The Covid 19 pandemic has put our lives on hold. The daily work routines have changed, the lifestyle has changed, work ethics has changed but what still remains the same for most of us is that we are able to feed ourselves. Our supplies are enough, our roof is strong and our phones have full range. But for some everything has taken a drastic turn into a narrow lane of exploitation and helplessness. Our vulnerable citizens comprising migrant labours, domestic workers and other marginalized communities are fighting hard for their next meal. Numerous compassionate organizations and individuals have stepped up to provide for our fellow citizens. The city of Hyderabad has however seen a very unique arrangement for helping out the migrants. Five noted organizations have come together to provide rations to the needy. T-Social Impact Group (TSIG), Rythu Swaraj Vedika, Indus Organization, Inqui – Lab Foundation and Akshayapatra are working hand in hand to make sure the vulnerable citizens get food, sanitation products and are able to go home.
Feeding almost 15,000 people on a daily basis, the community of organizations has been taking care of its citizens since the lockdown began. Efforts For Good spoke to some of the volunteers working with the organizations and a part of the ration delivery department.
When did this start?
TSIG, which works towards social education and rehabilitation of the people, began the operations as soon as the lockdown was announced. With the organization first prioritizing in tracing the needy migrants, numerous on-ground surveys were conducted with the help of the volunteers. Rythu Swaraj Vedika joined the initiative shortly, which predominantly works in the field of ensuring sustaining livelihoods for farmers and subsequent allies.
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Both the organizations took up the task of serving people with food and rations when the marginalised communities approached them asking for food and transportation facilities to go home. “People were starving. They had no food, rations or sanitary essentials and were in dire need of the same. We stepped up for our people as we realized that the fight against the virus needs to be fought together and we need to stand with them in such drastic times and thus the campaign of providing them with essentials was born,” Abhijit Biswas , one of the volunteers states.