The city of Chennai in India experienced one of the worst monsoons in over a 100 years, with daily life coming to a standstill in December when thousands were stranded without homes, food or supplies.
During those chaotic weeks, Chennai’s local heroes emerged, battling nature’s fury with resilience and determination to keep the capital city alive.
This is one such story of a man who cooked for four days non-stop without sleep to prepare 170,000 food boxes for people in need. At first, Santosh Muruganantha, who owns a take-out restaurant, was preparing all the food himself, but word spread in the community and help arrived in droves.
He not only wanted to feed people, he organized the army of 300 volunteers–college students, elderly folks, and wealthy businessmen–to put together one thousand personal care kits for people in remote villages who weren’t receiving aid yet– and then deliver them.
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“80 percent of the credit goes to Milaap contributors,” said Santhosh, describing the funding he received from the micro-lending organization that collects small loans from citizens across the world to benefit the poor in Africa and Asia.
Eventually, Muruganantha did allow himself to go home and sleep, a new hero to the people of the Tamil Nadu region.
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