“Help people even when you know they cant help you back.”
Team One Foundation, a Non Governmental Organisation based in Silchar did justice to this statement by helping the poor cobbler Sankar Rabidas by gifting him with a bicycle and a cow and its calf.
Sankar Rabidas, a cobbler who resides in Dwarbond, Assam used to travel 10-12 km everyday to Irongmara where he ran his source of bread-butter, his roadside shop where he used to mend people’s shoes and boots. He often used rented bicycle to reach his place of work which made him pay a rent of Rs. 30 per day. He stays with his brother in a house which was found to be in a pathetic condition. His wife died some years back and all of his 3 daughters live with their in-laws.
Usually Sankar’s main customers were the students of Assam University but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the students were not able to visit the university and eventually Sankar lost his customers and his economic condition degraded further with his daily income not even exceeding Rs. 20 per day sometimes. Being a cobbler he hardly earned anything and this pandemic worsened the situation for him.
Team One Foundation’s Dwarbond wing came across his severe situation and decided to offer help. The General Secretary and founder Member of the NGO, Arijit Goswami said,”We, at Team One Foundation as a part of our commitment of serving the poor, have considered buying him a bicycle so that atleast, he could avoid spending on his daily travel. We asked our esteemed members to come forward and contribute towards the cause and bring smile on his face.”
Within a short period of time, the team managed to collect a sum of Rs. 50000 /- with the help of the members. A bicycle and a cow with its calf was handed over to Sankar at a small function in Dwarbond on 26th August, 2020, in the presence of President of Team One Foundation, I.B.Ubhadia; General Secretary, Arijit Goswami and Vice-President, Debojyoti Ghosh. Dwarbond Police Station Incharge, Monoj Rajbongshi also graced the giveaway programme by his presence with team One Foundation Health wing Incharge, Niptu Paul.
Team One Foundation’s Dwarbond wing Executive Members, Ajoy Deb, Dharmendra Tiwari, Deborshi Dey, Sandip Yadav arranged the whole event successfully, and the whole team of One Foundation proved that helping one person might not change the whole world but it could definitely change the world for one person.