Akshar Foundation has been providing food packages to families in Guwahati amid the coronavirus crisis Credit: Akshar Foundation

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.”

A student of Akshar Forum gathering the supplies 
Goods being delivered at the doorstep 
Mohit Singla, a teacher of Akshar Forum, feeding street dogs 

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.

An act of love that transcends species. A teacher of Akshar Forum ensuring that no one goes hungry
Akansha Duarah, a senior fellow of Akshar School reform fellowship, extending a helping hand

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.

Akansha Duarah, a senior fellow in Delhi School of Economics, handing out food packets to needy people

Team EastMojo salutes these acts of benevolence and compassion during days of distress, truly embodying the spirit of #OurCoronaFighters.

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