Succeeding From The Clutches Of Life’s Hardships, This Doctor Is Now Training Underprivileged Kids

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American historian Howard Zinn once said, “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” Very few continue to live these lines. Those who do, make us question ourselves on the share of responsibility we have as fellow human beings. Dr Dhetchenamoorthy is one of the examples of such people.

Break the Shackles, Conquer Your Dreams !

Coming from a humble family background, Dr Dhetchenamoorthy’s father earned a paltry sum, and his mother was a housewife.  Since childhood, his ambition was to become a doctor. On the other side, he was also aware that studies and marks are his only weapon to live his dreams. 

He passed his entire schooling from the nearest Tamil medium public school in his town. Amid severe financial constraints, he passed with flying colours, thereby fulfilling his dream of becoming a medico, enrolling in Tanjore medical college with an excellent score. 

“Never introduced to English medium until college, wore torn clothes to school, struggled harsh realities of life. When kids witness someone being successful out of these things they complain about, they derive enormous courage to dream something magnanimous,” Dr Moorthy exclaims. 

Dr Dhetchenamoorthy

Since his graduation days, Moorthy was determined to motivate students like him to make sure they chase their dreams. During his college vacations at his hometown where he took motivational sessions for the children of public schools. His talk is paced with hard-hitting words of courage and strength to encourage children to dream big.

Using Thy Strength For A Cause

After completing his graduation in 2005, Moorthy wished to expand his work to more students. He contacted his school alumni and gathered more doctors, lawyers and professionals from his batch to start a group named “Thisaigal” (Directions]”. Together they had a long journey for the past 15 years grooming 1000’s of kids.

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Regular motivation and counselling sessions for students across the town was their primary work. Their efforts yielded results reflecting on student’s academic records. Some students turned up to special counselling sessions too.

Booklet On Career Guidance

Though the advent of the internet is remarkable, rural kids in India are still not aware of the varied career options available for them. Vast knowledge on innovative spheres of job and employment plays a vital role in empowering them for the future. 

Dhakshana Moorthy

To make children aware, Moorthy and his team of Thisaigal has prepared a booklet detailing the scholarships and entrance exams available for students from economically weak backgrounds. This encapsulates career opportunities in every stream and explains the ways and means to graduate with scholarships. It also carries information about all leading universities, colleges, including foreign institutes, and corresponding courses they provide. Loan processing and benefits are also discussed in-depth to educate kids on financial aid

To encourage sports among children, Thisaigal along with Indian Medical Association (IMA) and other NGOs is making free sports coaching available to the kids. The coaching is guided by the first Tamil woman to win a medal at Asian Games Shanthi Soundarajan. 

Free NEET Coaching Classes

Out of all initiatives shouldered, The milestone of Thisaigal is yet to be quoted!!

In 2018, Thisaigal started NEET coaching programme “SIGARAM”, in collaboration with IMA. Reputed doctors and professors in various fields conduct classes for the children under this programme. 

SIGARAM is one of the very few coaching institutes in Tamilnadu to get the students trained by Doctors themselves. In its very first-year induction, nine students out of 52 got selected. In the next consecutive year, 17 out of 104 students passed out successfully. With wholehearted involvement and motivation of students, classes are being conducted regularly in and around the town.

Nevertheless, Dr. Moorthy fulfills his professional duties as a service for people by various means!

As he continued, “Menstrual hygiene remains to be a very major reason for school dropouts, especially among adolescent girls in India. As an initial step to address this issue, we conduct videos sessions and clippings along with oral awareness sessions for menstrual hygiene”.

Dhakshana Moorthy

His group also conducts multiple health camps in villages to check the living conditions of people and to advise them of healthy living. With the efforts of IMA, Thisaigal and other health welfare associations a landmark result of ZERO Maternal mortality rate in the main town of Aranthangi, Pudukkottai was achieved. Being the town’s branch joint secretary of IMA, he is planning to undertake various health welfare initiatives across the town in the near future. 

