India - “Life is serving others”: Dr. Varun Khullar follows in Don Bosco's footsteps

17 May 2021

(ANS - New Delhi) - Dr. Varun Khullar, trained at the Don Bosco school in Alaknanda, New Delhi, has carried out many initiatives for the marginalized, through his NGO 'Chhoti Chhoti Khushiyan', founded in 2016. With the second wave of Covid-19 which violently hit Delhi, he has begun to provide free food, medicine, diagnostic tests, CT scans and oxygen machines for those most in need.

Dr. Khullar, who completed his studies at the Don Bosco School in Alaknanda in 2006, began his social work by adopting an orphanage near a church in Delhi and providing the children with food and study materials. Subsequently, he donated an entire library with 2,000 books to poor children. His wife, psychiatrist Swati Arora, collaborates with the NGO's initiatives and helps people maintain mental health and face life's challenges with positivity.

As the pandemic rages across the country, Dr. Khullar has continued with the collection of food for Covid-positive families, migrant workers, day workers, and other hardest-hit groups. He has already provided essential medicine packs for free, reaching 500 disadvantaged people and helping to save their lives.

With the help of his colleague, Dr Ankur Aggarwal, who owns an analysis laboratory, he had CT scans and x-rays done at a subsidized cost to the poor. More than 200 people, including immigrant workers, factory workers and rickshaw drivers, were given priority in this facility. The doctor also set up oxygen concentrators and installed them in various locations, including temples, to support those in need of oxygen.

Dr Varun Khullar said: "Saving the lives of people, even of my previous teachers, from Covid-19 was a moment of pride for me." Uma Nair, his English teacher recalled: "When one student turns into a healer during a pandemic, the equation of life changes. Dr. Varun Khullar begins his morning by feeding the needy. He is available 24/7 for emergencies. I saw the vestiges of our patron saint Don Bosco in his lifestyle and I felt so proud and confident. He is teaching everyone that life is about serving others."


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