Hyderabad Man Distributes Free Food Outside Hospital, which we proudly shared on the Artha India Venture’s blog yesterday.
Whether you decided to contribute to Mohammad’s campaign is truly up to you, but you must see the video below to sit in awe of the truly inspirational work this student is doing. Sandesha, myself, and several of our team members have already contributed to this initiative; you too can contribute at this link on Milaap.