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Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

The Local Do-Gooders To The Rescue

In a trying time like now, any and every help will make a big difference. With our country in a total lockdown, there are many struggling with their jobs, accommodation, food, and survival, in general.

In a trying time like now, any and every help will make a big difference. With our country in a total lockdown, there are many struggling with their jobs, accommodation, food, and survival, in general. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown several people in a world of paranoia, who, due to their fears of contracting these diseases, do not consider extending a helping hand to ones in need.

The global pandemic has affected as many as 15,00,000 people worldwide due to which thousands have lost their lives. India has now over 5000 reported cases, and the fear has nowhere near gone. While India has announced a 21-day lockdown, the citizens had very little to no time to prepare for it. It resulted in a panic-buying, with people stocking up more than what they needed.

However, there is a section of people who could not afford to fend for themselves during this time. The weaker socio-economic section of our country has no source of income, they don't have food, they don't have basic safety kits to keep them from contracting the disease, and moreover, they have no idea what the precautionary steps are.

Government and several entrepreneurs and philanthropists have contributed towards fighting the disease in the country. However, there are many local do-gooders who are using the power of their platform to help as many as they can in their capacity. As they say, not all superheros wear capes, and here they are.

1. Free Food

Khushiyaan Foundation and Zomato Feeding India have come forward to provide food to the daily wage workers and their families, the labourers, and children from the slums. They will be offering free food to the families whose livelihoods have been affected by the deadly COVID-19. Food providers such as Bakezy, The Bakery and Cake Shop in Borivali, Jagannath's Kitchen, a tiffin service provider, and Kkafenio Cafe are providing food packets for free for those who are affected.

2. Donations

Give India has come forward to provide for the thousands of poor labourers who have lost their jobs due to Coronavirus. In contrast, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action has offered emergency relief food supply to the urban poor. Pharmeasy providing N95 masks to health workers, nurses, and doctors. Another Global Shaper Community is providing the essential prevention kit, containing face masks, hand sanitiser with 62% alcohol content, ayurvedic Vitamin C immunity booster tablets, and a guidance note on COVID-19 facts and essential precautionary measures to the labour workforce in the Navi Mumbai.

3. Fundraisers

Various NGOs in the country are urging people to raise funds for the ones in need; to provide for their day-to-day needs in cash or kind. Several daily-wages workers have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and there is no definite date when they will have work again. With access to no resources, NGOs have initiated several fundraisers for the ones affected.

4. Accommodation

Several immigrant daily-wages workers have lost their homes overnight and have nowhere to go. With the pandemic at its peak, these people, to be safe, need to be in a safe space. Various shelters have opened their gates to the ones who have become homeless due to the pandemic.

It is only with people like these that our hope in humanity is restored. Despite the nature of the pandemic, these humans are still willing to extend help to the ones in need. But if not now, then when? These local do-gooders are the superheroes we didn't think we needed, but we are glad they're here.

You can do your bit in the smallest way possible. It will be those bits of goodness that will impact several lives.

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