After spending two years on footpaths, 35-year old Sonu, suffering from lungs infection, was recovering after getting shelter at Guru Amar Das Apahaj Ashram- A Home for Poor and Homeless in Sarabha village.
The man who provided him help was the former professor of Punjab Agricultural University Naurang Singh Mangat, founder member of this ashram, which houses a total of 16 members who were homeless or rejected by the society.
62-year old Mangat, who got immigration to Canada in 1996, said, "I worked as a scientist in university of Windsor in Canada and my research work was published in many of the journals in USA, UK and other countries. After which I made mind to do for welfare of people who are destitute and disabled."
"I chose to pedal my bicycle on the dusty and bumpy roads of slum areas in and around Ludhiana. I used to pick up the homeless sick people from the road sides and take them to the hospital for treatment and pay their expenses. I feel glad by doing such work", he added
Sonu said he was feeling well now. He belongs to Uttar Pradesh and was in pitiable condition when found on a footpath.
Like him, other abandoned or homeless persons were living in this ashram which was being run with the support of public donations. Mangat was making all possible efforts to provide them free shelter, food and support to live their lives.
After being rejected by her family, 75-year old Chanan Kaur was spending her days comfortably at this ashram and expressed that she was happy there.
"Meals, medicines and shelter are free of cost here. Nobody was my care taker but now I have been here for last six months", she said.
80-year old Valeti Ram is another man at ashram, who was found abandoned in Sudhar village but he could not tell about his past