In Multiple articles, we have seen how India has grown strong in the economic sector and the whole world sees it and appreciates our growth and its pace. But when we zoom in and analyze it, we would see it mainly because of two factors, first the rapid growth in the population and second, the huge difference between the number of rich and poor people. Due to inflation, this gap is ever increasing and because of overpopulation, income disparity keeps on widening, poor people are unable to support their family members in the process or some leave them willingly, mostly their elder parents who have no income and cannot afford their life to go out and work so that they can earn enough to eat.
As the saying goes, hungry country never wins the war similar to it a hungry country or a citizen can’t become powerful and be happy because of it having a full stomach is the ultimate goal of life. This issue intensified when our Prime Minister announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days. As we all have not thought it will extend to 2 years especially elder people have panicked who were in old age homes or their private houses without any caretaker because they were unable to rush to stores and by essential food items. It was a similar situation for a newborn child’s family. This created a hunger catastrophe especially in India due to being heavily populated where most of them are below the poverty line. The world food program, they have estimated that a total of 130 million citizens will fall under the food insecure category means having only one meal a week.
Thankfully we have a high number of NGOs in India it counts up to 3 million registered NGOs, particularly the NGOs in Bangalore, working for all sorts of causes for underprivileged and minorities section of our Indian society. The basic necessity for these people is food with nutrition. As we see without proper food the children become malnourished and brain development slows down which affects them, preventing them from gaining any new skills and drop out of schools eventually rendering them jobless. Surprisingly, the total number of malnourished children in India is over 3 million and half of them face fatality due to it. As a consequence, food supplies to the children are most important as they grow as responsible individuals and by working, they will support the Indian economy to flourish.
Similarly, the food is very important for the working call of the people. With no food in their stomachs, people will be distracted from their work and living and will eventually get unemployed becoming a liability to the Indian economy , we see this is also the main reason for an increase in unemployment and petty crimes for money so they can have something to eat. Providing free food is an important part of what NGOs like Aahwahan Foundation are up for as they are running multiple drives to meet this hunger for people across India. Aahwahan foundation founded by Mr. Braja Kishore Pradhan is working from Bangalore, Odisha, Mumbai, Noida, and other NCR regions.
For the elderly above the working class, we are currently seeing a spike in numbers which is actually expected as we see being more urbanized adopting western culture, and leaving behind some most important and basic traditions is to respecting elders specifically your parents. Currently in India, we have more than 750 old age homes where children leave their parents to live a life without them there are more than half which is 400 are free to stay but the food is still needed to be provided to them, it’s either provided by children who have abandoned them and for some who have no support from anywhere, NGOs step up and provided them Rice, pulses, wheat, salt, and other important groceries time to time so for so keep our elderly souls alive as it’s our human duty to respect each and every individual no matter what their age is.
These NGOs (non- governmental organizations) are an essential part of India as they hold an important class of people who are social workers in the form of amazing volunteers and philanthropists who not only funds these heavenly campaigns but also take part physically in the noble cause of feeding the needed people. These NGOs generally work solely on donation from the wealthy, but young NGOs like the Aahwahan foundation which is formed in 2009 using different strategies, are not completely dependent on funds but also on collaborations and partnerships with government organizations, private corporations, other NGOs, and global enterprises. If we sum up the number of works done by NGOs in India in providing food for the poor it will be impossible to count as the Aahwahan foundation itself has fulfilled more than 30 thousand stomachs.
NGOs like the Aahwahan foundation, Khalsa aid, Uday Foundation, and the feeding India program created by Zomato were formed to bring up the wave of supplies to them and they became saviors and real-life superheroes for many Indians during the pandemic. The whole nation was amazed to see how our heroes (social workers) saved a life by giving food during the pandemic to all Children in school, food drives for adults, and free groceries supplies to the elderly. The nearly infinite number of food baggage is supplied by these NGOs throughout the 2 year Pandemic. They managed to reach out to almost 50 million people around India earning multiple honorary awards more important is that they have gotten the blessing of all over India. By seeing it they motivated other NGOs, government organizations, political parties, multinational companies as well as small business owners to step into the noble cause.
Now they also explain to fellow citizens to help each other in tough times and help anyone you ask for food instead of money. Always have an open hand to help.
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