How We Start

I was born in Ahmedabad and soon after my birth I was taken to Nepal as majority of my family lives there. My father and mother used to work here as a daily wager and as a maid. At the age of five I was brought back to the city and as I came here I realized that our financial condition is very bad and my parents are doing odd jobs to run the family. Later I was enrolled in a government school and one fine day I needed some money for school project but I knew that my parents won’t be able to provide me funds for the same so I decided to do some odd job and earn money from the same. At the age of six, money was the only important thing for me so I started doing a job of a rag picker in the city. I worked as a rag picker for few weeks but later my parents found out and advised me to not do such odd jobs but I didn’t listen to them and would always do rag-picking whenever I would need money. This went on for many years and in those years, I did many odd jobs, from selling tea at a tea stall to working as a child labor at a biscuit factory and for many nights I have slept at railway stations and footpaths. While doing such jobs I realized that my studies are suffering so I decided to leave all the jobs and started doing night shifts as a waiter in the restaurants and hotels where I would go to school in day and work as a waiter at night. This routine went on for many years and in this process, I went on from becoming a simple waiter to a manager at the restaurant and also cleared my 12th grade exams and enrolled myself in the Bachelors course. Meanwhile I got an interest to volunteer in NGO and started working for the betterment of the society. While going through these experiences and meeting different people, I realized one thing that it is very important to learn to speak, write and understand English and luckily, I met few volunteers of Teach for India Campaign. I expressed my desire to work with them and learn English by working with them and soon I got selected to work with the Teach for India for 11 months and believe me it totally changed my perspective towards life. I realized that If I can educate myself and progress in life then I can help others do the same. I decided that I wanted to create opportunities for others like me and that is how I started Panah Foundation. We at Panah Foundation empower workers and provide opportunities to children of laborers and give them benefits of the government schemes. This was my life story, from earning 2 rupees at the age of six as a rag-picker to running an NGO with many centers and having more than 800 members and having a turnover of more than 2 lac, I have come a long way.

Any Message?


Help and Hard work always pays off. So work hard and help others, it will pay you in the long run.”

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