Charity in adversity: Mumbai couple spends Rs Four lakh to feed poor


Mumbai, July 24

A faculty principal and her husband have come to the rescue of not solely their college students, but in addition folks of their neighbourhood hit laborious by the coronavirus-induced lockdown, loosening their purse strings to assist these in disaster.

The couple has spent over Rs Four lakh of their private financial savings in feeding tons of of poor folks of their neighbourhood in the course of the lockdown and in addition waived three months charges of scholars learning of their faculty at Ambujwadi in suburban Malad right here.

Mizga Shaikh, 38, the principal of non-aided Zeal English School at Ambujwadi, and her husband Faiyaz, 45, who’s a trustee of the varsity, have supplied meals and ration to over 1,500 folks in the course of the lockdown interval.

Faiyaz Shaikh, who works in a personal beauty firm, stated they began serving to folks with meals and ration in coordination with an NGO simply 5-6 days after the lockdown was enforced in March-end because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Four months on, they’re persevering with with their humanitarian work.

Initially, they obtained assist from the NGO, which distributed khichdi to the poor folks within the neighbourhood.

But, this wasn’t sufficient for households hit laborious by the lockdown and therefore they determined to place in their very own cash to feed them, Faiyaz Shaikh stated.

“Initially, the condition was very bad and many people would approach us for help, but with the easing of lockdown restrictions their number has gone down,” he instructed PTI.

He stated previously 4 months, they’ve spent practically Rs 4.5 lakh of their very own financial savings on distribution of meals and ration to folks.

Faiyaz Shaikh needed to dip into his spouse’s provident fund financial savings to hold on the charitable work.

“When Mizga shared the idea of withdrawal of her provident fund, I told her to go ahead,” he stated.

He stated at present they’re residing in a rented home with their two youngsters and had been saving for getting a house of their very own.

However, after seeing the plight of individuals round them the couple determined to spend the cash on a bigger good.

According to the couple, who has been working the varsity for a decade, a number of members of the family, buddies and acquaintances additionally helped of their mission.

The couple stated have waived the charges for 3 months (April to June) once they learnt from college students that their mother and father weren’t able to make funds to the varsity.

PTI



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