Vishwas, while life was difficult before pandemic, was able to feed his family of four selling Channa's in the local trains. He and his wife both are fully blind.
There are 150 such blind families at Azad Chowk Slum, Nigdi, who used to sell toys, sing songs and beg in trains and at the bus stops. Since the pandemic, their income has gone down to zero. They are in such dire straits and barely have any means to put food on the table for a single meal. While there are lots of charities out there we found these families to be the neglected lot.
Since October last year, about 40 of us have contributed for a Rs 2000 Ration kit consisting of food and daily essential to support 50 families. As the lockdown restriction has eased, a few of us have also formed a think tank to look at ways to make the families self-sustain either help educate their child, help set up a small shop or rent a rickshaw. There are many more families that needs our support. Please join us in adopting a family with your monthly contribution.
October 2020: 25 Kits
November 2020: 50 Kits 23k 77k 100k
December 2020: 50 Kits 26k 74k 100k
January 2021: 60 Kits 30k 70k 100k
February 2021: 50 Kits 24k 86k 110k
March 2021: 50 kits 24k 76k 100k
- 10 kg aata
- 10 kg rice
- 5 kg bajra/jowar
- 2 litre soyabean oil
- 2 kg masoor dal
- 1 kg chana
- 2 kg salt
- 250gm klc
- 1 kg poha
- 1 kg besan
- 1 kg jaggerry
- 200 gms lal mirchi
- 50 gms haldi
- 100 gms jeera
- 100 gms Rai
- 200 gms dhaniya
- 250 gms tea
- 2 kg sugar
- 1 soap handwash
- 2 bathing soap
- 2 soap bartan
- 2 soap clothes
- 2 sanitary napkin
- 1 packet rusk
- 4 cream biscuit
How do you contribute?
1. Milaap Donation: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-visually-impaired-covid-effect-families-f
These funds are transferred to the shopkeeper.
*New* If you can, please use Milaap Monthly Donation - set and forget to pay for your monthly contributions.
2. Direct Transfer to shopkeeper: PayTM / GooglePay / PhonePe: +919822002564 (Amit Ramniwas Goyal)
You could adopt any number of families on monthly basis or even make any ad-hoc payment as per your wish.
How do we ensure the money makes to the right people?
Every month the funds are collected via 1) a fundraiser or 2) directly transferred to Goyal Provision Stores, a wholesale grocer at Pune Market Yard. The owner Amit Goyal packages the ration kit at the wholesale rate for a single-family in individual packets. Amit a believer in our cause do not charge us any extra for packing or transportation charges. The kits are then distributed to the families. We verify the mobile number and picture of each family at the time of distribution.
Accounts (click to view):
Every step and detail is totally transparent and accessible by all.
Please join the Whatsapp group (click to join)
Highly encourage you to join us on Whatsapp, the group is only active during the last few days of the month when we remind people to contribute and publish the pictures of the kit distribution. This is also where we discuss sustainable solutions, all ideas are welcome.