It was last year when a US-based organization provided financial assistance in the field of health and education to about one lakh needy people of India. This organization has tried to make the children of these needy families financially strong. Today we are talking about that organization because it is the story of an NRI who left his city for education. This is the journey of NRI Syed Hussaini, who left his hometown Hyderabad in search of education and is today trying to reach out to the needy through this organization.
Travel from India to Texas
Syed completed his engineering studies in the year 1972. But they could not get employment due to lack of jobs in the city. In search of employment, he turned to western countries and also decided to get higher education. He completed his Masters in Engineering. After this he settled in the city of Dallas, Texas.
The Better India While talking to him, he said, “I have felt the poverty. There was a time when I had no money. At that time, the Nizam Charitable Trust had given me some money as a scholarship, through which I had booked the plane ticket. This is how I completed my education. If you don’t have the money and resources, it can be very difficult to become something.”
Staying in Dallas, he worked in the corporate world for the next 26 years. In 2007, at the age of 69, he decided to take retirement from the job. Had it not been for NRI Syed Hussaini’s financial help, his career lasting more than two decades would not have been possible. This thing remained in his mind forever.
What is the beginning of SEED and its purpose
Sayed said, “Many people in India do not get a chance to go to school due to financial constraints. I have seen very closely that the poorest person in the Indian society has to face many difficulties to meet the basic needs of shelter, food and medicine.”
To help the poor and underprivileged students, Syed Hussaini founded an organization called Support for Educational and Economic Development (SEED) in the US in 2009 along with like-minded people. This organization is registered by the US Government. Since the initial days, this organization is getting financial help from the people. About this NRI Syed Hussaini says, “All this has been possible due to the unity of the community, I am just a medium.”
As a charitable trust, this organization is working to improve the lives of students as well as others from the Indian community settled in western countries. Syed Hussaini said that at present, various programs are being run by the organization. He says, “Our aim is to help poor children go to school so that they can help them earn a livelihood in future. It is the responsibility of the organization to take care of the basic needs of the people and enable the youth to complete their education.”
Is it legal to take such money from abroad?
This organization spreads its word to the people through different mediums of media and in this way many people donate and it helps the needy people. Such donation amounts are given to NGOs governed by the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), to help reach those in need. Aid is reaching organizations like Hyderabad-based NAM Foundation, Kolkata-based The Calcutta Muslim Orphanage and Karnataka-based Zohra Women and Children Charitable Welfare Trust.
Syed Hussaini (NRI) has faced a lot of challenges in his life, one of which is the challenge of making the right investment plan. Seed Charitable Trust based in America is engaged in providing basic amenities to the people with its clear objective. In such a situation, many partners approach the board to join the charitable trust.
At the same time, the first question that the board asks these partners is whether they are FCRA certified or not. FCRA is a license issued by the Government of India to Indian entities for the purpose of regulating the receipt and use of foreign funds. Simultaneously, the board initiates a scheme on a small scale to check the authenticity of the partner’s work.
Help the unemployed, women and children
The Widows & Destitute Families Support program is one such project of the Seed Charitable Trust, which works to benefit women in critical distress. Under this project, women are provided financial assistance and employment, so that they can take care of their children.
NRI Syed Hussaini says, “Today 550 Indian women get monthly income from us on the condition that they enroll their children in school along with basic necessities for their family. An amount between one thousand and seven thousand is given to women as monthly income. However, the amount depends on the basic needs of the family and the number of children.”
In the year 2014, the organization inaugurated residential vocational training institute along with Zohra Women and Children Charitable Welfare Trust based in Karnataka to provide skill-based training to unemployed youth and middle school dropouts. Similarly, tuition fees are paid for children from underprivileged sections. In the year 2021, a total of 800 college students have been given scholarships.
Started work in the field of health
SEED has started the clinic in collaboration with NGOs focusing on healthcare. Mujtaba Askari, founder of Helping Hand Foundation in Hyderabad, told about one such clinic. He said, “The Rabia Clinic is run by us, from ambulance to treatment and is funded by SEED. This clinic can see 200 patients in a day.”
Sadhya, a Hyderabad-based woman who has treated her daughter at such a clinic, says, “My younger daughter was suffering from diarrhea recently. Earlier, any medical emergency had to cost a huge amount, which was spent on commuting and buying medicine. But now I feel safe about the health of my kids because of Rabia Clinic. My entire family consults at the clinic when needed and the treatment does not cost even money.”
Helped 1,50,000 poor in a year
There are about 13 such primary and diabetes clinics in Hyderabad and one clinic is also running in Jagdishpur, Uttar Pradesh. NRI Syed Hussaini said that this year US-based charitable trust SEED has helped a total of 1,50,000 poor in India. Of these, 18,000 children were sent to school and 80,000 people have availed free medical services.
This effort of Team Seed is appreciated. It is true that all these efforts by Team Seed are done in a city which is far away from India. Team Seed had applied to the Government of India to open a branch in India which was rejected by the Government. People associated with this charitable trust make their contribution from time to time.
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Original article- Riya Gupta
Editing – G N Jha
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