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Karnataka: Two 13-Year-Old Schoolboys Avert Major Train Accident With Presence Of Mind

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It is a harsh truth beyond our worst nightmare to realise that around 720 lives were lost in 327 train accidents in India from 2013 to 2017. Another horrific mishap could have marked the end of 2018 which otherwise recorded the least number of train accidents in the last five years. On December 30, two 13-year-old schoolboys from Kumta, Karnataka averted a major train tragedy, saving hundreds of lives. The appreciable presence of mind of the teenagers Manjunath Narayan Reddy and Shashikumar Vinayak Naik helped the Konkan Railway authorities take necessary action in time before any of the scheduled trains could pass through faulty tracks.


A gap in the railway tracks

According to The Times Of India sources, the two students of the ninth standard had gone to pluck fruits from the trees adjacent to the railway tracks when they spotted some unusual damage in the railway line. “They noticed some defect in the rail link and on closer observation, they found that the line was damaged and a gap had formed just above the sleeper,” sources shared with The Times Of India.

The youngsters made no delay in running 400 metres to the nearest Kumta station to inform the officials about the impending risk. Upon immediate inspection, the railway officials discovered that the fault was indeed major and dangerous. Repair work ensued and the damage was fixed soon. The scheduled Mangalore-Mumbai Matsyagandha Express was detained for around 26 minutes at Kumta station and was allowed to pass only after the junior engineer provided the track fitness certificate. Later, around 7:59 PM, the Trivandrum-Nizamuddin Express also passed on the tracks safely without any hindrance.


Praises galore for the young saviours

Konkan Railway authorities are still investigating the cause of the damage. Meanwhile, Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy expressed his praise for the two students over a tweet.

“I appreciate students, Manjunath Narayana Reddy and Shashi Kumar, studying in the 9th standard of Nellikeri High School, for averting the possibility of a railway mishap by alerting the railway authorities about a crack in rail line in Kumta.” – read his tweet.

Efforts For Good applauds the courage, responsibility and presence of mind shown by the young saviours and hopes their efforts are duly recognised and rewarded.


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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.
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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.

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