It was the kindness of a stranger (Murukan S) that put a roof over Murugan’s head, who had lived many years of his childhood on the streets of Kochi while scavenging through garbage to fill his stomach.
When he could finally manage to fend for himself, he decided to return the favour by embarking on a lifelong mission to ensure that the homeless in his city will have someone to care for them.
Through his organisation, Theruvora Pravarthaka Association, Murugan has rescued thousands of homeless children, elderly and ailing people from across Kerala over the last two decades and has given them a sense of dignity that even the state government failed to provide.
“No matter how big one is in their social standing, one thing most people forget is that we do not bring anything with us when we are born, nor do we take anything when we die. The few years that we have on this Earth should be one that leaves behind an impact, and I believe that can be achieved by caring for our fellow beings—especially those who have no one.
It is perhaps the best way to give back to the planet, which has given us everything for our sustenance. In this age of smartphones and social media, everyone is ready to preach but never willing to practice. Let’s us all strive together to change that and make the world more compassionate through caring and sharing.”