Kiran is a 28 year-old construction worker from Bihar living in a small shanty with fifteen others; abandoned by his employers, Kiran has no one to complain to; no one to seek redressal from; he had come here to Bangalore three years ago, lured by the prospect of a booming construction industry trying to serve this city already bursting at its seams. Today, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, he – and his cohort of fifteen co-workers – are amongst the millions of daily wage earners who have been left completely adrift; and completely bereft of any income;
To heap insult to injury, the only ‘social distancing’ Kiran and his fifteen house-mates can practice in their two-hundred square feet shanty is to have a filthy bandanna tied across their faces; the resigned looks in their eyes tell a thousand stories – not the least of which is one of desperation for food; and the abject fear that makes grown men cry.
Our decade long association with this Anekal sub-division of Bangalore which has 227 villages, and the fact that our women para-teachers belong to many of these same villages ensures that we are able to identify and specifically target pockets of migrant and non-migrant populations who are the most deserving of help;
This small army of OBLF’s women para-teachers has come together to procure and prepare individual food kits with food rations for one month for a family of four; which then get distributed based on the acuteness of need; we also work with the local police-station which has been very helpful in guiding us to the right locations;