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Every global crisis affects every country in a different way depending on their socio-economic background. The COVID 19 pandemic hit India straight in its gut. After the lockdown daily wage workers and people who are underprivileged have been rendered out of their jobs. This has ultimately pushed them to an acute financial crisis so much so that even being able to afford two meals a day has become impossible. While we all wait for normalcy to bring us back our sanity, the financially disadvantaged people on the streets are fighting both the pandemic and hunger.

In a scenario like so, a number of social groups have come forward to help in whatever way they can. One of the worst hit cities is Mumbai, where 5 lakh migrant workers, the homeless and underprivileged residents of slums and chawls, waiting endlessly for normalcy to return., an initiative by is cooking food and delivering them to those in dire need, every single day.

“” that was launched in the city of Mumbai on March 29th, is one of its kind people-driven movements that has been running hall and hearty by the people coming from all across. It is that classic example of solidarity where people from all backgrounds, cultural and social has come together to ensure that every mouth is fed.

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What’s different you ask? has built a capacity of preparing over a whopping 50000+ meals on a daily basis by activating the closed kitchens on several Mumbai routes. Pathik Muni, who has been particularly invested in the mission says, “ We crowdsource demand on hunger pockets and then map it to supply-side by activating closed kitchens. Our partner NGO “Project Mumbai” with reach to the relevant stake holders in Government departments helps us facilitate permissions to activate these closed Kitchens with a turn around of 24 hours. Parallelly we raise funds to map the demand.”

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Areas of food distribution in Mumbai

The food that is prepared is not just hygienic but also fits the calorie count that is sufficient for a person to get him through the day. Every meal consists of daal-rice, aloo-sabzi, chole rotis, veg pulav etc. has a volunteer-driven collective drive in various areas of Mumbai where people in large numbers have come forward to contribute in the many ways possible. So far the initiative has covered the Bandra to Dahisar route on Western Express Highway, Sion to CST and underprivileged pockets between Mankurd to Kurla on Eastern Express Highway, Juhu to Dahisar on Linking road, a cluster of 1100 labor camps near Mumbai Central and a part of Dharavi Slums.

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Food distribution areas  in Mumbai by

  1. To beggars & homeless
    • below the flyovers between Bandra to Dahisar on Western Express Highway,
    • between Juhu to Dahisar on Link road
    • below the flyovers between Ghatkopar to CST
    • under privileged pockets between Mankurd to Kurla.on Eastern Express Highway,
  2. To labour camps
    • a cluster of 1100 labour camp near Mumbai Central
    • a cluster of 3000 labour camp near Govandi
    • a cluster of 2000 labour camp near Mahul
    • a cluster of 750 labour camp in Colaba
  3. Parts of Dharavi Slums towards Cotton Green.
  4. Over 5000 meals in labour camps at various location identified and provided by the Assistant Commissioner,
  5. Serving food to over 5000 meals in Worli and Bandra on request of the local MLA and Corporator.

Immense demand of food in next 10 days

The intent of the movement is to continue the drive of feeding the needy in these difficult times at least until the lockdown is lifted by the government. However, as the days are proceeding, initiative has identified more and more hunger pockets as a result of which the demand for food is just rising since the time it started. To give a perspective of the recently emerged roadblock, Pathik says, “Nine days back, we started with 1200 meals and we are already catering a demand of 40,000+ as of today. We have corporate donors for most of our requirement, but as the demand for food is rising, we are now looking to feed 5000 people in next 10 days, which turns out to be 1,00,000 meals. Therefore we need to now raise a sum of Rs 25,00,000/- which is huge and we really need the support of more people.”

To raise the funds, initiative has come together with Efforts For Good and The Logical Indian to share this concern with our community members because as a citizen-driven movement, the initiative needs more and more people to come forward and a set a sum aside to keep the initiative going in its full glory so that there are no impediments coming in the way of feeding every mouth in these difficult times. Additionally, one can also contribute by sharing the word with friends and families. COVID 19 is difficult for all, the least we can do is to contribute so that the struggle to cope up with the pandemic does not add up to the struggle to cope up with hunger as well.

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