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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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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
3rd April 2020
In this crisis, we come across many who are struggling – be it a painter, electrician, iron wala or flower seller. We may not be able to help all but can we those who are actively working for us every day?

Have you ever thought about this - what if they had not come to clear up the garbage?


We are looking to say Thank You this Tamizh New Year, April 14th, which means we need to get our goal by April 10th to ensure the monies reach them by 13th latest!  

If you have given already, do think about giving some more - did it match your maid's - the one who keeps your home clean - monthly pay? If not, make it match! :) These guys clean our home (areas) all through the year! 

If it does match, be their champion and make sure your friends and family contribute too! 

We have received the bank account details for all the 1050 regular workers from the service provider. It is being verified by the individual ward volunteers. We are also looking at having our children recognise the efforts of the workers and asking them to make a Thank You card for each of the Annas & Akkas! :)

Thank you again for the support!  

Regards,
Archana Hari

In this crisis, we come across many who are struggling – be it a painter, electrician, iron wala or flower seller. We may not be able to help all but can we those who are actively working for us every day?

Have you ever thought about this - what if they had not come to clear up the garbage?


We are looking to say Thank You this Tamizh New Year, April 14th, which means we need to get our goal by April 10th to ensure the monies reach them by 13th latest!  

If you have given already, do think about giving some more - did it match your maid's - the one who keeps your home clean - monthly pay? If not, make it match! :) These guys clean our home (areas) all through the year! 

If it does match, be their champion and make sure your friends and family contribute too! 

We have received the bank account details for all the 1050 regular workers from the service provider. It is being verified by the individual ward volunteers. We are also looking at having our children recognise the efforts of the workers and asking them to make a Thank You card for each of the Annas & Akkas! :)

Thank you again for the support!  

Regards,
Archana Hari

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Rs.2,207,588 raised

Goal: Rs.2,160,000

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Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
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Anonymous donated Rs.2,500

Good luck!! We are all together in this!

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Anupama donated Rs.2,500

Great job!

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Gayathri donated Rs.2,500

I can't thank enough the workers who work hard to keep our Chennai clean

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Snehalatha donated Rs.1,500