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Feed the Needy during COVID-19 Lockdown

As I am not representing any organization and placing this request as an individual, I think it is proper to introduce myself.

I am Shahjahan, from Tamil Nadu, residing in Delhi. I am active on Facebook and helping the needly during disasters.

 For the past six years, I am also helping poor students for their education, to the tune of about Rs 15-20 lakhs every year. All this charity work is done only with the help of my Facebook friends, who contribute generously whenever I make a request. 

For educational aid, I don't get money to my account, but I send the beneficiary account details to the donors who directly send to the students. 

On Facebook, you can find me @ <Shahjahan R>.

You are aware of how the lockdown terribly affected the daily wagers, migrant workers, roadside vendors, people without shelters, and those who don't have any ration card or I-card to claim the very little benefits provided by the governments.

I have a great team of devoted friends who work in Tamil Nadu during such disasters. Since the lockdown started, my friends are active in the field, distributing food and essential items for the poor and needy.

 I would like to mention a few names of my friends who are in the field, whom you might have also known in Tamil circle: Iniyan & Aanman in Chennai, great commanders in organizing and fundraising. Manimaran in Thiruvarur, a teacher who is running a community kitchen. Odiyen Lakshmanan, an activist working amongst tribal people of Coimbatore. Dr. Ramya, a professor in Nagapattinam, cooking and distributing food for 300 people daily. Raajamagal, working in the Trichy area. Ramesh Babu in Chidambaram and Cuddalore. Bhuvana, a teacher in Kumbakonam. Pudukai Selva in Pudukkottai. Sundarapandian in Villupuram. 

The list goes on. Charity activities of these friends can also be seen on their Facebook pages.

Since the lockdown started, I was able to organize more than Rupees 5,50,000 (5.5 lakhs) from my Facebook friends and sent them to those in the field. My friends also raised funds from their circles. All put together, the expense comes more than Rs 1 lakh per day for our works. 

We were of the hope that lockdown will end by 3 May. Whatever funds or resources we have is sufficient only up to 3 May.

Now the lockdown has been extended again. Our resources have dried up. All these days we have been regularly supplying food and material to the poor, unorganized workers and roadside people. 

Many migrant workers depend on our daily supply for survival. All of them have been surviving only with the aid provided by us and will be looking for us again after 3 May. I can't imagine how they would feel if our regular food supply does not reach them on time after 3 May. Hence this fundraising.

As one of the coordinators for all these activists, I request you to donate as much as you can to continue our services to the poor.

Some of you may think : 
Why should I donate to an individual's bank account? I won't get any tax exemption for such donations! Is this guy reliable? How can I make sure that the money I give goes only to the poor?

Yes. You are right in your questions. I would have also thought in the same way if I happened to read such an appeal.

But, I can assure that I will use each penny only for the poor affected by this lockdown. All I can say is, you can see on my Facebook page to know more about me.

Y
ou can contribute to this cause only if you feel that this guy speaks from his heart. 

For more info, you can see my Facebook page.
With fervent hope, I am waiting.
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22nd June 2020
Dear Donors,

It was a great experience for me in this crowdfunding effort. This is my first campaign and I would like to thank everyone who came forward to donate.

I have posted a detailed post on my Facebook page about all the details of donations. You can see in this link.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3056676181021801&set=a.368701183152661&type=3

Funds raised have been utilized in the following ways, I sent money to the activists as given below, on different occasions as and when necessary :
Iniyan, Chennai - 25000
Iniyan, Chennai - 10000
Aanman, Chennai - 10000
Kumaresan, Rasipuram - 20000
Prabu, Ariyalur - 10000
Thirumurugan, Thiruvengadu - 7500
Silambarasan, Tanjore - 10000
Silambarasan, Tanjore - 5000
Iniyan (Kavitha Maligai) - 12000
Sunilraj Arakkonam - 15000
Sai Ramya, Nagapattianm - 15000
Iniyan, Chennai - 5000
Aanman, Chennai - 15000
Sivagurunathan Madurai - 15000
Lucky Store, Delhi - 10000
Manirathinam, Perambalur - 10000
Iniyan, Chennai - 10000
Durai Raj - 4000
Iniyan, Chennai - 7000
Through me - 60500
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Total - 275000
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Total receipt   - 301648
Total expense - 275000
Balance as on 30 May 25648

This amount of 25648 was also sent to the poor and the needy after May through Iniyan and other friends.
Even now I am getting requests from different quarters for essential items, self-help groups, and medical needs. But as we have stopped our relief work, I restrict myself with whatever I can do through my Facebook friends.

