This mumbaikar is not less than a super hero who feeds thousands everyday also known as Beach warrior on a mission to clean all beaches and riverfronts in the country.
Chinu Jeet Kwatra: I am blessed to be born in a middle class family and enjoyed my childhood.
I always wanted to be in army or navy so I could serve the nation but being the elder and pampered child in family I was not allowed to do so, my life used to revolve around my parents and younger brother so when I was in standard 10th due to financial crises my mother started her own dhaba in mulund to take responsibility of entire family at that time I understood the situation and started helping my mother in dhaba along with teaching my friends.
I have done MBA in finance and subsequently pursued pg diploma in marketing from wellingkar institute so this way I have completed my dual MBA by attending college on weekdays and weekends.
In 2014 before my final exams of MBA, I lost love of my life in a terrible accident and was completely shattered due to which I was in severe depression and tried committing suicide twice but failed.
One day I told my mom about this suicidal thoughts but she challenged me to go out and work for other people and realize the dreams of my late girlfriend.
Later in 2017 after working for more than 3 years in corporate, I decided to quit my job completely and dedicate myself towards serving people and my Ngo, for personal living I thought to start my own business into ecofriendly products.
Currently we are running projects like Beach Warriors,Roti Ghar, M.A.R.D( Menstration a right to discuss), Project Pathshala, Naari Pathshala and Roti Ghar for Animals.
Spread happiness by favoring one child at a time:
Roti Ghar was started by khushiyaan foundation is feeding nutritious food to 1000 children daily;
Our aim is to feed children and women nutrional meal every day, these kids and women live in tiny huts in slums surrounding the dumping ground where they have minimal access or no access to food at times.
Their meal consists of dal rice and pickle and some days with piece of cake or gulab jamun.
People can make contribution during special occasions such as birthday anniversaries or in memory of any loved one, a small contribution of Rs 35/- covers the cost of a meal, we cut the cake and even send videos and photos to donors, the donors can join us too during the celebrations.
The food is cooked in centralized kitchen, besides we have network with vendors for vegetables and food grains which help us to buy quality ingredients in bulk at reasonable cost.
We started cleanliness sessions too, we ensure they wash their hands before eating, pray before eating and finish their food. Children are asked to bring their own steel plates to avoid disposable garbage, we want to change their lives and make them better individual.
Beach Warriors on a Mission:
Mumbai’s beaches are covered in trash while most people just complain, we initially started a one day campaign ‘Save the Ganesha’ it was evident that we need volunteers for this, there was a professor of mines from ‘wellingkars’ college who saw the post about cleanup drive, so she got interested and supported us at each step, she told me,‘chinu this is not one day initiative and you have to take this further’.
Dadar beach was nothing more than an open dump yard, I realized this is not a one time or one Sunday process; since then I made it a regular process.
I have a team of over 1500 volunteers and we call ourselves Beach Warriors, we have also earned place in limca book of records by mopping 200 tonnes of garbage in worli fort area.
Change has been noticed, but people have to be more responsible since city like Mumbai is progressing every minute, it’s a positive sign.
Having cleared almost 2500 tonnes of garbage till date, I am confident that we will be able to make every beach in country clean and beautiful.
Started in 2017 where our focus is to empower women and educate them in such a way that they can handle basic form filling documentation so they never get conned.
There is another segment in Naari Shakti programme called as M.A.R.D Menstruation a right to discuss constantly encourages men and women both to step out and talk; initially we encounter shyness and hesitation but we make sure they are aware of it so we distribute biodegradable sanitary napkins, we have reached out to more than 2000 women in interiors of Thane Airoli and Borivali.
Our Ngo has also introduced alternative of sanitary napkins like menstrual cups in chawls and societies of Mumbai.
Menstruation is nothing but a very normal biological phenomenon and adolescent girls and women should understand that they have the power of procreation only by this virtue.
My biggest dream is to see India gain the tag of ‘Developed Nation’.
We salute the spirit of individuals like Chinu and every volunteer who is trying to bring back the divinity of our beaches and who are paving the way for more Indians and inspiring them to tackle the grave hunger problem in every way they can.
Mumbai is proud of you!!
If chinus story inspired you get intouch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp him on 9769181218, follow roti ghar on facebook @rotighar official and on insta at rotigharindia.
(Written by Raavya Sarda)