Chandra Mishra, a resident of Varanasi, has become a social media sensation for his unique approach to charity. Instead of giving alms to beggars, he has started a “Beggars Corporation” to help them earn a living and become self-sufficient. Mishra’s initiative began when he noticed that most beggars in his city were not homeless and had a fixed spot where they would beg daily. He realized that begging had become a profession for many people and that they needed a more sustainable way of making a living.
He started by approaching beggars and offering them small capital to start a business. However, he soon realized that many of them needed more skills or knowledge to run a business effectively. This led him to establish the Beggars Corporation, which would serve as a support system for beggars who wanted to become entrepreneurs.
The corporation provides training in various skills, including tailoring, welding, and embroidery. It also offers financial assistance to help beggars start their businesses. The corporation also has a team of volunteers who help beggars with their business plans, marketing strategies, and other aspects of entrepreneurship. Mishra’s approach is about providing financial assistance and empowering beggars to become self-sufficient. He aims to help them earn profits so they can invest back into their business and become self-sustainable. In his view, charity should be about giving money and empowering people to take control of their lives.
Many people, including local politicians and social activists, have praised Mishra’s initiative. His approach has also been widely shared on social media, where he has been hailed as an inspiration.
However, only some have been supportive of Mishra’s initiative. Some people have criticized him for encouraging begging and not doing enough to address the root causes of poverty. Mishra has defended his approach, arguing that it is a practical solution to help beggars who are already in the profession and need a way out.
Mishra’s initiative is not just about helping beggars but also about challenging our approach to charity. His approach is a departure from the traditional charity model, which often involves giving money or goods to needy people. Instead, he advocates for a more sustainable approach that empowers people to take control of their lives. His approach also challenges the notion of charity as a one-way transaction. He believes that charity should be a two-way street, where both the giver and the receiver benefit. In his view, giving money to beggars only perpetuates their dependency and does not address the root causes of poverty. By helping beggars become self-sufficient, he is not just helping them but also challenging our approach to charity.
Mishra’s initiative has the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of beggars in Varanasi and beyond. By empowering them to become entrepreneurs, he is helping them to break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient. His approach is a powerful reminder that charity is about giving money and empowering people to take control of their lives.