#HelpTheHelpingHands, COVID-19 Lockdown :Daily Helping Hands Need Our Help To Survive

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to an abrupt halt. Ever since the catastrophe has unfolded in India, it has majorly affected the unorganized sector of this country meaning the daily wage workers such as house helps, municipality workers, auto-rickshaw wallahs, drivers, construction workers, etc. While a lot of us have been able to stock up on essential supplies and gone into quarantine, a sore cloud of adversity has broken in the faces of those whose income depends on their daily work. Ever since the lockdown, the daily wage workers are left with no backing or means to earn their daily bread to be able to sustain themselves or their families.

With literally nothing to cover them during the trying times of medical emergency, the sun of hope broke its light upon them in the form of the many people and stakeholders who have been relentlessly and selflessly coming forward to help them. While the Government continues to take aggressive steps to address the crisis at hand, it is the need of the hour for all responsible citizens to come together in greater numbers and avert the effects of devastation that has especially and unfortunately exposed the daily wage workers to an acute financial vulnerability.

As desperation prevails among the disadvantaged communities, every single contribution counts. In our own bit to stand by the countrymen, Pranitha Foundation together with Efforts For Good and The Logical Indian Community has initiated #HelpTheHelpingHands campaign to raise funds for the daily wagers. In its first quarter, the Foundation will be taking care of 500 families for the next three weeks. Thereby, every little contribution received through this initiative will ensure that every household is stocked up on essential items.

A number of people from the vulnerable communities have existing medical conditions which is why they are required to abide by a prescribed diet and certain medicines to be taken consistently. In addition, there are pregnant women who also require special attention with respect to medicine and food. While we fight the coronavirus, we cannot afford to overlook the many challenges that are in our way to provide equitable sustenance to all. Therefore, the funds collected will be utilized by these families to buy medical supplies and emergency food items for all people on special diets including babies. A small effort from each of us can ensure that every home, besides all things else, is also able to stabilize its finances during the lockdown period.

COVID 19 may have forced us into social distancing but social solidarity still prevails. The unprecedented support from our community members can go a long way to nurture this sense of solidarity and further the cause of humanity. Like they say in beautiful books, “This too shall pass.”

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.

Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

The need is huge.. We are there.. Need You too !!

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