Yes, we all know that change is the only thing which is constant but, still, we try to live our lives in a normal manner. That’s how we have been living till the last week of March 2020 when everyone got locked down due to Covid-19.
The epidemic brought the Fastrack living to a standstill throughout the world, where everyone struggled to understand what is the new normal and how to adapt to this lockdown situation. There were few who extended their helping hands for all those who did not have a basic three-course meal to eat.
In the last couple of months, the world especially our country has seen many brave men and women as corona warriors who have stepped into the battlefield, and in a truly selfless way have helped humanity (especially those who are hungry, struck at unknown places under odd circumstances, and are downtrodden) from the threat of the deadly pandemic. Let’s look at how with the help of common citizens and good samaritans, we have emerged in victory, albeit in these tough times.
We, at storyofsouls.com, would like to takeout some time, to appreciate the efforts of those corona warriors, who served the community and set examples for the world that humanity is still alive, despite all the odds and without thinking about their own health they came forward and have helped.
Anil Kala and his Family
Anil Kala, a tax lawyer by profession, hails from the Kota district in Rajasthan, but his contributions, including in cash and kind to a number of organizations across the length & breadth of the country, has helped to make a moving difference to humanity in the wake of this saddening catastrophe. To mention the names of these NGOs & charitable organizations such as the Rotary International Club, Kota; Abundant Life Assemblies, Mumbai; Iktaara Foundation; Innovative Artist Welfare Association (AIWA); Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association; Ashish Eye Hospital, East Mumbai; Jain Social Group International Federation both in Mumbai and Kota; and last but definitely not the least, PM CARES FUND, where Anil Kala and his family have contributed in a truly magnanimous way.
During the Covid-19, They served several needy families in Indian cities such as: Mumbai, Delhi, Kota, and Jaipur donated generously by Anil and his family. Hats off to him!
This has been the nature of Mr Anil that he has been a generous and helpful man for the needy and served population. He chooses to help in kind rather than giving money to those who are seeking help.
Saluting Rahul and his team of The Uncivilized Indians:
“As a part of the Swatch Aahar campaign, the UCI foundation from Ranchi and Tezpur provided relief in these areas, shared cooked meal packets to over 200 hungry people on a daily basis. Separately, relief kits in the form of essential commodities were distributed to each and every family, covering 3,000 houses in the entire locality.”
Apart from this, The UCI team dispensed tons of good quality hand-sanitizing liquid to 500 affected people, as well as distributed in-house tailored face masks to 1500 persons – those including doctors, health specialists, sanitary workers, policemen & women, amongst many others.
In another instance, in the tourist locality of Tezpur, The Uncivilized Indians delegated the operational workers who were armed with necessary supplies to reach out to the surrounding villages’ elderly people, differently-abled, and ailing people, thus ensuring door-delivery of food items to each and every house in the locality.
Not far away, in the beautiful and busy tea gardens of Sonitpur, in spite of the many health hazards due to the virus exposure, the garden workers could continue to pluck tea leaves for the season with minimal risk exposure, thanks to the efforts of our team for the safety kits delivered in time.
The blessings came to the team UCI they were touched to receive a note from a pregnant lady who was deeply thankful because they were instrumental in helping her to unite with her mother just before her child’s delivery.
Due to the unexpected lockdown due to COVID-19 and sudden closure of transport facilities, a lot of people were stranded in unknown lands, away from their homes. A group of seven people who were stranded in the village of Balipara in Assam were rescued by our vigilant volunteers, who along with the help of local police took care of their food and essentials till they reached their respective destinations safely.
Holding service to mankind over anything, the members of Team UCI donated blood in the hospitals and blood banks, wherever required. To ensure a high level of hygiene for the women working in the tea gardens, our team collaborated with Paint in Red, a local organization to help them distribute 380 sanitary napkin pads amongst the ladies.
Other collaborations with organizations like Love and Acceptance, Tezpur Foodie, and the Green Hub, helped us to cover greater geographical areas to reach out to the needy people.
Ashish and his Duayen foundation
Kept humanity alive while working out the unique system of food distribution during the Corona times, especially in the lockdown period.
Ashish Sharma, founder of the Duayen NGO, and his entire team believes in protecting the lives of the frontline social workers during COVID-19. In their efforts to reach out to these Corona warriors, his team distributed hygiene and safety kits to 500 individuals and organizations. Apart from this, during the period of the 49-day lockdown, his team involved themselves in serving food to 400 people twice daily. Separately ration kits were also distributed to 350 deserving families and individuals.
