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When we talk about humanity, there can be various perspectives to look at it. The most straightforward way to understand humanity is this simple definition – everything that makes you human can be considered a part of humanity. This can be love, hope, faith, fear, and much more. All these attributes are a part of humanity because you experience them regularly while living your life.

The Pride of Humanity awards 2021 initiated by Take Care International Foundation are being held in the hope to recognize outstanding humanitarian services and positive actions by individuals. The Pride of Humanity award recognizes the world’s most influential and accomplished humanitarian workers from all walks of life.

Now we have the tale of Munirathnam from Vellore who got into the Indian army at the age of 19 and served from 1981 to 2000. He has in the infantry wing and has been part of various operations during his tenure. After retirement he had the zeal to do service to the needy and wanted to help and got the idea of helping the poor people of his own. During the Covid time he has achieved a feat of feeding 60,000 people. 

He teamed up with Sreemathi Kesan, who helped people to provide food for homeless people in Chennai at areas like Nungamabkkam, Egmore and the surrounding areas. His works continued even during the 2nd wave of pandemic. Each day atleast 40-60 people would be benefited from the provided food paclets. He received help from volunteers who were his friends and friends of friends who helped in preparing, packing as well as distribution of food packets to the needy people. They took so much effort by preparing different dishes each day and made sure that the quality was like home made food while getting delivered to the people. The whole initiative was done individually without the help of any NGO support. 

They have used a renovated car shed for the cooking purpose and the food packets were getting dispatched from that place to the people in Nungambakkam. The process starts early morning by purchasing the vegetables and other essentials cooking items from Koyambedu after which the cooking process starts. To add more hands to their effort, they started distributing the food packets to the police who would give it to the hungry people while they are patrolling and thus their service places expanded to areas like High Court, Ambattur, Egmore and other such places. Mr. Munirathnam would like to encourage people to do some work to stay healthy and strong during the pandemic time.

Pride of Humanity being an initiative to acknowledge humanitarian workers, your contribution towards the wellbeing of society was nothing less than a moment of appreciation. We hope nothing but the best for your future endeavors and hope that this award stands as a stepping stone for you to continue in this path of kindness and giving and always lead as a humanitarian worker. Once again congratulations! We feel proud of your service towards society!

Honourable Awardee