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COVID 19: Help OBLF feed starving Rural Communities
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  • Anish

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    Anish Ramachandran
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    One Billion Literates Foundation

    from Bengaluru, Karnataka

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“I haven’t seen my construction supervisor in two weeks”, he said, his eyes clouding over with tears. He was responding to my question about whether the supervisor responsible for the construction project was taking care of people who were working for him. “I am already five thousand rupees in debt, and I get food from wherever I can”, he continued tears streaming down now.
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. 
One Billion Literates Foundation (OBLF) - a non-profit which has been working for the last decade, at the intersection of education of rural under-privileged children in rural government schools, and skilling & empowerment of rural women – has decided that the communities that we work with would be best served at this juncture by us volunteering our time, our resources and our money to help such starving families with the most basic essentials; and the dignity of knowing that they will not be reduced to begging for food.
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;

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