Mission Chai brings a smile to cancer patients at Bengaluru hospital

With small cups of hot tea, Rakesh Nayyar brings smile to the faces of cancer patients at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology in Bengaluru every morning. 

An engineer with the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro), he started serving tea to patients free of charge one-and-a-half-years ago. “For me, tea is just an excuse to help people in need and interact with them. Initially, I was distributing medicines to patients free of charge. Then, I thought if I could get tea, many would come forward, too,” he said. 

Nayyar, a native of Amritsar, and his team of volunteers visit the hospital every morning and serve tea to patients and their attendants. Nayyar said, he was inspired by a sweeper in a hospital in his hometown. At the time, his mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital. He saw a sweeper go to a nearby gurdwara every day and get tea for patients. “I thought when she can, why can’t I?” 

Nayyar said that many patients at Kidwai were so poor that they skipped their morning tea. He first thought that he would give three days in a week, but understood that people would be waiting for him the next day also. He stores milk and makes water the previous day and makes it early morning in his home.

Now, there are other people who has come forward and helped Rakesh in his mission. Now a lot of people bring fruits and eatables on their birthdays, anniversaries and also on shradhs.

The volunteers have formed a group called ‘Mission Chai’ on Facebook. 

Read the full report in Deccan Herald

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