“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” – Roy T. Bennett
Almost all of us have placed food orders on apps like Zomato and Swiggy. These apps are very convenient and with the touch of a button, we can easily place orders to cancel our orders. But have you ever wondered that if the food is ready and out for delivery and we cancel the order, what happens to the food? Most of the times the delivery boys take it home. However, for 26-year-old Pathikrit Saha, a Zomato food delivery executive, things are a little different.
The young lad feeds the underprivileged children. He says, ” there are thousands of children who do not even get one meal a day. These children either remain malnourished or resort to drugs to end their hunger. It is our moral responsibility to make sure neither of the things happens. I am fortunate to be getting a chance to feed them through my profession.”
Fondly addressed as ‘Roll Kaku’ by the children, he feeds them leftover foods from a restaurant and cancelled orders from Zomato. His treats offer children lip-smacking biryani to delicious rolls, to Chinese foods and fried rice. Other than this elaborate spread he also treats them once in a while.
4 years back, an incident changed Pathikrit’s outlook and approach. He was passing through the Dum Dum Cantonment railway station when a child beggar came up to him asking for money. Pathikrit tried to ignore the 6-year-old, but he kept saying that his mother will throw him out of the house. This exposed Pathikrit to the harsh reality of how children are being forced into begging. He realised the plight of these children.
In a bid to help these children, Pathikrit started an NGO – Help Foundation and started taking evening classes for them on the platform of a railway station. He wanted to give these children a secure future and with 1 mat and 3 children, he started this school. Now he has almost 30 children. His hard work has also bought some great results. Today, 21 children who used to be begging on the streets are studying in government schools.
Pathikrit is indeed doing a marvellous job by not only feeding the underprivileged children but also making educating them and helping them secure their future. To most of the people, he may be known as a Zomato food delivery boy, but to these children, he is a friend, mentor, brother and teacher.
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