Lastly, I would also like to mention that through my Facebook I was able to collect and send 6,36,000 to the activists directly.

I thank once again all the donors.
Also my heartfelt thanks to the Milaap team who were very prompt in responding to all my questions and doubts.

Shahjahan
Dear Donors,

It was a great experience for me in this crowdfunding effort. This is my first campaign and I would like to thank everyone who came forward to donate.

I have posted a detailed post on my Facebook page about all the details of donations. You can see in this link.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3056676181021801&set=a.368701183152661&type=3

Funds raised have been utilized in the following ways, I sent money to the activists as given below, on different occasions as and when necessary :
Iniyan, Chennai - 25000
Iniyan, Chennai - 10000
Aanman, Chennai - 10000
Kumaresan, Rasipuram - 20000
Prabu, Ariyalur - 10000
Thirumurugan, Thiruvengadu - 7500
Silambarasan, Tanjore - 10000
Silambarasan, Tanjore - 5000
Iniyan (Kavitha Maligai) - 12000
Sunilraj Arakkonam - 15000
Sai Ramya, Nagapattianm - 15000
Iniyan, Chennai - 5000
Aanman, Chennai - 15000
Sivagurunathan Madurai - 15000
Lucky Store, Delhi - 10000
Manirathinam, Perambalur - 10000
Iniyan, Chennai - 10000
Durai Raj - 4000
Iniyan, Chennai - 7000
Through me - 60500
------------------------------
Total - 275000
--------------------------------
Total receipt   - 301648
Total expense - 275000
Balance as on 30 May 25648

This amount of 25648 was also sent to the poor and the needy after May through Iniyan and other friends.
Even now I am getting requests from different quarters for essential items, self-help groups, and medical needs. But as we have stopped our relief work, I restrict myself with whatever I can do through my Facebook friends.

Lastly, I would also like to mention that through my Facebook I was able to collect and send 6,36,000 to the activists directly.

I thank once again all the donors.
Also my heartfelt thanks to the Milaap team who were very prompt in responding to all my questions and doubts.

Shahjahan
29th May 2020
Dear Donors,
As mentioned earlier, funds withdrawn have been sent to different activists. Since things are becoming normal, we have reduced our works and give essential items only to the very needy. As the lockdown comes to an end, I would like to close this fundraising campaign. Already I have transferred more money than what I collected here. I will write a details post about how much donation was collected and how it was distributed on my facebook page.
Thanks to you all.
Dear Donors,
As mentioned earlier, funds withdrawn have been sent to different activists. Since things are becoming normal, we have reduced our works and give essential items only to the very needy. As the lockdown comes to an end, I would like to close this fundraising campaign. Already I have transferred more money than what I collected here. I will write a details post about how much donation was collected and how it was distributed on my facebook page.
Thanks to you all.
20th May 2020
Dear Donors,

Funds collected have been sent to different activists working in the field in Tamil Nadu. So far we have withdrawn around 1,30,000 to RS Ameena's account and used it as mentioned.

For example,
Odiyen Lakshmanan in Coimbatore tribal areas. He is instrumental in organising community kitchens which are being run regularly. A story has been telecast on News18 TV about this initiative.

Aanman and Iniyan in Chennai who have been distributing food and essential items. After the 4th lockdown started, DMK also supplied food pockets.

Sunilraj and his team of young people distributed essential items to Irular community people near Arakkonam.

Prof. Ramya distributing cooked food for the poor and roadside people in Nagappattinam.

There are thousands of photos. I am uploading just a few photos here.
More details will be updated as and when I can make collages.
Thanks to everyone for their contribution.

Dear Donors,

Funds collected have been sent to different activists working in the field in Tamil Nadu. So far we have withdrawn around 1,30,000 to RS Ameena's account and used it as mentioned.

For example,
Odiyen Lakshmanan in Coimbatore tribal areas. He is instrumental in organising community kitchens which are being run regularly. A story has been telecast on News18 TV about this initiative.

Aanman and Iniyan in Chennai who have been distributing food and essential items. After the 4th lockdown started, DMK also supplied food pockets.

Sunilraj and his team of young people distributed essential items to Irular community people near Arakkonam.

Prof. Ramya distributing cooked food for the poor and roadside people in Nagappattinam.

There are thousands of photos. I am uploading just a few photos here.
More details will be updated as and when I can make collages.
Thanks to everyone for their contribution.

Rs.157,538 raised

Goal: Rs.1,500,000

Beneficiary: Shahjahan info_outline

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