A difficult childhood teaches a businessman from Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, to give back to the community
Express press service
KURNOOL: Veera Sekhar is a businessman from Kurnool. He is in real estate, finance, settlements, and runs a PDS ration store. However, the 35-year-old is popular for another reason: he helps the poor and orphans in every way possible.
Through a volunteer organization, “Friends Society”, which he started in 2003, he donates clothes, rice and other necessities to the poor. In addition to donations, it devotes at least 20% of its income to service activities.
“I am the only child of my daily bettor parents. My parents wanted to send me to school, but unfortunately my father passed away shortly after completing class 10 at a local public school in Kurnool. After that, I was forced to do day labor to help my mother run the family,” Sekhar recalls.
Coming from a poor family, he understands how difficult poverty can be. “Several families, especially those in the slum, are not even able to provide food for their children. I understand their situation,” Sekhar said.
During the peak of the COVID pandemic, he helped around 50,000 people overcome the crisis. Even today, he distributes basic necessities to 2,000 families every month. “I know the value of education. I organize education awareness camps in the slums to motivate people to send their children to school,” he said.
He regularly visits orphans’ homes, retirement homes, schools in slums and helps people financially.