Doctor who runs free tiffin service for the elderly aims to build a home for themThink Change India
Dr Uday Modi, who belongs to Amreli, Gujarat, feeds over 200 old people in Bhayander, Mumbai, on a daily basis. He's now keen to build an old-age home that welcomes people abandoned by their children.
To many, Mumbai is the original City of Dreams. But one morning, Uday Modi, a resident of Bhayander, woke up to a nightmarish situation. A stranger, aged about 70, knocked at his door, seeking money to support his ill wife. Moved by this incident, Uday decided to start a home for the elderly that very day.
Today, Dr Uday Modi has dedicated his life to people who have been abandoned by their children. He spends his own money to feed over 200 elderly people every day. He is working in collaboration with local caterers to help cook and pack the food.
Uday is also working towards building Dikra nu Ghar, a home for them. The doctor says:
“We have two tempo and four dealer vans that help in transporting these tiffins all around the locality. I work as an artist in serials and TV shows. My additional income, along with help and support from family and friends, suffices. However, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to help more people every day.”
The tiffins that these beneficiaries are given usually contain six chapatis and a curry along with dal and rice. Sundays are special; therefore a home-made dessert and farsan (a Gujarati savoury snack) are also part of the tiffin, says a post by Milaap.
Uday is joined by his wife and teenage children who support him for the cause. Every month, he spends close to Rs 3 lakh just to ensure regular food supply. He has started a crowdfunding platform to take the cause further but his undeterred motivation to help others is what keeps him going. He says,
“My chest swells with pride when my kids come back and give me tiny bits of their savings for the seva. Lots of people come forward and support; I am sure it will go on. I want to build a Dikra nu Ghar for these old people, a home that will be like their own son's place, where everything is taken care of, not just food.”