I'm Mohammad Siraj, hailing from the slums of Titagarh in West Bengal. I have been grown up witnessing drunk men gambling away their money and beating up their wives and children. I have been realized at a very young age that there is something different in me, who desperately wants to bring a positive change and impact lives. It is said that charity begins at home and I have been doing exactly that. Way back in 2006, I started off by being a Children’s Group member of a non-governmental organization that was working for the betterment of the children and the community in my area. With effective leadership skills, I evolved to become a part of the Youth Group and then the leader of the Youth Group. This gave me a wide variety of opportunities to represent the issues of slum and street dwelling children in various national forums.
I participated in a live debate show at "Lok Sabha TV" on the issue of communal peace and harmony and represented West Bengal at the prestigious forum. There was no end to the difficulties, faced on the path of doing social work to transform people’s lives. I had unending financial problems which was a cause of delay in my higher education. I knew that I had to earn to support my family. But my dedication towards social work has been so strong that I was not ready to give up this passion. I have started to volunteer with non-governmental organizations in the day and worked for caterers and in factories at night to financially support my family. Hard work sooner or later gets one sweet fruit, and that is what exactly I have achieved through labor, love, and dedication towards social work. I have been actively working as a volunteer and community leader with various organizations at the state and national level to address matters of children, community, hunger, and ecology. I have been tirelessly working at the grass-root level to generate awareness on the Sustainable Development Goals. I am also the founder of ‘Pahchan Foundation’ which has had a tremendous impact on the lives of more than 200 children since its inception in 2017. Through ‘Pahchan’ I am trying to ensure that no child goes without education and every child has access to education. I do not want children to grow up facing the difficulties that I did as a child.
I have applied for "The Social Volunteer Award 2020" from the Institute of Social Volunteering, Kerala. However, I necessitate visiting ISV in Kerala where the award ceremony is going to be held. Total traveling expenses is going to around INR. 22,000. Please help me in raising funds so that I can take the award to my home.
I and my whole team at Pahchan Foundation are looking for your support ❤️
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