‘Robin Hoods’ fight hunger, illiteracy

AHMEDABAD: As youths in their late twenties started collecting kids from a slum near Corporate Road in Prahladnagar on Sunday evening, many more looked on along with their mothers to gather what was going on.

Soon after, their number swelled to 100 from one-year-old kids to 16-year-olds on the other side of the road where the volunteers in green T-shirts sort them according to their ages and give them donated clothes and stationary. The fanfare, however, doesn’t end without a ‘class’ where the toddlers learn to read and write while having fun.

The ‘Robin Hood Army’, an organization of volunteers having more than 6,700 members in over 30 Indian cities, has made a foray into Ahmedabad with 30-odd members. All the members are businessmen or professionals bound by the cause to bring about change. All the initiatives are zero-budget, said members.Mohit Arora, one of the coordinators of the Ahmedabad group, said that he got to know about the organization when he was working in Hyderabad and started volunteering. « When I shifted to Ahmedabad, I found that many were active here also in their personal capacities, » he said.In other cities the organization primarily collaborates with restaurants and eateries to donate surplus cooked food that can be distributed to the less-privilege. Now, in this city, they have started initiating partnerships. Thus, the focus is on education and donation of clothes and stationary.

Source: TimesofIndia

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