Monisha Barman, Darshana Borah and Dimpu Gogoi start their day by preparing meals for about 25-30 people. The team has set a target of cooking lunch for COVID-19 patients in home isolation by 10 am. With the number of patients in home isolation rapidly increasing in Guwahati, these Hahaijyo volunteers are selflessly helping those in despair.
Hahaijyo, meaning aid, is an effort by this group to help those who are still fighting the battle against COVID-19.
The three — Dimpu, an online tutor, Darshana, an environment field officer at Power Corporation of India and Monisha, a content writer — are working in collaboration with Assam-based NGO Amri Helping Hands Society and food delivery service Fatafat to dispatch nutritious home-cooked meals within a wide radius in Guwahati.
While the NGO helps with the fundraising and in obtaining essential permissions to operate during curfew hours, Fatafat rides across the city, as far as 15 km.
“Our NGO is helping Hahaijyo with the legal operations like procuring the requisite permissions and vehicle passes. Amri Helping Hands Society is also helping with the delivery and fundraising part of the entire campaign. We have a large database of volunteer workers and activists. We are sharing the motive of Hahaijyo with as many volunteers as possible and people are helping us in cash and kind,” said Deepjyoti Kunwor, the CEO of Amri Helping Society.
Speaking to EastMojo about what motivated the members to do this, Monisha Barman, said, “We started this initiative on May 7 to provide home-cooked free meals to COVID-19 infected families dealing with the apathy of the virus. We wanted to help them as much as possible. Two of our team members are COVID survivors and they know the helplessness, the pain and the suffering once you are in home isolation. So that’s how Hahaiyo started.”
Hahaijyo has already delivered over 300 meals with help from friends and family members.
The home-cooked meals include rice, dal, vegetables and chicken (occasionally) packed in containers. The team follows COVID-19 protocols while preparing and delivering the meals. They receive calls for help via the numbers provided on their social media platform.
Impressed by their humanitarian service, many have come forward to donate to their cause of feeding those in home isolation during these trying times.
Hahaijyo has already delivered over 300 meals till date. The team is assisted by their friends and family members. To help the cause of these young volunteers, call or WhatsApp at 8723072216 / 9954217290.