Sarhan Sunain is a Business Development Associate at Milaap. He has come up with an initiative to support the homeless and vulnerable members of society and protect them from the consequences the Coronavirus pandemic has brought.
Migrant laborers that are not eligible for state and central government grants are walking for 2-3 days to reach their villages, as only in their village or native town can a laborer receive free benefits from the government. The current lockdown means that these people are now stuck, and therefore have no means of collecting free food provisions or cash grants in their current location.
The people most affected by the pandemic will be those living in India’s unorganized sector of the economy. For example, those who earn a daily wage such as maids, house helps, construction site workers, plumbers, electricians, workers in small units, delivery boys, etc.
The coronavirus pandemic means that they will be unable to earn their daily wage.
Therefore, Sarhan Sunain has launched an initiative run by volunteers to help those whom the state is unable to reach. They identify suffering individuals and send a dry ration kit that allows people to stay indoors with food supplies. They aim to directly support individuals impacted by the virus and continue this project until they get assurance from the state that grants will reach everyone. The volunteer team welcomes anyone that wants to participate in this project, either by volunteering or donating, to help those that are out of reach of government resources.
The primary resources the project aims to provide people with a dry ration kit. With no way to cover expenses, hourly and daily wage workers will inevitably struggle to earn money for food. They don’t have the backup of any insurance, and they are among the most vulnerable to the adverse financial effects of the pandemic.
The project aims to provide a kit containing all the assistance to these targeted households. It is essential that we, a blessed class of people that do not struggle with the same difficulties, help support concrete initiatives such as these. As educated Indians, we have a responsibility to help the millions who are suffering. Involvement here will be community participation in conjunction with local authorities to test people who we are serving food to and to alert health authorities if they show signs of infection.
An initiative like this requires funds, and the first step is to raise 2 lakh rupees. The project needs volunteers, administration support, help from the authorities for security, help from medical institutions for the health checks, and delivery partners to run. Sarhan Sunain and his team see themselves as the first step and are happy to hand over the initiative to anyone who has the money and the experience to develop it further. At the same time, they remain in a volunteer role. The project needs unprecedented support for all of us to get through these tough times safely.
In terms of where the funds will go, they will be distributed as follows:
99% of the distribution of dry ration kit.
1% of transportation costs.
A Kit For Each Family Contents:
RICE - 15kg Bag Rs. 900
WHEAT FLOUR - 5kg Rs. 200
OIL - 2 Packet Rs. 190
SUGAR - 2kg Rs. 80
DAL - Half Kg Rs. 45
TEA POWDER - 250 Gram Rs.125
CHILL POWDER & SALT - Rs. 80
CORIANDER POWDER - 1 packet Rs. 50
GINGER GARLIC PASTE - 1 Paste Rs. 50
TURMERIC POWDER - 1 packet Rs. 50
ONION - 2Kg Rs. 70
DETTOL HANDWASH - 175 Ml (Pack Of 3) Rs. 134
Each Kit Will Cost Rs. 1975
Our Calculation for serving 100 families : 1975 for each kit x 100 families = 1,97,500
Transport = 2,500
Full Amount = 2,00,000/-
Since basic food items are the initial element, they are looking at providing dry ration kits containing rice, wheat flour, oil, dal, and other essential food items. Everyone is welcome to participate in this initiative.
The initiative aims to operate in vulnerable areas such as Bangalore and Mysore. However, they plan to address the initiative at Mysore for which the pilot is in progress, with a focus in areas such as Rajiv Nagar, Udayagiri, Vijay Nagar, Jaya Lakshmipuram, Bannimantap, Mandi Mohalla and Shanti Nagar.
The initial plan is the trial pilot for Mysore City.