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DA Emergency Fund

DAIICT campus has been shut down since March 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to be closed at least until December 2020. This has resulted in a loss of business and pay for over 50 temporary workers (yes there are "THAT MANY") in the cafeteria.

Unlike popular belief, most workers, especially the cafeteria staff, do not receive any salary from the institute. The cafeteria is run by contractors who solely rely on the revenue they generate to pay the workers. The contactors have supported the workers so far by using their personal savings, but have now run out of that too. If not helped by us, they face eviction and starvation.

These are the people who have served us for years, some of them for more than a decade. Now they need our support. This campaign aims to raise 10 Lakh INR for this cause, which will be distributed to these workers.

Your contribution will help feed families of these people who have been feeding you with a smile since years.

Who are the people behind this fund raiser?

We are a group of alumni from across different batches who have benefited from the support and service of the cafeteria staff.  The list of people officially associated with this campaign can be found in the documents section of this campaign. There are a lot more people involved and supporting the cause unofficially.

What is DAIICT admin doing to help them? Isn't it their responsibility?
Cafeteria workers are not employed by DAIICT, as such it is not their responsibility to pay them. Nonetheless, the administration has supported them so far by not taking rent, electricity and gas bills for the cafeteria countersWe are in touch with them to see in what other manner they can support. However, the primary responsibility lies with campaigns such as this one. One such similar campaign was organized by DAIICT faculty members in April. The amount collected was used to help over 100 staff members. However, given that they won't have any income atleast for the next 6 months, as institute does not open until january, our continued support is required.

How do we know the funds will be used for the intended cause?

Milaap is a well-known organization for fundraising and does its own checking before releasing the funds to the campaign organizers. On our end, we will involve multiple people from DAIICT faculties and admin to ensure the fund is used appropriately. Prof. Yash Vasavda is one of the faculty members who has agreed to be part of the campaign officially.

Who will be the end beneficiaries of this campaign?

We are in touch with the cafeteria contractors to get a list of staff members who will receive the funds. It will be uploaded to the document section soon.

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15th September 2020
Hi all,

We are happy to let you know that two more instalments have been processed and one more under way. This brings the total beneficiaries so far to 45. The updated list can be found in the documents section. We are doing our best to ensure the remaining workers are benefited as soon as possible.

Thanks and Regards,
Parth Mehta.
(On behalf of all the campaign organizers).
Hi all,

We are happy to let you know that two more instalments have been processed and one more under way. This brings the total beneficiaries so far to 45. The updated list can be found in the documents section. We are doing our best to ensure the remaining workers are benefited as soon as possible.

Thanks and Regards,
Parth Mehta.
(On behalf of all the campaign organizers).
11th September 2020
Hi All,

We've been gradually releasing the payments to the staff across all the cafeteria counters. So far we have distributed the following amount:

  • 1st Installment (1Lakh): Padmakamal Caterers (counter 2 and 3)
  • 2nd Installment (60K): Honey One foods (Counter 1)
  • 3rd Installment (1Lakh): Shinestar Enterprise (Mess, counter 4 and counter 5)
  • 4th Installment (20K): Kuldevi Caterers (Chai counter).
This has benefited 18 workers so far. The list of beneficiaries can be found in the document sections. We plan to cover all the workers in the next 1-2 weeks.

Thank you for your support.

Regards,
Parth Mehta.
(On behalf of all the campaign organizers).
Hi All,

We've been gradually releasing the payments to the staff across all the cafeteria counters. So far we have distributed the following amount:

  • 1st Installment (1Lakh): Padmakamal Caterers (counter 2 and 3)
  • 2nd Installment (60K): Honey One foods (Counter 1)
  • 3rd Installment (1Lakh): Shinestar Enterprise (Mess, counter 4 and counter 5)
  • 4th Installment (20K): Kuldevi Caterers (Chai counter).
This has benefited 18 workers so far. The list of beneficiaries can be found in the document sections. We plan to cover all the workers in the next 1-2 weeks.

Thank you for your support.

Regards,
Parth Mehta.
(On behalf of all the campaign organizers).
3rd September 2020
Hi All,

Two weeks ago we reached out to you to support this campaign for helping DAIICT workers, and you donated generously. We can't appreciate you enough for all the support and kind words as well as your help in spreading the word.

You might be curious how these funds will be utilized, and how we plan to ensure they reach the intended beneficiaries. Below we outline the general procedure we are following to ensure transparency and make the process as smooth as possible.

  1. We collected a list of beneficiaries from the cafeteria contractors. We are verifying this list using photo-ids and phone numbers. It is not that we do not trust the contractors, but we believe it is better to ensure transparency at each step. As of now, we have about 60-65 workers on this list.
  2. Once some of the beneficiaries are verified, we pass that list to Milaap, along with their govt issued id card, their employee id card as well as their phone numbers.
  3. We request the withdrawal of funds corresponding to these verified beneficiaries to the contractor's bank account. 
  4. The contractors then pass this to the individual workers. We will closely monitor this step by checking with the workers as well as verifying the bank statement of the contractors. In some cases, the workers do not have a bank account. In this case, the contractors will give them cash, in the presence of one of the organizers.
At present we intend to provide support of 20,000 INR per worker. This amount should be able to support them and their families for the next 3-4 months. Hopefully, the institute will be open by January and the cafeteria will be functional again.

This is the first withdrawal request for 5 workers from Padma Kaimal caterers (or popularly known as the dosa counters). The beneficiary list for each such request, including this one, will be uploaded in the document sections.

Both the campaign organizers as well as the cafeteria staff greatly appreciate your support.

Thanks & Regards,
Parth Mehta.
(Campaign Organizer)
Hi All,

Two weeks ago we reached out to you to support this campaign for helping DAIICT workers, and you donated generously. We can't appreciate you enough for all the support and kind words as well as your help in spreading the word.

You might be curious how these funds will be utilized, and how we plan to ensure they reach the intended beneficiaries. Below we outline the general procedure we are following to ensure transparency and make the process as smooth as possible.

  1. We collected a list of beneficiaries from the cafeteria contractors. We are verifying this list using photo-ids and phone numbers. It is not that we do not trust the contractors, but we believe it is better to ensure transparency at each step. As of now, we have about 60-65 workers on this list.
  2. Once some of the beneficiaries are verified, we pass that list to Milaap, along with their govt issued id card, their employee id card as well as their phone numbers.
  3. We request the withdrawal of funds corresponding to these verified beneficiaries to the contractor's bank account. 
  4. The contractors then pass this to the individual workers. We will closely monitor this step by checking with the workers as well as verifying the bank statement of the contractors. In some cases, the workers do not have a bank account. In this case, the contractors will give them cash, in the presence of one of the organizers.
At present we intend to provide support of 20,000 INR per worker. This amount should be able to support them and their families for the next 3-4 months. Hopefully, the institute will be open by January and the cafeteria will be functional again.

This is the first withdrawal request for 5 workers from Padma Kaimal caterers (or popularly known as the dosa counters). The beneficiary list for each such request, including this one, will be uploaded in the document sections.

Both the campaign organizers as well as the cafeteria staff greatly appreciate your support.

Thanks & Regards,
Parth Mehta.
(Campaign Organizer)
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