‘Care givers spread hope’

Updated - November 14, 2015 05:39 am IST

Published - November 14, 2015 12:00 am IST - Kozhikode

Kozhikode, Kerala, 13/11/2015: Fareed Shariff,(in red T- shirt) a US based industrial engineer and philanthropist, who recently visited the NEST interact with the differently abled children on its campus at Koyilandy ( to go with jabir's story)


Kozhikode, Kerala, 13/11/2015: Fareed Shariff,(in red T- shirt) a US based industrial engineer and philanthropist, who recently visited the NEST interact with the differently abled children on its campus at Koyilandy ( to go with jabir's story)


: Hugely “impressed” by the services carried out by NEST in palliative care and care for the differently abled children, Fareed Shariff, a U.S.-based industrial engineer and philanthropist who recently visited NEST, said this organisation was a model for the entire country. “There has to be something to support the most disadvantaged and the suffering people in society when the system is failing,” he said.

Charity, he said, is not just giving a few rupees. It is also about giving an hour or two of one’s life to make another person happy or even about paying a much needed visit to an ailing (sometimes terminally) person to help them have a bath that they have been longing for weeks. Most of the problems such people suffer, according to him, were not medical. “They are social and emotional too,” he said.

He said the house-visits the NEST volunteers undertake on a daily basis as part of their palliative care work were an unparalleled service. The involvement of the younger generation in NEST’s activities was another thing that overwhelmed Mr. Shariff. “I was touched when I came to know that there were even fifth and seventh grade students among volunteers.”

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