NARAYANAN KRISHNAN: Helping the helpless in Madurai, India
As I watched his story, I heard a ring of truth. This man is my kind of superhero, he was able to break through thousands of years of cultural conditioning. He saw mentally ill and starving people on the street and chose to change the course of his life and take care of them. He feeds, loves and provides a home for the destitute in his home town, Madurai, India. Currently he provides for 450 people on a daily basis and has plans to expand to serve more if enough of us choose to help him.
From the Akshaya Trust website:
“With a degree in hand and future in sight, Narayanan was on his way to be an award-winning chef at a 5-star restaurant in Switzerland.
All it took to change his plans forever was a walk on the streets of his home town of Madurai, India. It was then that he was taken aback by an elderly man lying on the side of the road. This man was starving and filthy. Narayanan reached out to this old man who placed his frail, wrinkled dirty hand upon his. This was a defining moment.
Narayanan decided in this moment that helping this man and those in need would be a life well-lived, providing him the happiness and fulfillment he had yet to experience until this moment.”
Today, the Akshaya Trust that Narayanan founded provides safety and rehabilitation for humans cast off by the rest of society.