COVID 19 pandemic exposed to one of the hugest and most miserable calamities in most recent times in India, particularly to the lowest economic section of the society. Among the most affected and severely hit were the daily wagers, Slum dwellers, House maids, Homeless population and migrant labourers. They lost their daily earning capacity and were left with nothing to cook and eat. The government support could not reach to all neither it was sufficient for those who got it. A large population was starving and struggling hard to survive. Meanwhile, The "Shaheed Path," a connecting highway of the State capital of Uttar Pradesh, too witnessed and allowed arguably one of the biggest migrations after India and Pakistan partition. The scenes at the Shaheed path tells you how the situation is so desperate, thousands of migrants emerged from factories and workplaces in search of a way home in trucks, bullock carts, on cycles or on foot. The scorching heat of the month of May is making their journey tougher when there is nothing to be purchased that they can eat or drink. They even do not have money to buy a bottle of water to soothe their burning throat.
VJ welfare Foundation too stood up to respond to the situation of misery and crisis and to ensure that the HUNGER and THIRST do not get them before the COVID-19 does. VJ welfare Foundation long with it volunteers has been working on 02 fronts:
- Providing Groceries to the needy people in and around Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh which included
- Rice: 5 KGs
- Daal: 2 KG
- Wheat Flour” 5 KG
- Mustard oil: 500 Ml Bottle
- Salt: 1 KG
- Milk pouch: 200 Ml.
- Providing Food packets and Drinking water to the migrant labours returning back to their homes and also to the front line CORONA warriors such as local police and the other officials on the street. Food packets includes
- 2 Packets of biscuits.
- One packet of Petha.
- 2 Bananas
- One packet of Namkeen.
- One each packets of Lai and Chana.
- One litre mineral water bottle.
So far the foundation has been able to provide 5400 food packets and 7,000 one litre water bottles to the labours that are on the way to their homes. The foundation has also been able to reach 1200 families in supporting their ration needs.
With the help of local volunteers, NGOs/ CBOs and others, the foundation is working now in supporting these daily wage labourers and their families to provide a livelihood support and establish a rehabilitation program for them.