Poverty is something which is there all over the world, in some form or the other. In India, this is a quandary. People have to sleep on streets with cold air blowing all over, and they are famished too.
Would you like to live in a country where on one hand, people sleep with empty stomachs and on the other hand, thousands are spent on food, which is getting wasted?
Or you could live in a country where at least you don’t have to see people, dying out of hunger.
The choice is up to you. You could make a decision.
I made a decision, and helped the society. I believed in Mahatma’s saying “Be the change you want to see in the world”. And followed my dream. Each day I crossed the market as we went for a walk. I used to see people sleeping under small baskets, cramped up and clutching their stomachs, as if they had not eaten for days. Seeing this compelled me to do something.
One day, I was invited to this launch of a game. As I proceeded to the food counter, I was shocked to see that the bins were full of food instead of plates. And that was the moment where I decided that I had to do something. Coding helped me a lot through this journey of mine. I decided to develop an app where people can give away food, but executing that app was a lot tougher than I thought.
For that, I asked my dad to help. He said he could get food banks built. That would take six months. But I agreed willingly as the time would help me advertise about the app. I decided that if we actually got large number of people who agreed to download that app, we could hold an app launch. But that was all later.
So this is how it finally worked, people who want to give away food may login to the app and state what food and amount is being given away. Basis that, the app would give one special barcode. When you show the barcode to the food bank and let it get scanned, it opens up and takes in the food.
People who needed food were informed. Many people wanted to also help in the app work. We decided that three people who volunteer each day on the app itself, will deliver the food to the households.
As I decided to advertise, I talked to my best friend, whose dad worked in an advertising company. He was looking for a goodwill advertisement and I proposed mine. He was more than welcome to do it. Everything was running smoothly, until one day my mother came home and said that for the paper signing to get it done, we would have to meet an important bureaucrat. I felt he did not believe in social work, but he was interested in the money. The person in question said that we could settle this over the phone too, and it looked as if he wasn’t interested in my project.
We tried to settle but he wouldn’t budge. He asked who will repair the systems and who will give the money. That seemed all he thought about. Then my dad jumped in to clarify that it was a personal project and just the signatures were to e done, for official and legality matters. To that the approving authority had not a single issue.
Just a week before the release, there was a message that there were thousands of people who would download the app, and they were all over the city. So we decided to have an online launch, and everything was settled. Each day for each locality, there were more than 7 people on an average who volunteered to work and more than 500 packs of food delivered.
I was happy and honoured as I could follow Mahatma’s principles.