KANNUR: Poverty, for many, may not be a factor to be reckoned with during celebrations. Nearly 50 destitute persons in and around this town, however, would never forget this Christmas, thanks to the charity initiative of three MBA students here who drove through the town to supply food packets to those who would otherwise have no special
relevance for this day.
H.C. Mahesh, Prijesh Merlin and A. Santhosh, students of the Institute of Co-operative Management at Parassinikkadavu here, thought that Christmas was the right occasion to launch their larger mission to contribute something for the society they come from. Providing lunch packets to 50 people on the Christmas day was not a big issue, they said adding that it was their first initiative as part of their plan to help the society in their own small ways.
Their mission on the Christmas day here recalled what Charles Dickens famously wrote that want is keenly felt at Christmas. Dickens wrote it in the context of the poverty in the newly industrialised England in the 19th century, but it is still relevant.
The three young men, who themselves come from financially backward background and, as they said, experienced poverty in their own way, wanted to keep the spirit of Christmas by showing kindness to the hapless and doing small personal sacrifices. A group of poor people they found near the Railway Station here were surprised when they distributed the food packets. They also distributed rice to a poor home run by a charity institution.
The students already had their stint in offering their services to others. They had started a soft skill training academy and offered training to nearly 1,000 students from poor backgrounds.
Their aim, according to them, was to equip the poor students to face the challenges and learn the skills required for getting employment and for higher education.