“5 to 10 people live under a single tiny roof in slum areas. If even a single person in the family tests positive for Covid, the whole family suffers. They have no idea how to receive treatment for this disease, where to get help or what medicines to take. When they approach someone for help, they are chased away for being slum dwellers.”
- Dev Pratap, co founder, Voice Of Slum
There is a group of vulnerable people that have been left to fend for themselves amidst this chaos that has erupted. The poorer sections of society, especially those living in slum areas, have also been heavily affected by the deadly second wave, but they are clueless as to how to deal with it.
Voice Of Slum, an NGO founded by Chandni Di and Dev Pratap, has been working to empower kids from slums for the past 7 years. Being close to the slum community and their activities, the team realized that these people were absolutely helpless during the pandemic. They had no jobs or income, neither did they have any savings. Most of them could not even manage 2 meals a day.
This spurred them on to redirect their resources and help slum dwellers during these troubled times. The Voice Of Slum team has been working tirelessly to ensure that every family has food to eat by distributing grocery kits. Since the first wave of Covid-19 in 2020, the team has served over 20 lakh meals to those in need.
"When normal citizens are not able to get oxygen, how will these poor people get it?"
Voice Of Slum aims to continue serving the slum community during the pandemic to make sure that every single person’s immediate needs are met. But they are running out of resources to keep their operations running, and are appealing to you for help.
Dev and Chandni were once slum dwellers themselves, who strived and worked hard to escape the difficult lives they had been leading. When they realised that the community needed them, they established Voice Of Slum and started working towards empowering kids from slums with education and training so that they can ease into mainstream life.