Mr. Saraf came to America from Nepal in 2000 to live the American dream with nothing in hand. He held many different jobs and responsibilities and worked hard over many years to settle down in this country.
During those early years of struggle, he also noticed the underprivileged living within our communities. There were so many who struggled to find a job, or keep a home, so many of them just wanted to have a meagre warm meal in the day. During cold winter nights many of these homeless individuals struggled to stay warm on the streets, The feeling of compassion and empathy planted a seed in Mr. Saraf’s mind and heart and he made a decision to volunteer and help the underprivileged of our community as best as he could.
Today Prakash is the owner of Days Inn in Baltimore MD, but he has continued to stay actively involved in charity service within the community for the past 10 years. He encouraged and coached his son, Neev Saraf at an early age of 4 years to do little acts of kindness and learn to give back to the community. From a very young age, on every birthday Neev has been donating his piggy bank collection of money to charity organizations. They both have been involved in many services, like cooking at shelters, serving food, or packing and distributing personal hygiene items and blankets on cold winter nights.
One of the highlights of Neev and his family’s contribution was when the devastating earthquake struck Nepal in 2015, Neev was deeply moved by the news and images on television and voiced a desire to help. His family set up a CrowdRise page to request donations, which was started off by donation of all the money from 8 year old Neev’s piggy bank. They were able to raise over $40,000 for medical aid relief of the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Here is a link below of the news coverage he received about it.
Prakash is a resourceful, kind and compassionate individual and he realized there was a lot more to do to continue helping the needy of the community.