For Hari Krishnan, the first week of lockdown was all about watching films, spending time with family and indulging in indoor hobbies. But a frantic phone call from an orphanage the following week changed his outlook on life.
The 27-year-old Hari Krishnan, who has been engaging in casual social work for over a decade, went to the orphanage after the phone call to hand over relief materials. But seeing the hunger and emptiness in the eyes of the inmates, his heart skipped a beat, and he decided to dedicate his time, and savings to help them overcome their suffering.“When I visited the orphanage, I almost broke down when I saw the inmates had not eaten for days.
He then began to use the money he had been saving up for marriage. “Over the last five years, I had saved Rs 2.4 lakh. But helping the downtrodden took precedence over a fancy wedding. It gave me immense joy that I cannot explain,” Hari Krishnan, who is yet to be married, says.
When Hari Krishnan took the social work plunge, he realized Persons with Disability (PwD) were more affected than others. So he decided to focus his attention on that community. Today, he looks after 254 families, mostly from that community, regularly supplying monthly ration to all of them.
‘Persons with disability were the most affected’When Hari Krishnan took the social work plunge, he realised Persons with Disability (PwD) were more affected than others. So he decided to focus his attention on that community. Today, Hari Krishnan looks after 254 families