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Contribute to Unsung Heroes Protecting Chennai Streets During COVID19

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Not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear masks, hold brooms, carry barrels of piling garbage. They go about working and cleaning tirelessly for the sake of their own city, which they call their home.

With COVID-19 pushing half of the world to cocoon themselves in the comforts of their home, there are those who in spite of the risk of exposure get down to the streets every day to make sure basic hygiene is intact. 

Here’s a glimpse at a couple of such lovely ladies among the Annas  (Brothers) and Akkas  (Sisters) who do the work.

Kanaga akka’s day starts at 6 am in the morning. Wearing a blue saree, an orange jacket and the mask and gloves, she starts sweeping roads in Zone 13 (Adyar and nearby areas Chennai). She keeps at it but as the heat goes up, she tends to remove the gloves to avoid the sweat making her hand slippery. Little does she realise the risk she faces by doing that. She has heard the warnings about some virus from her Sir but she cannot stop working a single day if the city needs to stay clean and hygienic.

Apoorva Akka, with a mask on her face and gloved hands, goes about cleaning the walls and pavements in the streets assigned to her. “People spit pan and so many urinate on these walls. It stinks and reeks bad odour but I have to clean them so that pavements can actually be used by pedestrians.” Her hands take a darker shade every day cleaning the filth on the pavement – these are the same hands that she uses to cook and eat food too!

Wiping it clean and sprinkling a generous amount of bleaching powder she jokingly says, “I think I’m battling more viruses and germs daily than anyone in this city.”

Thousands of these conservancy workers are convinced that it is their duty to help the people in the city. Be it the floods or crisis like Corona, these foot soldiers of Chennai are determined to clean up every mess, putting aside all the dangers and risks.

In an attempt to support these labourers and to help them tackle the ongoing pandemic, the civic body of Chennai is taking extraordinary measures to safeguard them. They are working closely with the service provider, to provide workers with sanitizers, gloves and disposable masks. They are also briefed every day on practising basic hygiene and sanitation.

Adding a little bit of love and respect to it, the residents of Zone 13 Chennai have come forward to start a fundraiser to help these people in the time of crisis.



Archana Hari, one of the residents says, “They clear our garbage, sweep our roads and even manage segregated waste. While we have the choice of working from home, these people have to come out and work. They do it without even complaining. It is because of people like them our area stays clean and our kids can live in a safe environment in such a hazardous situation. They are my unsung heroes and I wish I could help them more.”

The amount raised will be sent directly to the bank accounts of these conservancy workers who do endless work to protect the city and its people.

Yes, they do get salaries and are given immediate care by their employers. As contract employees in this menial nature of work, their salaries only lend a hand-to-mouth existence with no pension or additional savings every month. Your contribution will help them build a supporting fund if (hopefully not) they fall ill.

Every little amount you contribute will put a smile on the face of conservancy workers who keep your city clean. Please show some love, dignity and appreciation to them in the form of donations.

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21st April 2020
If you are seeing this on your mobile, do click on Read More to see it on the website. More readable and you can see video too! :)

13 has become the luckiest number because of all us!

We (Zone 13 and beyond) had all come together over a period of three weeks starting from the first day of the lock down to show our appreciation for our conservancy workers. The journey through those weeks were truly heartwarming!!


Dr. Alby John, RDC of Greater Chennai Corporation Mr. Ravi, Project Head from Ramky and their teams were extremely kind in allowing us and also making arrangements to organise the entire project in a credible and transparent manner. With their help, we were able to transfer the monies directly to the individual bank accounts of the conservancy workers. Our HUGE thanks to them!


We know that there were invisible people who took it everywhere and our apologies if we are missing out but A HUGE SHOUTOUT and deep bow of respect to Arulpriya (MRC Nagar), Mr. Babu (Shastri Nagar), Mr. Bala (RK Nagar), Mrs. Shanti (Besant Nagar), Gayathri & Bharathi (Karpagam Gardens), Siddharth, Mr. Namachivayam & Mr. Ramakrishnan (FEDARA) and many many more who took it inside every home!


 We also want to thank Milaap for the huge help and support the team has shown in every step to achieve our goal! Special mention to the Co-Founder, Anoj Viswanathan! 😊

Our heartfelt thanks to the contributor family who helped boost our efforts by making a matching grant of Rs. 1 Lakh and organizer of milaap.org/fundraisers/socialshaadiCOVID19 who generously contributed from their fundraiser towards this initiative.

Here’s a short video to share what the thought process was and how the conservancy team reacted..


Some of the clips have been borrowed from video telecast on Kalaignar TV covering the project.


On 15th April 2020, our appreciation in the form of Rs. 2000+ per worker reached them individually in their bank accounts! Do see the screen shots appended for confirmation received from Milaap as well as some sample photos of messages confirming transfer from the workers themselves!

Here’s to many more such initiatives with all you noble souls!

With loads of love,
Kalpana - MRC Nagar, Meera - Gandhinagar, Janani and Mr. Sridharan - Kasturba Nagar, Meenakshi - Kotturpuram, Radhakrishnan aka Ranjit & Archana – Besant Nagar and Jayanthi – Thiruvanmiyur.


