Meet Kottayam's own mother who feeds the poor amid lockdown
Kottayam: The vagabonds who are starving always anticipate a vehicle carrying the board ‘Snehakoodu’ and the ‘Amma’ (mother) who feed them with delicious food. Nisha and her ‘Snehakkoodu’ have taken up a noble mission - providing food for the hungry amid lockdown.
During the lockdown, Nisha and her voluntary group 'Snehakoodu’ distributed over 18,000 food packets to those who struggled to find food. Apart from lunch, breakfast, sambharam and tea are also served to the needy.
Police officials, health workers and other employees in essential service sectors have also received food from 'Snehakoodu’.
A police woman described Nisha as "the goddess who serves food to the starving people."
Nisha and 'Snehakoodu’ volunteers have distributed over 10,000 face masks, food packets and food grains kit etc free. It is reported that they have spent over Rs 10 lakh to serve the people amid lockdown.
Nisha, a humanitarian
Nisha has been looking after 17 elderly men and women at Abhaya Mandiram, which was established three years ago.
Every year, she constructs a house for the poor. So far, she has sponsored the wedding expenditure of 7 girls, including an inmate at Abhaya Mandiram.
Financial assistance for medical care, educational support for poor children and ventures to create job opportunities are also included in Nisha’ s humanitarian works.
Nisha and her group has never let anyone starve in Kottayam. During hartal and festival days, food packets are distributed to the needy in the town. Free breakfast is distributed to people in Kottayam Medical College Hospital twice a week.
When the floods ravaged the state during the last two years, Nisha had distributed 1,000 food packets each day. With an aim to make women self-sufficient, free tailoring classes were organised for 700 women.
Revenue for humanitarian works
People used to donate funds to 'Snehakoodu’ during occasions like birthday, wedding, wedding anniversary, house-warming etc. This makes up the major share of the revenue.
To raise income, the volunteers carry out cleaning works at offices and houses with a machine. The income from this is also contributed to meet the expenditure of social service.
The organization also runs a small 'Thattukada’ (street food shop) named ‘Kanjeem Kappem @ KL05’ . Volunteers in Abhaya Mandiram are working in the shop.
16 years of social service
Nisha, who was running a tailoring shop, started social service by helping some abandoned people near the Ettumanoor temple 16 years ago. She established two tailoring units to give employment to seven people. She finds time for social service along with the works at the tailoring units.
She always reserves a part of her income for social service. As the expenditure on the humanitarian services crossed the limit, Nisha started seeking help from kind-hearted people through social media.
Six years ago, Nisha registered her social service group as a charitable trust to continue humanitarian works.