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Man Decides to Donate 90 Houses to the Homeless Instead of Paying for Lavish Wedding

Anna Hunt, Staff
Waking Times Media

There are still people in this world who realize the importance of generosity and compassion over their own self-interest. Such is the case of Manoj Munot, a business owner in Aurangabad of Maharashtra, India. Munot gifted 90 houses to the homeless in his community instead of throwing a extravagant wedding for his daughter.

Munot had planned to spend Rs 70-80 lakh (approximately $105k-$120k) on the wedding. Instead, inspired by a young politician Prashant Bamb, the businessman decided to spend the money on the construction of 90 houses outfitted with water and electricity. This became Munot’s wedding gift to his daughter Shreya.

In India, wedding costs can be quite excessive, especially for some of the higher castes. For example, former Indian People’s Party minister Gali Janardhan Reddy married his daughter off in a Rs 500-crore wedding. In other words, he spent an equivalent to over 100 million USD on the wedding.

Wedding costs for an average Indian middle-class family start at about 20,000 USD. This excludes expenses such as the dowry. In the U.S. a middle-class Indian family is likely to spend upwards of $60,000 on a wedding. Luckily, dozens of families in Aurangabad now benefit from a man’s realization that such a hefty sum can be better spent.

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The lack of affordable housing is the primary cause of homelessness in India. Estimates for homeless Indians range from 1.77 million to 3 million. Additionally, there are millions more families affected by the housing shortage and living in dilapidated, obsolescent or makeshift housing. The total of Indian people unable to maintain a regular safe shelter amounts to 78 million people.

Worldwide estimates for people who lack an adequate home or are literally homeless reach one billion. Maybe Munot’s gift of 90 houses doesn’t seem like much when looking at the global homelessness problem, but perhaps others will take notice and follow suit.

About the Author

Anna Hunt is co-owner of OffgridOutpost.com, an online store offering GMO-free healthy storable food and emergency kits. She is also the staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Anna is a certified Hatha yoga instructor and founder of Atenas Yoga Center. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Visit her essential oils store here. Visit Offgrid Outpost on Facebook.

Sources:

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/homelessness-in-india/1/600356.html

http://www.socialsolutions.com/blog/2016-homelessness-statistics/

http://hlrn.org.in/homelessness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCJ4pPgWxSQ


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