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Mazdoor Kitchen is a citizen run voluntary initiative, working to provide meals and subsistence to daily wage workers in North Delhi.
Run by a dedicated team of volunteers comprising professors, students, artists and people from the community itself, it has been providing meals and ration kits to hundreds of people across north delhi, ever since the beginning of the lockdown.
Previously known as MD 1, it was part of the Mazdoor Dhaba initiative, which consisted of three kitchens in all. This was the flagship kitchen that began out of a garage in St. Stephens College, and has run continuously for 94 days, providing for migrant workers, homeless people and daily wage earners in areas such as Azad Market, Filmistan, Kingsway Camp, Patel Chest, Roop Nagar and Pulbangash.
Since 12th June 2020, it has found a new home at the Jawahar Nagar Community Centre. Branching off now as an independent venture to continue to provide for the dire need for meals and ration, the Mazdoor Kitchen is now looking to run for another 62 days. EXTENDED TO 92 DAYS!
Through a sustained effort, the initiative has also developed a keen relationship with members of the community. Aside from food and ration, the kitchen now intends to start facilitating employment opportunities for the community by looking into a sewing unit to manufacture masks, employment through the kitchen itself and supporting small businesses such as food carts.
As the country continues to reel under the effect of the Lockdown imposed due to the spread of Covid 19, daily wage earners have been largely left to their own devices. The country has been witnessing unending cycles of migration and now, reverse migration of workers who found no support in the cities and now, find no sources of income in the villages too. Most who have lost employment as industries stand devastated by the economic repercussions of the virus and the safety concerns brought about by physical proximity, will not see opportunities open up for months to come. The need to continue the work of the kitchen remains urgent.
Several beneficiaries of the initiative have no other source of income or subsistence. Often, the food packets delivered across the area are the only meals available to the people in a day.
Help us continue our work.
INITIAL 8 LACS FOR:
1.500 meals a day for a period of two months,
ration kits and cylinders to 70 families, thrice a month for two months
2.Employment opportunities at the kitchen for 5-8 people from different communities
3.Aid setting up of new employment ventures for people via providing sewing machines, food thelas, material for making masks etc.
Based on on-ground requirements and the overwhelming response that Mazdoor Kitchen received in its first week, we decided to extend our work an extra month till the end of September, making it a total of 92 days.
During our first week of working, we found that daily requirement of food packets required went up from 500 to almost 600 as there were some shifts of population to Mazdoor Kitchen food drop off points, as other sources of support became scant. Vegetable prices also increased by about 20%.
Our livelihoods initiative - Two sewing machines were repaired and put to good use, for making masks. One thela waala was given support and is now working again, and seven people from the community were given a small stipend for the long hours of work that they put in at the kitchen itself, and for delivery. This needs to be extended to eleven people.
Due to the increased demand, we will now look at getting three more machines for the sewing work and will also extend further support to food thela waalas, gubbara waalas, and others.
Many thanks for your valuable and much needed support.
We are increasing our target support amount, in light of the still dire need, and increased work.
With increased support, we can carry on with more Livelihood Initiatives, employ more community members, and be prepared for the spike up in food distribution that is expected in a week or two. Reports are coming in everyday of new families arriving back from the villages, and they have no jobs/work. Also, some community families have shifted elsewhere in desperate search of work, but finding none, are returning back.
We will also be able to support Bulla as he will require long term specialised physiotherapy and a minimum rehabilitation time of at least 4-8 months during which time the family will be without an earning member, hence will require full support in every way. We will be able to give Subhash Camp Community Kitchen assistance as well. Also, we will be in a better position to do relief work during contingencies and tragedies such as the Shahbad Dairy fire.
Therefore, we are increasing our target amount to Rs. 16 lacs. We will continue to keep meticulous accounts and post daily updates of the work done.
Thank you. Your support is what makes it possible for us to continue this work, without which, we would be unable to continue this.
ACCORDINGLY, WE HAVE REVISED OUR EXTENSION TARGET TO Rs. 16 LACS TOTAL.
Thank you once again. Please do help us spread the word about Mazdoor Kitchen