Gobinda and a team of volunteers are reaching out to the most vulnerable people and communities who find themselves stranded without work, food and home during the lockdown announced by the Indian government.
As millions of daily wage labourers and working-class people take to the highways to find their way home, the war against the COVID-19 is threatening to become a humanitarian and economic crisis beyond imagination.
We are currently providing dry ration packs and cooked food daily to people in need in various parts of Khordha, Cuttack, Balasore, Angul, Mayurbhanj, Bhadrak and other states. We continue to respond to calls for help from across the country from those in search of a simple, sustaining meal.
These are the people who are at most risk of severe ill-health and death due to starvation. There are sections of the population that live on the edge even in times of apparent “normalcy”. When faced with a crisis like the Corona induced lockdown, it is they who are the most likely to fall off the edge.
We are especially conscious of doing food distribution in a dignified manner with the necessary protocols of social distancing. Everyone has the right to safe, dignified, nutritious food.
For this we have evolved three different engagements:
1.) Distribution of cooked meals: Based on continuous need assessment and our experience of work we have figured out locations where we need to distribute cooked food. Our volunteers are moving with vehicles that are collecting nutritious cooked food from a central kitchen and reaching these areas.
2.) Distribution of dry ration: Particularly for stranded migrant workers, the violence affected families in Odisha and to the distressed families in the slum areas we have also been packing and delivering dry ration kits in bulk. The kits include 5kg wheat flour, 5 kg rice, 2 kg pulse, 1 kg salt, 1 kg sugar, 1 lt refined oil, 100 g chilli powder, 50 g turmeric powder, 50 g coriander powder, 50 g zeera, 1 bathing soap and 1 detergent bar.
3.) Facilitated Distribution of cooked meals: Apart from this we also facilitated distribution through fraternal networks in several areas.
Gobinda started a human rights campaign that was first crafted as a journey of atonement, solidarity, conscience and justice. Since September 2017, she and her team have been travelling across India, reaching out to families hit by hate violence, offering them legal and psychosocial help as well as solace and atonement.
We need your support to continue and expand our work with utmost efficiency. We urge you to come forward and donate generously in these trying times and help as many needy people as possible.