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Help Adarsh Nagar Migrants Rebuild Their Lives

Background
Adarsh Nagar colony in North Delhi is a settlement of 600 Pakistani Hindus living in India on a long term visa. These persecuted minorities are not the subject of any sympathy from the International community for the treatment meted out to them by their home country, Pakistan. Reduced to second class citizens in Pakistan, they look up to India as the only country that can offer them a chance at respectful existence.

The Colony
The colony houses around 85 families adding up to 600 persons which includes 150 children. Peaceful and tolerant, these down to earth people feel blessed at being free to practice their religion without any fear. They live in small temporary houses with little or no facilities and earn their living by working small jobs to support their livelihood and contribute to the economy.

Rude Awakening
Their small world was shaken in April and May 2018 by repeated thunderstorms which caused widespread damage to their hutments.



Hardly had they managed to recover from this, their electricity supply was disconnected by the authorities in the first week of June. As days passed, the children started getting sick with the unrelenting heat of the scorching Delhi sun. Their pleas for restoration of electricity supply fell on deaf ears until highlighted on social media. As of 30th June 2018, the electricity supply is still not restored.



Deep Dive on Adarsh Nagar

My visits to the colony and discussions with the devoted and selfless caretaker Shri Hariom Sahoo have revealed many issues which show us, the Indic community, of failing to live up to our value of Atithi Devo Bhavah and grossly neglecting the need to provide a social and spiritual anchor to this vulnerable community. Besides electricity, the colony has many basic needs such as for better shelters, water, sanitation, medicines, education and livelihood.



Campaign Issues and Goal

The main issues of the Adarsh Nagar Pakistani Hindus are:

  1. Shelter: Repair of shelters damaged by thunderstorms.
  2. Electricity: Providing electricity connection, fans and lights to each hutment.
  3. Water: Ensuring regular supply of water tankers from DJB and installing 2 hand pumps for emergency usage.
  4. Sanitation: Digging of drains and soak pits for disposal of waste water for ensuring hygiene and prevention of mosquitoes breeding
  5. Medication: Weekly visits by trained medical personnel for children’s health and inoculation of babies.
  6. Education: Employing teachers who can provide primary education to the children. These children have received some education in Pakistan but since their language is Urdu, they need to learn Hindi/English before they can join a formal school.
  7. Livelihood: Families that are new to the camp need seed capital to set up small tuck shops or businesses instead of working as daily wage earners so that their economic condition improves. 

This campaign aims to generate a corpus of INR 10 lakh that is to be used for meeting the above needs of the colony.

About Me

My name is Ashutosh Joshi and I am based in Delhi-NCR working as Manager Finance for a large MNC. Inspired by the dynamic leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I have decided to do my bit by helping our Nation’s grass root heroes. I am the moderator of this campaign.
I have raised 10 lakh for our grass root heroes in two campaigns listed below:

https://milaap.org/fundraisers/shrigaurashtram
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/helptrilochanmahtofam

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
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29th October 2018
We are disbursing INR 2 lakh to the Adarsh Nagar camp volunteers. The amount will be used for medicines, financial assistance and distribute clothes and essentials on the occasion on Deepavali.
We are disbursing INR 2 lakh to the Adarsh Nagar camp volunteers. The amount will be used for medicines, financial assistance and distribute clothes and essentials on the occasion on Deepavali.
16th October 2018
Dear Supporters,

Here is a quick update about the campaign:

We are still awaiting restoration of electricity from the government, and there has not been much progress on that front. A majority of the funds have been used for medical expenses of the residents. Since the land they are living on right now is shallow land, there is water retention during monsoons. Because of this water retention, many children fall sick. There are around 150 children living in that area. One child got bit by a snake as well.

New families have been added to the camp, and we are expecting some more to join. We have also utilized the funds to build new huts for the migrants.

Here is a picture of the doctor's visit:



Solar light distribution:




Thank you all for your continued support.

Regards,
Ashutosh Joshi
Dear Supporters,

Here is a quick update about the campaign:

We are still awaiting restoration of electricity from the government, and there has not been much progress on that front. A majority of the funds have been used for medical expenses of the residents. Since the land they are living on right now is shallow land, there is water retention during monsoons. Because of this water retention, many children fall sick. There are around 150 children living in that area. One child got bit by a snake as well.

New families have been added to the camp, and we are expecting some more to join. We have also utilized the funds to build new huts for the migrants.

