Born and brought up in Baranagar, Kolkata, Deb Kumar had battled many hardships while growing up. His family of 4 was a well-to-do family until a road accident left his father paralyzed for life. To support the family and finance his father’s treatment, Deb Kumar’s mother started teaching. Meanwhile, his brother developed serious mental health issues and had to be sent to a mental health facility for treatment. But nothing deterred him and he was able to set up his own business and turn it profitable. Since his childhood, Deb always wanted to help the elderly people in need. He was finally in a financial position to fulfil his wish in 2015 when he started feeding a group of homeless elderly people every day in front of his house. Today, he feeds over 300 poor elderly people every day.
For around 300 such seniors who cannot afford a care home in Kolkata, Deb Kumar Mallick is nothing less than a savior. “I have found so many seniors starving on the streets, or even inside their lonely homes because their children have left them forever,” he says. Deb Kumar is supported by a strong network of 64 dedicated volunteers who assist him in delivering the food packages to the elderly, twice a day. Many of the volunteers are employees at Deb’s business, some are his friends and others have simply come forward to support him. Alongside the meals, Deb Kumar maintains two cars for medical emergency, which take ailing seniors to the hospital whose treatment cost he bears until recovery. He also provides funeral service at just Re. 1 for homeless seniors, who have no one to bid them the final farewell with dignity.
Source: The Better India
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