More Than 550 Migrants Reached Home Safely, Thanks To SaveLIFE Foundation

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COVID-19 has turned out to be one of the biggest tragedies of the decade. The pandemic has taken the lives of millions of people across the globe and India too has lost thousands of citizens to date. More than 180 migrant workers have been killed in road accidents with more than 750 seriously injured while walking to their homes which are 1000s of Km away. Even as you read this article, thousands of migrants are walking with little hope of finally resting in the comfort of their homes.Taking cognizance of the high number of accidents, SaveLIFE Foundation began working on ferrying the migrants to their respective states from Delhi.

The number of reported road crashes may be less amid lockdown, but the rate of deaths remains same, with the majority being migrants and essential workers and we wish to help them in our little ways, reaching out to as many guest workers as possible,” says Piyush Tewari, founder, SaveLIFE Foundation.

SaveLIFE Foundation Has Helped 550 Migrants Reach Home Safely, Now They Want To Send 500 More

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How did the work begin?

SaveLIFE Foundation is a Delhi based organization that has been working tirelessly in the field of road safety and awareness. SaveLIFE Foundation is instrumental in passing the Good Samaritan Law that safeguards the rights of the people who help road accident victims from any harassment.

Owing to their work in road safety, the organization was called upon by the Delhi government to aid in the various relief activities in the region during Covid-19 lockdown. Starting from meal and mask distribution to other relief assistance, the organization was working alongside the government to ensure relief to guest workers. However, the growing number of road accident cases alarmed SaveLIFE Foundation and it began focussing on this aspect as well. Hence SaveLIFE Foundation began ferrying migrant workers from Delhi to their respective states via buses. To date SaveLIFE has ferried more than 550 guest workers to their homes.

The Logistics

Colonel Jafri, Retd., Chief Operating Officer at SaveLIFE Foundation tells Efforts for Good, “Owing to the strong on-ground network, the volunteers were able to identify the migrants from different parts of the city. The volunteers prepared data on the migrants with respect to their home state and the same was passed upwards. After the number of migrants for a respective state is prepared, we approach the local government for clearance and testing of the migrants.

The process takes a day or two, after which buses are arranged and permissions obtained from the District Magistrate concerned so that the buses move freely.”

Colonel Jafri, Retd. also added that the migrants are dropped in the central part of their city, town, or village and the migrants go ahead from there.

The finances

To ferry one bus, it takes around 70 – 75 thousand to the nearest state. The budget can go up to Rs 1.5 lakhs and more depending on the distance. Fundraising campaigns and donations are the main source of finance for the organization. 

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“They’ve built our homes and offices and cleaned our cities, and now they need US. And we must come forward to help them,” Piyush adds.

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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.

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