My name is Moses Kotrike and I am a pastor and a project coordinator at an NGO that works in Nalasopara. Being a pastor, I advise and counsel people who come to church and to the NGO. We help all sorts of underprivileged people, ranging from illiterate/uneducated people to women and children who have been commercially/sexually exploited. I feel extremely blessed and grateful for everything that I have been given and this feeling of gratitude pushes me to help others. After being a social worker for over 25 years, I have concluded that my passion is to help people. Thus, my life is dedicated to making the world a brighter, better place for those in unfortunate circumstances.
When the lockdown was announced, I could not go to work anymore and was wondering what to do, when the perfect solution fell into my lap. I am on a WhatsApp chat group regarding social concerns and somebody sent out a message about Project Mumbai and what they were planning to do. Being a workaholic with suddenly available free time and a social worker, I knew right away, that I had to join. I saw details of Project Mumbai’s work and noticed that they helped everyone indiscriminately and this made me more inclined to volunteer with them. Thus, I joined the team and have been working with them since the start of Mumbai’s lockdown.
My job includes delivering groceries and other essential items to people who cannot leave the house or are unable to fetch their necessities due to any reason. I am aware of the risk included in being outside my house and interacting with so many people, but I continue because I can, unlike the people I am helping. And being so bold has its benefits; in the form of the gratitude of the people I help. Once I delivered to a family and ‘haat jodke,’ they said thanks. Such an exceedingly simple gesture moved me so much. Knowing that I have helped someone and make their life easier generates a feeling of unfiltered joy and satisfaction, both of which are incomparable.
I feel extremely glad to have found Project Mumbai and meet other volunteers, and people who go out of their way to help others. It has been a wonderful journey with these volunteers, who I consider angels, and I hope to continue making a difference to people’s lives.