Chennai: In an endeavour to mitigate and eradicate hunger in our society, the Chennai-based NGO – Thaagam Foundation, has been providing food to the poor, needy, homeless and the abandoned, by uplifting their livelihood, since 2018. After playing a significant role in providing food assistance to the underprivileged, needy and hungry during the COVID-19 crisis in India, the Foundation, now lends a helping hand to the poor and vulnerable families in Sri Lanka.
A young, dynamic, compassionate and raring to go Law Student from Chennai and the Founder CEO of Thaagam Foundation, Raja Monsingh, has traversed miles together on a mission, to provide for the poor, homeless and hungry with daily grocery kits worth 10 lakhs in the last 18 days, organised through crowdfunding.
Travelling about 4500 km in the first 10 days, including the Northern Province that was gravely affected by the crisis, the ground reality hit him hard, because of which he decided to set up a Thaagam Foundation office in Sri Lanka. He began work on the processes and legal formalities in right earnest and his wholehearted efforts bore fruits, with a functional office for Thaagam Foundation being approved by the Sri Lankan Government, at World Trade Centre, Colombo, to continue the noble work.
Sharing his first-hand experience from the crisis-ridden island, Mr Raja said, “The first ten days was an overwhelming experience, where I witnessed the worst of poverty and hunger, especially amongst the underprivileged young children and old people. As I delivered the grocery kits, the joy and gratitude they expressed is inexplicable. Our small gesture meant a great timely help to so many poor people, who battled the repercussions of a national economic crisis. This is when I decided to further extend my stay here in Sri Lanka, to provide more help for these people and contribute to their everyday food needs and livelihood, till they find their feet in these challenging times. Going forward too, I am sure Thaagam Foundation will touch and transform many such lives, eventually playing a big role in eradicating hunger, not only in India but across the world too.”