Imphal: The COVID-19 pandemic has amply brought out the human side of society while helping and reaching out to the underprivileged people. One such story is that of 25-year-old cyclist Rohan Philem, who along with his few friends, has been lending a helping hand to the homeless people in Imphal and feeding them.
According to Philem, the team has been providing food to the homeless persons, including drug addicts and differently-abled, for the past three months on a daily basis.
In the wake of continued lockdown where everyone is concerned about security, including food, job and source of income, this section of homeless persons is among the most affected, said Philem, whose mission is to connect the unheard voices of people, especially the differently-abled.
These youths are taking initiative and feeding at least 20 to 30 homeless people every day from their pocket money. They raised some funds by selling T-shirts under the ‘Cycling for Humanity’ banner, without the involvement of any NGO or organisation.
Team Zoe Lamb, a group of Christian youths, has been preparing the food while the ‘Çycling for Humanity’ team has been delivering them to the homeless, added Philem.
Despite the team facing difficulties over free movement since the second lockdown was announced in Manipur from July 23, they continued to deliver the food to the homeless while following the protocols and precautionary measures.
“The number of homeless is less in Manipur compared to other states. However, it is high time for the state government to take some action and help these distressed homeless as we can see other states have been taking initiatives and helping the needy,” said Philem.
The youths have also urged the government and other organisations to look into the situation and feed the homeless.