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Seen The Kid With A Chicken & A 10 Rupee Note? Here Is His Heartwarming Story

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On April 3, Wednesday, the photo of a young boy from Mizoram, India, went viral all over social media. The photo, which shows him holding an injured chicken in one hand and a ten rupee note in the other, has been circulated numerous times by netizens throughout the world, with a heartwarming story.

The incident behind the photo

As per the viral Facebook post, the boy in the photo, identified as six-year-old Derek C Lalchhanhima from Sairang, Mizoram, had accidentally run over a tiny chick while cycling. He was heartbroken after finding the wounded bird and wanted to save its life in every way possible. The chick, which belonged to his neighbour, had probably died on the spot which he did not realise. As reported by NorthEast Today, Derek ran back to his home and implored his parents to immediately take the chicken to the hospital.

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Derek’s father Dhiraj Chhetri, who is employed with the Mizoram Police, was startled at his son’s request and asked him to go to the hospital himself. Derek, who had only a ten rupee note as his pocket money, instantly rushed to the hospital, caressing the chick in his hands.

He returned soon, all in tears, shattered because the hospital staff denied treatment to the chick. Instead, they only clicked his picture and sent him home.

Derek then expressed his wish to return to the hospital, this time with a 100 rupee note, which he believed would convince the doctors to nurse the chicken back to life. His father Dhiraj and mother Lalnunpuii, who were overwhelmingly surprised by their son’s gesture, had to finally explain to him that the chick is not alive any more. “He’s always been a rather unique kid,” his father told The News Mill.

Derek was honoured by his school

The photo was taken by a nurse at the hospital, who was moved by the child’s empathy and innocence, says a report by NDTV. Later, the photo was shared by Facebook user Sanga Says, which thereafter went globally viral. The hashtag #KidWithTheChick started trending on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thousands of users reposted and shared the story, showering endless words of praise for Derek. On April 4, Thursday, Derek was honoured at his school St. Pio in Sairang, hailing him as a pasalțha (brave warriors of ancient times).

I guess by now you all know who this adorable kid is.Derek C Lalchhanhima (age 6) is being honoured by his school and…

Posted by Sanga Says on Thursday, April 4, 2019

Efforts For Good take

At a time when the popularity and outreach of social media are often held responsible for spreading discrimination, false narratives and violence, Derek’s story served as a welcome relief on the news feed for the netizens. Children are the epitome of innocence, and more often than not, their gestures of compassion and empathy touch our hearts, showing us what the world needs at large. The six-year-old boy from a nondescript town is being hailed as a true hero. Efforts For Good lauds his kind deed and hopes the little superhero inspires many in the days to come.

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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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