My name is Ajay Mehra and I am raising funds for my friend Aparna Singh's family. The impact of COVID-19 and the extended lockdown, economic downturn, and loss of jobs that followed have been catastrophic for some families around the world.
I shall like to bring to your attention the compassionate case of one of the victims of the long lockdown who are bearing the brunt of this pandemic. Moved with their agony, I decided to speak to them. This is the case of Aparna Singh, 41 years old single mother who is looking after her 14-year-old daughter. She has been out of a job for the last few months. Her husband has divorced her for 2 years since he had other interests. Her father was in the Navy who expired when she was 8 years old and her mother expired a few years ago. She has run out of her savings. Her daughter 14 years old, has been starving for the last 15 days surviving on one meal a day, and is sick. To suppress the appetite, she has been drinking a lot of water at night. Mother has been seeing her daughter fading away in front of her eyes. Her daughter is the world for her. Mother was working for BPO into travel and ticketing. Her previous employers have now offered to call her back. However, they cannot give any advance. She needs a mobilization amount for groceries, her daughter unpair school fee, pay house rent and commutation expenses till she gets the full salary after 6 weeks.
Myself and some friends from our 1981 school batch who I had contacted, have already contributed towards this noble cause. This has enabled her to buy some Groceries, reconnect the electricity. The heartening fact is that we have enabled her to join her job back. With some contributions from each one of us, we can make a significant difference in letting her start up again on her feet, pay the school fees for her daughter, and pay house rent. We need to support this family till 15th February till she gets her full salary. There cannot be a better occasion than the start of the New Year to show our solidarity for the needy. Thank you.