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This man feeds hundreds everyday, without charging a penny!

There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. And then there will be you, but with hard work, there are no limits, and these limitless efforts can win you any battle!

One such firm believer in hard work is Mr. Azhar Maqsusi. A resident of Hyderabad, life was never a ‘merry go ride’ for Azhar. Having lost his father at an early age, he had to face difficult circumstances and acute financial crisis, so much so that he couldn’t afford the luxury of ‘two meals a day’. The conditions were pitiful to an extent that, he could only manage to study till 5th grade. But with his strong determination and amazingly positive approach, he took these hitches as challenges and learned the work of Plaster of Paris and got a shop on rent basis to start a new business.

Azhar Maqsusi serving food to the poor and the needy
Azhar Maqsusi serving food to the poor and the needy

At the time when he started to earn decent revenues from his shop, he realized that he should do something for people suffering from extreme poverty. Being a victim of extreme poverty he knew how it feels not being able to get food. It was then that he decided to give meals to the poor and organized a tent with a poster reading “Daily free food for poor and homeless people”. The initiative which served 35- 40 people in the initial days now serves food to more than 150 needy people. “My wife cooked the food in the initial days, but with time and an increase in the quantities, we have hired a professional cook. It cost us Rs. 1700-1800 every day but the satisfaction that I get after seeing their happy is inexplicable” says Azhar joyously.

Azhar has not only received appreciation for his work but also received monetary and in-kind support from several philanthropists. “Once a person was passing by my tent and since he could not find a transport, he had to wait outside the tent. It was then when he saw us distributing food. Later he approached me and promised me a supply of 16 kg rice bags every month.” says Azhar while recollecting his best memories. Social media also played a tremendous role in gaining support for the project. Azhar’s regular Facebook updates helped him gain a lot of traction for his project. He not only receives help from Hyderabad but even from other parts of the country. He has also been facilitated by Landmark group in Dubai for his wonderful deeds.

When asked about the obstacles that he had faced in starting this program, he gave a wry smile and said ; “Well, people did what they do the best, they criticized. But then there was also a sphere who helped and so I never stopped my family is ever so happy with what I do and I can proudly admit that I am a responsible father who is able to afford a good school for his children.”

“I have known the hunger and I know how hard it is. But I have realized that, one does not need money to do good work, one does not need knowledge to do good work.I did not have any money, neither I had any knowledge, but I had the passion and dedication to do something for the poor and the needy. So if I can do it, everybody else can do it.” with this he concluded and left us in awe !


Story by : Anshul Sharma  |   Compiled by : Nikhil Sharma

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