Duayen Foundation takes pride in sharing their active involvement in the dissemination of public announcements and updates in view of lockdown carried out in different parts of the metropolitan city.
In their quest to reach out to those stranded in places away from their homes, the Govt. launched special Shramik trains. Once again, Duayen Foundation came forward as corona warriors rose to the occasion by sharing and distributing free food to more than 2000 Shramik passengers on the way to their home. Food donation organized by Duayen was also a grand success, with 35 donation boxes laid out in different areas of the city. People generously donated Ready-to-eat food and other consumable items for those who were truly needy. In these tough times, mental toughness can sometimes take a toll.
Duayen foundation alone handled 80 depression cases during this phase, providing tele-counselling services to individuals calling them from around the region.
Self-Reliant India providing online education during the lockdown in Rural India
Over the span of these months, the team at Self Reliant India, an NGO based in Haryana, has been working dedicatedly to make the dream of education for all – an emerging reality.
Through their efforts in enabling technology-enhanced learning, especially during the COVID times, the volunteers and team members at SRI, have worked relentlessly to make this happen soon.
The SRI team whole-heartedly supports the ‘Ghar Se Padho Abhiyan‘ movement started by the Government which is truly gaining momentum. These times when social distancing is being observed, it is surely the way to go forward – shares a senior member from SRI.
We received good news from this team during lockdown that their 35 students selected in the first list of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, in Rewari, Nuh and Jhajjar cities of Government Schools in Haryana!
At SRI, education has been at the forefront of their activities. But it is in these COVID times, the NGO delivered ration kits to the families under their systematic approach of distribution of food, material and necessary provisions.
While some organizations and group volunteers act as corona warriors and collectively stood up to battle it out against the Corona threat, it is the humane individuals behind this who have made a difference to mankind in their own, profound and heartening ways.
Great work being done by Lakshya Jeevan Jagriti NGO
The unexpected pandemic was definitely a witness to the extraordinary journey of 5 corona warriors who embraced this emergency situation and rose up to the occasion by channelling their energy and resources to extend a helping hand to everyone in need.
During the lockdown, 5-member team belonging to the Lakshya Jeevan Jagriti distributed 3000 food packets to 300 families near the railway track in the Daya Basti of Central Delhi, non-stop and on a daily basis.
Indeed, the volunteers of the NGO had felt moved to help those suffering during the lockdown and utilised all their resources as well as their time to reach out to those in need. To make this happen, they worked round-the-clock to supply with necessities such as Cooked meals for families, dry grocery kits, sanitary pads, facemasks, hand sanitizers, and ready-to-eat food packets, etc..all of these that were loaded and distributed to the needy people in Daya Basti slum, Nehru Nagar, Zakhira, Tank Road, 100 quarters and Shadipur village and numerous of other slum localities of Delhi. In order to bridge the gap of funding, the team at NGO decided to take help from 12 housewives from the Karol Bagh area to arrange cooked meals for them.
Since 2009, corona warriors like Rahul Goswami, Summaiya Afreen, Minakshi Thakur, Preeti Mittal, and Rinju Sah at the Lakshya Jeevan Jagriti decided to work towards Education and Skill Development of the youth and the underprivileged children of the area. Their parents are daily wage earners who cannot dream of a normal life for their children. This organization is supporting them to achieve their dreams by providing them with various opportunities to step up in the ladder of life – says Summaiya Afreen (one of the core founding members). Eklavya is an after-school support program that reaches out with their digital literacy campaign, whereas ‘Aao Sath Maa’ is a financial literacy program aimed at the women and mothers of these children whom they work with.
Apart from this, they have an Employment training program for the youth as well as a Team training program in the Corporate companies and other organizations running under the name of Personal Mastery program, which they conduct on a large scale basis across the city- says – Minakshi Thakur.
During the pandemic, the Lakshya Jeevan Jagriti has been doing an enormous amount of good work, in order to support them you can make your contribution at Milaap Fundraisers Support
At the Story of Souls, we wish to acknowledge and adulate the above real-life heroes who are the actual change-makers of our society, who along with many others have touched many hearts. Yes, they are the true Corona warriors of our times, protecting us and our country through these tough times… Jai Hind!
Our storyteller: Alifia