In Vadookara, Thrissur district, Kerala, every day from noon until 2 PM, a defunct bus shelter sees a steady stream of the homeless, sitting and eating the food being served by a group of friends.
Jaison and his wife Binu Mariya, Sreejith—an auto driver, Shine James—an ex-bus driver, V A Ismail—a workshop worker and two Remyas, one a housewife and the other a teacher have been providing hygienic food to street dwellers for two years.
On average between 175 to 200 people come to have food at the bus shelter daily. The team of volunteers comes together near Paul’s residence and prepares the food every day barring Sunday. The team’s main focus is on delivering hygienic, quality meals to the underprivileged.
Paul is a fruit seller and manages to keep aside some of the money for this initiative, showing us that if you truly want to bring a change, you will always find away.
The idea of providing home-cooked meals to the needy struck the group during one of the discussions and they started off with ‘puzhukku’, rice porridge.