For a long time now, We have all wanted to be of a little more help in this fight against COVID than simply sitting at home in isolation and a lot of us must have already contributed towards some relief aids. The State and Central Governments are already trying to support migrant workers. But within weeks, the waiting list for Government facilitated transport has already run into lakhs. And so for my birthday this year, I have decided to start a fundraiser to contribute towards this cause. The money raised would go directly to the Lala Bhagwandas Trust that is running the Ghar Bhejo Campaign alongside Khaanachahie to help stranded migrant workers reach home safely.
What is Ghar Bhejo:
Lala Bhagwandas Trust and Khaanachahiye, in collaboration with Government authorities and inter-state private transporters, will arrange for buses to take migrants to their villages across the country through the Gharbhejo campaign. Team Gharbhejo, in partnership with local officials, procures all necessary permissions, including medical certifications, NOCs, etc. These documents will be provided to the authorities in both the Home State (Maharashtra) and the destination State.
Gharbhejo campaign by LB Trust , Neeti Goel, and KhaanaChahiye is officially supported by Sonu Sood.
How can you help:
I am trying to raise an amount that would cover the expense of two buses which would take upto 70 migrant workers to the doorsteps of their home and I believe with your help I just might. You can contribute towards the fund in whatever capacity you would like/can. The overall cost of the journey, including fuel charges, driver charges, tolls, and permits, comes to ~Rs. 75 per kilometer. Thus, a bus covering 1,000 km and ferrying 35 migrant workers costs Rs. 75,000, while the one covering 2000 km costs Rs. 1,50,000. This translates to little over Rs. 2 per km per passenger.
- ₹60,000 - covers the approx. cost of one bus to travel 1000 km
- ₹8,000 - helps a migrant family travel 1000 km
- ₹3,000 - helps a migrant travel 1500 km
- ₹1,500 - helps a migrant travel 750 km
- ₹500 - helps a migrant travel 250 km
About Lala Bhagwandas Trust:
Lala Bhagwandas Trust, is a 35-year-old charitable organization that supports developmental work in the fields of medical infrastructure and education. During the Covid-19 crisis, Lala Bhagwandas Trust served meals and ration kits to the underprivileged and supported medical staff with PPE kits.
I will be posting regular updates on the funds raised and the campaign.
Aditya Kumar Singh