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If you are seeing this on your mobile, do click on Read More to see it on the website. More readable and you can see video too! :)

13 has become the luckiest number because of all us!

We (Zone 13 and beyond) had all come together over a period of three weeks starting from the first day of the lock down to show our appreciation for our conservancy workers. The journey through those weeks were truly heartwarming!!


Dr. Alby John, RDC of Greater Chennai Corporation Mr. Ravi, Project Head from Ramky and their teams were extremely kind in allowing us and also making arrangements to organise the entire project in a credible and transparent manner. With their help, we were able to transfer the monies directly to the individual bank accounts of the conservancy workers. Our HUGE thanks to them!


We know that there were invisible people who took it everywhere and our apologies if we are missing out but A HUGE SHOUTOUT and deep bow of respect to Arulpriya (MRC Nagar), Mr. Babu (Shastri Nagar), Mr. Bala (RK Nagar), Mrs. Shanti (Besant Nagar), Gayathri & Bharathi (Karpagam Gardens), Siddharth, Mr. Namachivayam & Mr. Ramakrishnan (FEDARA) and many many more who took it inside every home!


 We also want to thank Milaap for the huge help and support the team has shown in every step to achieve our goal! Special mention to the Co-Founder, Anoj Viswanathan! 😊

Our heartfelt thanks to the contributor family who helped boost our efforts by making a matching grant of Rs. 1 Lakh and organizer of milaap.org/fundraisers/socialshaadiCOVID19 who generously contributed from their fundraiser towards this initiative.

Here’s a short video to share what the thought process was and how the conservancy team reacted..


Some of the clips have been borrowed from video telecast on Kalaignar TV covering the project.


On 15th April 2020, our appreciation in the form of Rs. 2000+ per worker reached them individually in their bank accounts! Do see the screen shots appended for confirmation received from Milaap as well as some sample photos of messages confirming transfer from the workers themselves!

Here’s to many more such initiatives with all you noble souls!

With loads of love,
Kalpana - MRC Nagar, Meera - Gandhinagar, Janani and Mr. Sridharan - Kasturba Nagar, Meenakshi - Kotturpuram, Radhakrishnan aka Ranjit & Archana – Besant Nagar and Jayanthi – Thiruvanmiyur.


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9th April 2020
All of us have come together and made it happen!! :) We have reached the goal we set ourselves to say Thank You to our 1000+ conservancy workers in Zone 13 (Mandaveli to Velachery to Kotturpuram) in Chennai.

If you do want to contribute, our humble suggestion would be (a) if you are in Zone 13, do help other such affected people like daily wagers you know of like your electrician, carpenter, iron wala or (b) if outside of Zone 13, do bring your friends together and say thank you to the conservancy workers in your area!! :)

We are now moving gears into execution and disbursement. Across the wards, each of us volunteers are consulting on ground supervisors to confirm that nobody is left out from the list.

 We are also having our kids understand the importance of having them make thank you cards for the Annas and Akkas who keep them safe! :)

We will update you as soon as the money is disbursed, with as many photos and videos as possible. 
All of us have come together and made it happen!! :) We have reached the goal we set ourselves to say Thank You to our 1000+ conservancy workers in Zone 13 (Mandaveli to Velachery to Kotturpuram) in Chennai.

If you do want to contribute, our humble suggestion would be (a) if you are in Zone 13, do help other such affected people like daily wagers you know of like your electrician, carpenter, iron wala or (b) if outside of Zone 13, do bring your friends together and say thank you to the conservancy workers in your area!! :)

We are now moving gears into execution and disbursement. Across the wards, each of us volunteers are consulting on ground supervisors to confirm that nobody is left out from the list.

 We are also having our kids understand the importance of having them make thank you cards for the Annas and Akkas who keep them safe! :)

We will update you as soon as the money is disbursed, with as many photos and videos as possible. 
7th April 2020
Dear donors,

All of us volunteers working on the supporting fund have identified and finalised the list of regular workers. The total number is 1050. The goal is give Rs. 2000 per worker.  The funds needed is Rs. 21L after including the waivers being made by Milaap on all their costs incurred.

We have only 4 days left to reach our goal. Why? Because we want to say our Thank you by Tamil New Year.

Can you make just 2 of your friends in the zone make a contribution of Rs. 2000 to sponsor one Anna/ Akka each?  

With you, we are sure, we can reach our goal!!

Warm Regards,
Archana
Dear donors,

All of us volunteers working on the supporting fund have identified and finalised the list of regular workers. The total number is 1050. The goal is give Rs. 2000 per worker.  The funds needed is Rs. 21L after including the waivers being made by Milaap on all their costs incurred.

We have only 4 days left to reach our goal. Why? Because we want to say our Thank you by Tamil New Year.

Can you make just 2 of your friends in the zone make a contribution of Rs. 2000 to sponsor one Anna/ Akka each?  

With you, we are sure, we can reach our goal!!

Warm Regards,
Archana
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