Guwahati: Daily-wage labourers and people belonging to the underprivileged and maginalised sections of society have been the worst hit after the 21-day lockdown came into effect from March 25 midnight in India amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, several organisations have now come forward to help these people to cope with the sudden lack of earnings, leading to a food and supply crisis.
Guwahati-based Akshar Foundation is one such example. The foundation’s school, Akshar Forum, located in Pamohi on the outskirts of Guwahati in Assam, has students who belong to the underprivileged and marginalised sections of society. Knowing very well that these families and the children would be worst hit, they moved fast to raise funds and help them with food and other essential commodities.
Speaking with Eastmojo, Parmita Sarma, co-founder of Akshar Foundation, said, “We started fundraising through our website and our social media sites. For just Rs 500, you can feed the family of unemployed daily-wage earners in Guwahati for five days.”
The foundation is not just limiting its activities to feeding the humans. Teachers of the school have also been ensuring that the street dogs too do not go hungry.
Meanwhile, people from across the state have now come forward to help the needy ones in every possible way. Akansha Duarah, a senior fellow in Delhi School of Economics, gave away food packets to at least 25 homeless migrant workers and she plans to continue doing so despite her limited funds.
Team EastMojo salutes these acts of benevolence and compassion during days of distress, truly embodying the spirit of #OurCoronaFighters.