In the biting cold each winter, many die on the streets of Delhi. Streets that you and I cross each day. On a regular day, we are clad in sweaters and jackets, well-rested bodies, full with a good meal. However, there are some who struggle to find a footpath/ a bench to sleep on. Some whose wounds bleed as there's no-one to provide aid. Some who cannot feed themselves, leave alone their families. They don't just lack a shelter or a 'home'. They lack your attention, they lack your acknowledgment.With no roof and no-one to care for them, they lack a sense of identity and belonging. After all, does anyone care for that child with minimal clothes, running around the street? Does anyone care for that throat that dried up because of begging for food or money during the day? Does anyone care for that teenage girl, sleeping under the flyover?Who are these people, invisible to all, voiceless in the political dimension of India, and particularly marginalized and exploited by many?
These are the #HomelessInDelhi
Why the Winter Resue Drive:
(According to the data released by the Zonal integrated police network under the union ministry)
- 33,518 homeless people died in Delhi between January 2004 and October 2015
- There are nearly 150,000 homeless people in Delhi, of which only 4,890 get shelter.
- The ones who get access to a shelter are merely 3.2 percent of the homeless population in the capital city.
- Hence, most of the #HomelessInDelhi are left to fend for themselves, squeezed into limited spaces available.
- Most of the #HomelessInDelhi run the risk of contracting diseases.
- They often sleep on the roadside that increases the chances of accidents
- Most homeless die of communicable diseases and malnutrition. Such diseases are caused by a lack of basic amenities and hygiene
Society For Promotion of Youth and Masses is back with its Annual #WinterRescueDrive. The details of the #EmergencyRescueServices are:
Timings: 10 pm- 4 am
Duration: 1st December 2016- 31st March 2017
- West Delhi and South-West Delhi
- South Delhi and South-East Delhi
- Central Delhi
- Distribution of Woolen Clothes
- Provision of first aid facility
- If found needing psychological, physical or other assistance, shifting homeless to (preferably Government) Hospitals, De-Addiction Facilities, Shelter homes, Old age homes (Follow Ups conducted by DUSIB)
- Coordination with CATS Ambulance to meet urgent medical attendance
- Homeless Community Mobilization
Requirements from Crowdfunding Campaign:
- Volunteers: for the drive during the night (#MoreHandsMoreChange)
- Money: Rs. 5, 40, 000 (Please find the budget breakdown attached)
- Information: Requesting people to inform if they see homeless individuals in any of the areas mentioned above
- Organize Collection Drives of Woolen clothes/ Packed food items/ Dental hygiene essentials/ Other basic necessities that could be useful for the drive