Despite the hardships we are facing due to the lockdown, we are all really blessed to be able to take care of ourselves and our loved ones.
There are many who are not in a position to support themselves and the people they love.
“I have five mouths to feed, including kids. I have had no work since the shutdown and do not have any ration left at home for tomorrow. I do not have money to buy more. The last time I had meals was on Thursday. This is the scene in every household,” says a daily wage earner living in the slums.
Lack of food, overcrowding, lack of clean water, poor sanitation, social dependency, shared amenities, larger number of human contacts, low disease immunity of dwellers and limited access to dependent medical facilities make for tremendous speed and size of virus transmission in Mumbai slums.
A Mumbai slum has one toilet per 600-1,200 residents. How do people maintain social distance in such situations? The only way to shower is with water from a bucket that everyone has to share. No soap or hand sanitizer.
- Dharavi - Rajiv Gandhi Nagar
- Mahim West Chawls / Mahim Kabristan
- Worli Koliwada slums
- Navy Nagar slums - Geeta Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar
- Napean Sea Road Coastal slums - Banganga, JP Nagar, Prem Nagar, Gayatri Nagar, Parvati Nagar, Chaar Bungalow, Asha Nagar
- Vashi/Virar slums
- Parel Migrant labor colonies
- Nala Sopara / Dahisar labour coloine
- Rice, daal, sugar, oil and salt rations
- Vegetable khichdi (Annamitra)
- Milk and milk products
- Masks – double-layer reusable masks
- Disinfectant soaps
A lot more needs to be done…and the need is immediate.
Every day we have families from nearby slums approach us saying, “No one is helping us. We have run out of our ration.” There are more than 1,000+ nearby slum families seeking help from food to hygiene to medicines. With a heavy heart, we have been able to serve only to the extent of our resources.
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The more we spread Karuna (compassion), the more we can contain Corona.
Stay Safe. Stay Sanitized.