During this time many well-wishers and organisations joined in to provide food and water on a daily basis to the thousands walking and waiting on the highways. The extension of the lockdown added to the problems both for the migrant workers staying as well as to the disadvantaged and vulnerable population around us and near us. Many were evicted, left homeless and lost jobs not to mention the abuse and discrimination they face on a daily basis.
As an organisation, we were busy working on a robust recovery plan that could help these people post COVID 19. Leading reports suggest that over 40% of the working population have lost or are at the verge of losing their jobs. Using our gifts and talents to teach and train self-reliance, self-sustainability and providing opportunities to help them recover from these losses using a holistic approach, we've also realised that the very basic problem still exists! They need the attention now, more than ever before. Hundreds of families need help with a regular supply of dry ration, women needing hygiene kits and child nutrition, clothing, reusable masks and coordinated hospital check-ups for the sick.
We have decided to make an urgent appeal to raise funds for hurting families, women and children so we can help them during these trying times. Rural and Urban Bangalore are seeing an increased number of people taking shelter on highways and roadsides needing immediate help.
The urban poor women demographic that we work with through our capacity building and training program have needs like dry ration and hygiene kits. We have also been partnering with a partner organisation in the slums of Kolkata where over 100 families need these dry ration kits, hygiene kits, masks etc. They are barely recovering from Cyclone Amphan that hit them a couple of weeks ago!
We have a budget to immediately raise 15,00,000 (Fifteen Lakhs) on an urgent basis to help provide for the needs of these people directly through our Project proVIDE.
The funds will provide for dry ration, hygiene kits, clothing for these families, women, children and vulnerable women and girls. We are planning to work with a few volunteer groups to reach them in Rural, Urban Bangalore as well as in Kolkata through our partner organisation.
Your contribution of Rs. 500, Rs.1000, Rs. 5000 & Rs.10000 will help us start work almost immediately. You can choose to contribute any amount of your choice although we have mentioned a suggested denomination. It will go a long way in helping us reach people in the next couple of weeks.
Dry Ration for a family of 3 a month @ Rs. 4000
Hygiene Kits for one woman per month @ Rs. 750
Reusable Cotton Masks @ Rs. 100 for a pair
Basic E-Health/Health Check-up @ Rs. 200 per person
Child Nutrition Kit @ Rs. 750 per child per month
One set of clothes for a family of 3 @ Rs. 1500 per family
Based on our current reach and need we have an estimated budget of Rs. 15,40,000 to provide all of the above needs for the first phase.