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Help Daily Wagers Meet Basic Needs During Maharashtra Lockdown
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    Pankaj Chauhan
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Pankaj

    from Badlapur, Maharashtra

Story

India has reported more than 470 cases of confirmed COVID-19 as of 23rd March 2020. There has been a significant rise in the pandemic spread during the last couple of days. As Communal sharing has already started occurring in India, the true magnitude of the epidemic across the country could possibly be even greater - only if we test more can we know about those cases.

The country in order to control the spread has imposed the biggest ever lockdown across 24 states, over 75 districts and more than 1000 cities. Maharashtra is currently the hardest affected state with 97 confirmed cases as on date. The state is currently under complete lockdown with the strict imposition of curfew.

In Need of Our Help

While lockdown is a respectable gesture by the central and state governments to construct social distancing in the societies in order to break down the chain of the virus and to put a check on the community spread stage of the pandemic…

However, this lockdown has most affected the everyday wage earners and low-income communities as their financial health are directly impacted.

As per my experience being a social worker for the last 10 years - there are more than 1800 families in my nearby localities of Badlapur suburban in Thane district of Maharashtra…that have been dependent on their daily wages to put the bread on the table for their family every day…

My Initiative

As one of the most important necessity is of fulfilling the basic food requirements for these families during these tough times…While it is also necessary to maintain the social distancing drive promoted by the government..

As an initial plan, I have already talked with nearby local grocery store owners to help many of these families source their basic and essential groceries requirement… on an assurance that the payments to shop owners be made by me.

Plan of Action

As of now, I have introduced 67 people with the grocery store owner in a nearby area so that they can source basic necessities up to INR 1000 per person for the next 10 days on credit pledged on my guarantee. While on the other hand, I have talked to the shop owners that the payments will be made by me in the coming month between 5th to 10th April 2020...for this I have set aside an amount of INR 75K for the same...

However, as a large number of people approx. 1500 to 2000 people in the area and nearby locality that are daily wagers like electricians, plumbers, masons, or construction workers, auto drivers, etc.... I have been approached with more than 100 people in just two days for help... after the word spread locally that I have started such an initiative...

Since I am a small-time entrepreneur I lack funds to extend my help to these people...as it needs massive funds...On the other hand, as the situation is unfolding in the state there seems no respite from lockdown for next month also... Thus looking at the scenario - I assume there would be a need a fund of around 20 to 30 lakhs to help around 1500 to 2000+ people over the coming 3 to 4 weeks...with supplies of necessary grocery items in a range of INR 1500 per person. 

I invite everyone to join me in this initiative and a noble cause of standing by these fellow countrymen and help them fight these tough times… especially during the coming weeks that are going to get tough as we need a massive input of funds to run such an initiative(s)…

There are a number of ways that ‘You’ can extend your support ....
  1. With monetary contributions as per your capability and wish… and / or
  2. You can share this to spread the word in your friends and social circle so that more and more people could help
I also urge you to pin-point a few needy families in your area and help them during these tough times…

Let us FIGHT Together against COVID -19 pandemic!!!

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