Philem Rohan Singh hails from the small town of Moirang in Manipur. The place is famous for Loktak Lake — North East India’s only freshwater lake.
At the age of five, Rohan's parents got divorced, and when he was in Class 12, he lost his father and was under the care of his paternal grandfather. However, these tragedies did not hold him back.
Over the years, he developed a passion for cycling and would often paddle around his neighbourhood. And, in 2017, things took a turn for good for this young cyclist in Delhi.
During his first cycling excursion called “Pollution Free India” in January 2018 from Delhi to Imphal, he spread awareness on how people can contribute towards a cleaner and healthier environment and make a pollution-free society for the next generations.
In fact, he realised that it wasn’t just the environment that required cleaning. Youths addicted to drugs also needed to focus on their health, fitness, and family. This led him to start a month-long second excursion in March 2018 for anti-pollution and anti-drug awareness.
That campaign led Rohan to regulate these campaigns and found the ‘Cycling for Humanity’ initiative with his support team.
About a year ago, when the pandemic was at its peak, Rohan started a 'Feeding the Hungry’ campaign in Manipur, providing food to 50-60 people each day. In February 2021, he decided to expand this campaign to four major metros — Kolkata, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Delhi — feeding more than 4000 people in two months.
Rohan and his team have also conducted initiatives like ‘Save Sangai and Humanity’ in Manipur in 2018, as well as a ‘#WaterforLife’ campaign from June-September 2019 from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, spreading awareness on water sanitisation.
He also honoured the Pulwama martyrs and raised funds for one of the victim’s family in Assam through another cycling campaign from March 6 to March 15, 2019.
“Three years of my cycling experience has been mesmerising for me. Interacting with different people, helping them, and making them smile gives me immense pleasure. I have travelled pan-India, except to Arunachal Pradesh and Daman and Diu. I have also travelled to Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan on wheels,” Rohan says.
For Rohan and his team, limited funds always posed a challenge. In fact, there were several places where they had to limit their feeding initiatives due to lack of funds.
“It actually made me upset, and I wish I could get support from some organisation or government bodies so that we can reach out to as many people as we can,” shares Rohan.
However, this isn’t bringing him down. He plans to continue this campaign as it is the need of the hour.
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