6 months ago on the 27th of March , 2020 the power of the word START was revealed to me. Ever since this global travesty leading to an all India lockdown , we have seen a lot of suffering, and the insurmountable challenges in the world of the less to zero privileged. I know that a lot of us if not more have wanted to contribute, help, make a difference. I also felt that way, but was also wrapped up with living on my own, making sure to keep myself safe, and worried about my loved ones. It was the end of the month I had only 1500 rupees in my bank account and was living in total isolation and fearful of stepping out at all, I would wash my hands more than 20 times a day, and would forward all the usual messages with the numbers and the grim outlook with the let’s ban China theme, and I came across these three videos, and they shook me up from deep inside. One was of a little boy walking from Delhi to Bihar crying out of hunger, and second of a Doctor who was in tears because he had to stay away from his family to keep them safe and the third a traffic police in Bangalore, who while trying to educate the general public pleading them for their own safety breaking down crying . The next day, on 27th of march, with only 1500 rupees in my account I walked out of my house, with an intent to START, with a simple mission, no one goes hungry. I bought supplies, which included groceries for the food I was going to cook and protective gear to ensure safety, mine and others. On that day I made 17 meals and handed it to those in need in and around Veera Desai Road, Mumbai. I came home wrote a long message, and attached pictures and sent it to my close friends in Mumbai to let them know what I had started and what I wanted to continue doing and stated that anyone could join the team. I had 3 people join in the very first day more people followed in the next few days and We became a Team of 20 on ground in Mumbai and so many more who contributed from across India and the world.Today, 23rd September our journey is on its 180th day. For the first 75 days, every day, we distributed around 140 hot meals , provided 30- 40 ration kits with supplies for a week to families who couldn’t afford it and also gave tea & biscuits to our Police & BMC workers and fed stray animals. After 75 days we halted the service of distributing hot meals and tea biscuits, as per assessment of requirements. We have continued with the ration kits, because more than ever now, there is a rising need for ration supplies, it’s been 6 months, without work and income for so many, daily wage workers, contract workers, artists, house helps, those who have lost their jobs, the need is ever growing. Even after post lockdown few people are still fighting for livelihood.All of what we have been able to do wouldn’t have been possible without the generous and repeated donations of so many friends, family and their friends.
In 180 days we have distributed:
Hot Meals – 8500 – (only first 75 days)
Tea & Biscuits - 4000 Police & BMC Personnel (only first 75 days)
Weekly Ration Kits – 5000
Goggles for Police – 100
Migrants get home – 3 families
Medical care – medicine and paid for doctor fees – 4
Distributed Clothes to the homeless
Core Team Members: Sukhdev Singh, Monika Sharma, Smita Ray, Vikash Sharma, Ratnesh Bhagat, Lata Bhagat, Deepa Bhagat, Pramod Bhagat, Gaurav Kumar, Barkha Swaroop Saxena, Manisha Pradhan, Krishna Prasad, Suraj Chauhan, Vatsala Bhatt, Purbasha Shee, Smita Chavan, Poonam Singh, Som Kanshana, Mahesh Chandra Bhatt, Gurdev Singh Virk, Neelam Singh Aashish Jha…. and everyone who has contributed by sending money and made this humanitarian endeavour possible. We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed and donated, some have been donating again and again. The need like we said is ever growing and we need all the help we can get.
Please donate, help those in need, there are so many, we can do this , with your generosity we can continue the help. Thank you.