Here is a picture of the doctor's visit:



Solar light distribution:




Thank you all for your continued support.

Regards,
Ashutosh Joshi
26th August 2018
Here is a summary of the updates over the past few weeks.
 
-    Unfortunately, there is not much progress with respect to restoration of electricity. We continue to follow up with the government without much success. The camp continues to be without power for almost 80 days now.
 
-    We are using diesel generators to supply electricity at night so that the residents can sleep. However, this is expensive and the daily cost on running the 50 KV Diesel Generator is around INR 5,000 per night.
 
-    Many children and aged persons got sick due to excessive heat and humidity and we incurred around INR 36,000 in July 2018 for their treatment.
 
-    An aged resident of the camp, Rama Bai, died on 25th July due to inability to bear the heat.
 
-    Heavy rainfall caused water logging in many low lying hutments of the camp. We had to bring in excavators to dig temporary drains to drain out the water incurring a cost of INR 10,000.
 
-    Independence day was celebrated with enthusiasm at the Adarsh Nagar camp. I was honoured to be present at the camp as the chief guest and humbled at the patriotism of the camp residents.
 
-    We had volunteers from HSS Japan visit the camp and distribute solar powered torches to the residents on 16th August.
 
-    Two more families (17 persons) joined the camp from Pakistan on 12th August.
 
-    24th Aug 2018 was a good day as Mahesh from Adarsh Nagar camp married Bhagwanti from Majnu ka Tila camp with blessings from parents and elders. We are also thankful to our support group who donated upwords of  INR 10,000 to the newly married couple.
 
-    We are thankful to volunteers for facilitating two medical camps at the Adarsh Nagar site in August 2018. Preventive care and medication improve the health & wellness of the residents and people can be treated before their condition becomes worse for the cure.

I am increasing the campaign duration by a month to allow donations as we are spending most of the money in providing electricity and medication and will likely need funds to meet the other goals.
 
I would encourage you to follow the hashtag #AdarshNagarBurning on Twitter.
 
Thanks for your support,
Ashutosh
Here is a summary of the updates over the past few weeks.
 
-    Unfortunately, there is not much progress with respect to restoration of electricity. We continue to follow up with the government without much success. The camp continues to be without power for almost 80 days now.
 
-    We are using diesel generators to supply electricity at night so that the residents can sleep. However, this is expensive and the daily cost on running the 50 KV Diesel Generator is around INR 5,000 per night.
 
-    Many children and aged persons got sick due to excessive heat and humidity and we incurred around INR 36,000 in July 2018 for their treatment.
 
-    An aged resident of the camp, Rama Bai, died on 25th July due to inability to bear the heat.
 
-    Heavy rainfall caused water logging in many low lying hutments of the camp. We had to bring in excavators to dig temporary drains to drain out the water incurring a cost of INR 10,000.
 
-    Independence day was celebrated with enthusiasm at the Adarsh Nagar camp. I was honoured to be present at the camp as the chief guest and humbled at the patriotism of the camp residents.
 
-    We had volunteers from HSS Japan visit the camp and distribute solar powered torches to the residents on 16th August.
 
-    Two more families (17 persons) joined the camp from Pakistan on 12th August.
 
-    24th Aug 2018 was a good day as Mahesh from Adarsh Nagar camp married Bhagwanti from Majnu ka Tila camp with blessings from parents and elders. We are also thankful to our support group who donated upwords of  INR 10,000 to the newly married couple.
 
-    We are thankful to volunteers for facilitating two medical camps at the Adarsh Nagar site in August 2018. Preventive care and medication improve the health & wellness of the residents and people can be treated before their condition becomes worse for the cure.

I am increasing the campaign duration by a month to allow donations as we are spending most of the money in providing electricity and medication and will likely need funds to meet the other goals.
 
I would encourage you to follow the hashtag #AdarshNagarBurning on Twitter.
 
Thanks for your support,
Ashutosh
Rs.1,557,951
raised of Rs.2,000,000 goal

537 Supporters

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Supporters (537)

MP
Manish donated Rs.1,000
A
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
SS
Shashank donated US $100
AK
Anil donated Rs.200
A
Anonymous donated Rs.2,500

Though I doubt that donations reach their intended group, I hope that this one will reach the Pakistani Hindu refugees who are the world's second-most persecuted minority after Iraqi Yazidis.

A
Anonymous donated Rs.200