Anmol Kwatra from Ludhiana has completed his BBA but has dedicated his life to his social work. Despite coming from a business family, he has set aside dreams of becoming a businessman to satisfy his childhood passion of helping the needy. He started helping people and community service six years back but now he has an NGO called ‘We do not accept money or things’.
Due to popular perceptions that NGOs in recent years have started becoming business oriented, Anmol was initially apprehensive of taking forward his idea. However, his supportive parents and his own willpower and commitment erased all doubts. To make sure that the organization is the best of its kind, the twenty-one-year-old entirely runs himself to fulfill his passion to work for the needy in reality.
It all started with an initial study which followed him starting ‘We do not accept money or things’ three months back. Even though Anmol works alone, his organization has 20,000-25000 registered members already.
‘We do not accept money or things’ believes in working closely with the needy and the donors. That’s why if donors want to help, they have to meet the needy and donate the money. The main focus of the organization lies in cases that deal with children up to the age of 13, however, there have been exceptional cases where doors have been opened for bigger ages.
When Anmol comes across a case, he visits the person claiming to be in need to inspect the genuineness of the case. Out of a 100, 95 cases are fraud most of the time according to Anmol. People pretend to be poor and needy to get money which is why he has to go and analyze the situation himself.
His inspections are stretched over a maximum of 24 hours after which Anmol arranges meeting for the donors and the needy between 24-48 hours. However, there can be delays which can stand as significant challenges to the organizations. There are times when due to the urgency of the case, donors are not available. At times, some do not turn up. Anmol explains his occasional struggles with donors for the cases. Over time, he has helped children struggling in schools that lack resources, mothers and children struggling to make it through a day’s meal and people who were in immediate need of medical treatment.
“I receive around 2000-2500 calls daily from across the country. That comprises of nearly 200 cases daily. But it is disappointing that we are unable to help every cases due to lack of resources and geographical barriers,” he explains. “In some cases, I have made a list of donors from other states and arrange to connect them with the needy. If a case comes from Ludhiana, I personally check everything. But if the case comes from outside Ludhiana, I select the most trustworthy donor and give the responsibility to analyze the case.”