We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.
For this edition, we have the story of Akshay Kothawale, an auto-rickshaw driver, who saved money for his marriage but postponed the ceremony due to the Covid lockdown. He used that money and more to feed migrant labourers and those in distress.
“While working as an auto-rickshaw driver, I could save around Rs 2 lakh (2,600 USD) for my marriage, which was scheduled on May 25. But, due to the lockdown extension, we thought it would not be appropriate to have the ceremony now, so my fiancee and I decided to postpone the marriage,” he said.
During the lockdown, Kothawale was pained to see several poor people, specially migrant labourers, facing hardships due to no work and no income.
“I saw several people on roads who could not even afford to have one meal and were struggling to survive. I and some of my friends then thought of doing something to help the daily wagers and needy people,” he said.
It is wonderful that humanity is alive and well during a pandemic (unlike the tropes in some dystopian movies and literature), and that people like Akshay are doing the best they can to help their fellow humans.
Social media and the news have tended to devolve in our current times, so it is heartwarming to note that many are reaching out with all they have. Tragically, Akshay lost his father to illness in the same period, but that did not deter him. He continued to help those in need.
What about you? What uplifting stories of humanity in action have seen during these uncertain covid times? Would you like to post details of how people can donate in various parts of the world to help those who need it the most?
This post was the latest installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.
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