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Hayat Mhd. Khan, a midlevel farmer residing in a small Indian village called Makhpa, was a philanthropist. In the early 1920s, even as he struggled to make ends meet, he ensured that his children got the opportunity to educate themselves and make change in their community. 

 

Khan’s eldest son joined the Indian railways. His second son, Abdul Rashid Khan, contributed to the Indian Independence Movement. This was a time when the fervor of freedom struggle filled the air in India - and Makhpa was not far behind. After India won the struggle in 1947, Rashid began contributing to the welfare of his village. He encouraged the village students to go to school and made his sons and daughters undertake the grueling journey to the only school close to their district - a whopping 8 kilometers away. 

 

Including schooling, their village also suffered from a lack of access to medical care. There was not a single medical facility within a 60 kilometers radius. A personal tragedy soon struck the family. Rashid lost his daughter to pneumonia, as she couldn’t be diagnosed on time.

 

"We are the generation of this great father who dedicated his life to the welfare of his society. We see this as an opportunity to fulfill the social responsibility we have towards our society." In keeping with his philosophy, the generations that follow have been doing their part in bettering their beloved village of Makhpa. This project is an attempt to salve the healthcare disparity by establishing a center that would provide affordable medical attention for Makhpites and citizens of neighboring villages.