Techie feeds over 200 strays in Bengaluru every day | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Kamala S Karan starts his day by providing food to stray dogs and other animals in his locality, Banaswadi, and other parts of the city. Since May, when Covid-19 cases had surged, the 39-year-old techie, along with others, has been feeding 200 to 250 animals daily.
BENGALURU: Kamala S Karan starts his day by providing food to stray dogs and other animals in his locality, Banaswadi, and other parts of the city. Since May, when Covid-19 cases had surged, the 39-year-old techie, along with others, has been feeding 200 to 250 animals daily.
Kamala, a system administrator at IBM India, carries out initiatives through Service For Humans, an organisation he founded, and company task force groups. He is joined by colleague Sunil Yadav and Service for Humans volunteers Shyam Sundar and Kiran Kumar. Together, they cook 15kg of rice and chicken every day and drive around the city to feed strays. They have covered almost every locality in Bengaluru.
The efforts, which cost nearly Rs 1,000 daily, are supported by donations from IBM employees and Kamala’s group.
During the lockdown, they also fed fruits to monkeys in Chikkaballapur. “Monkeys are generally given food by tourists or devotees near temples. When everything was shut, I wanted to make sure they didn’t go hungry,” he said. The volunteers started this drive with 150kg of bananas and smaller quantities of mangoes, guavas, watermelons and apples. “But I noticed that monkeys were more interested in mangoes, so we began taking 150kg of mangoes along with other fruits,” he said. Each visit cost Rs 4,000.
Kamala’s efforts landed him the title of ‘Covid Hero’ at his workplace. He has worked with a company task force to help people in need of medicines, beds and other assistance. He distributed more than 700 grocery kits to the poor. With the help of government officials and NGOs, he arranged a vaccination drive for frontline workers.
Kamala has also supplied more than 400 grocery kits to orphanages and marginalised communities and over 1,000 home-cooked meals. He fed strays even during the first wave of Covid.
He contracted the infection in April this year, but that only motivated him to do more. After recovering, he resumed social service. “My children — 11-year-old son and four-year-old daughter — are always around when we are packing the food and even insist on accompanying me,” he said.