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Nizamuddin Abdul Karim Sheikh, India

  • August 12, 2020
  • COVID Voices
Americares Staff

Americares Staff

I grew up, and after 13 years, I got married. Then, after some time, I had some issues in my marriage, and we used to have quarrels. All my childhood and good friends had gone to the Gulf and were scattered.

Then, the wrong friends started coming into my life. Due to these various reasons, I started getting into bad habits. And eventually I got addicted to alcohol because—I tried but could not get rid of that addiction from my life.

Because of this bad habit, my wife went away—along with my children. From the stress related to these incidents, I used to wander here and there, without any purpose and in tension. And eventually, I started having pain.

Meanwhile, when I was seeking care from Americares, I talked with Amul bhai from Americares Foundation regarding my problem, who was also guiding other people. He told me that Americares Foundation did not charge any money for any kind of medicines. Then, I started taking medicines from there, such as calcium and other medicines.

So, after some time, I got a little relief from my pain with the medicines, slowly. I left my addiction to alcohol. Following that process, I have not even touched alcohol to this day.

Then, I was appointed as an Arogya Mitra (community health volunteer) by Americares.

I started going to house to house to see people as I thought, “No! Whatever happened to me should not happen to other people.”

So, for this reason, I go to people’s homes, and I call upon them, and [tell them about health care.] I feel very good talking with the patients.

My co-workers at Americares also love me a lot.

I visit other places—wherever the mobile health van travels. I get much love from there, too. People love us.

And, this way, I brought about a change in myself.

There are two boys in Maharashtra Nagar who brought about a change in themselves seeing me, and they also take the medicines from Americares.

Like it is said, “Achieve something before you lose. There is no point in crying over spilled milk.”

And even though I have cried a lot after losing things in my life.

But I have regained all those lost things.