Covid 19 Relief Fund — Initiative by Aahwahan Foundation

AAHWAHAN FOUNDATION
4 min readMar 28, 2020

The global community is working together to combat an unprecedented challenge — the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, NGOs, industries, civil society are all collaborating to support any response to this global outbreak.

The situation is grim in India, with more and more cases being reported by the day. The affluent sections of society have isolated themselves in their apartments, after the government’s lockdown. Still, we have conveniently forgotten the backbone of the nation — the daily wage earners and migrant workers. COVID-19 has hit hard their daily income, and the lockdown has impacted their mobility.

Nearly 80% of India’s workforce is in the unorganized sector. The paradox is that despite the country witnessing economic boom post-liberalization, these workers are not covered by any social security schemes, one of the greatest economic tragedies of our times. Their plight is heartbreaking. The lockdown has crippled the transportation infrastructure across India. Walking long distances from their workplace to their native village is not only a significant impediment but also can breakdown mentally even the strongest minds.

Traditionally, India’s ethos has always been “Atithi Devo Bhava.” Historically, we have welcomed outsiders with an open mind and given them a place in our hearts, supporting them to settle down and prosper. Tragically, today, the sons and daughters of the soil are helpless, defenseless, without access to food and water; they have become refugees in their country. Their condition should melt everyone’s heart; it certainly has moved every volunteer at the Aahwahan Foundation.

At this critical period, civil society must come forward and support the daily wage earners and migrant workers. Your donations to the fund would assist long-term relief for the affected people. Individuals can also make non-monetary contributions — milk, bread, biscuits, rice, wheat, hand sanitizers, masks, etc.

The lockdown initiated by the Central Government ensures that the privileged sections of society — the affluent, celebrities, industrialists, and politicians, government officials, corporate employees, etc. are confined to their homes, feel relatively secure, and have a fighting chance against the disease. However, at this critical period, the vulnerable communities — adults, refugees, migrants, wage workers, individuals affected by homelessness are under serious threat of being affected by COVID-19.

The Founder of the Aahwahan Foundation, Braja Kishore Pradhan, during a visit to a slum in Bengaluru, observed that people were not aware of the COVID-19. He also found out that those living in the slums were not using masks or hand sanitizers. Realizing the vulnerability of this marginalized section to the disease, Braja Kishore Pradhan quickly mobilized resources. He set up an internal team that was responsible for distributing masks, hand sanitizers among the slum dwellers along with educating them on the seriousness of the health issue.

At this critical period, civil society must come forward and support the vulnerable communities — adults, refugees, migrants, wage workers, individuals affected by homelessness, etc. Your donations to the fund would assist long-term relief for vulnerable communities. Individuals can also make non-monetary contributions — milk, bread, biscuits, rice, wheat, hand sanitizers, masks, etc.

To facilitate the same, we are launching a campaign to provide immediate funds to these daily wage workers that can take of their basic expenditure for at least a month. At this critical period, civil society must come forward and support the vulnerable communities — adults, refugees, migrants, wage workers, individuals affected by homelessness, etc. Your donations to the fund would assist long-term relief for vulnerable communities. Individuals can also make non-monetary contributions — milk, bread, biscuits, rice, wheat, hand sanitizers, masks, etc.

Individuals and organizations wanting to fight the pandemic and support Aahwahan Foundation can now donate through Netbanking

Budgeting:

Mask: 100000/-

Sanitizer: 100000/-

Food:200000/-

Awareness: 100000/-

At Aahwahan Foundation, we don’t wish to leave any stone unturned to do whatever we can to reduce the struggles of all such citizens. The call of the hour is to work together and attempt to reach everyone who requires help.

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https://www.impactguru.com/fundraiser/help-aahwahan-foundation-9

Originally published at https://www.impactguru.com.

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