The entire country is reeling under the COVID-19 Pandemic & the subsequent lockdown, which has impacted the lives of millions across India. The society has been impacted not just from the Health & Economic perspective, but we are staring down a larger social crisis due to the pandemic & its lockdown. This lockdown has resulted in the loss of livelihood for millions of migrant labour, daily wage labour, construction workers, contract labour, street vendors & rickshaw pullers. These vulnerable groups are the worst hit due to the lack of an income source and are on the verge of dying due to Hunger.
Taking cognizance of this, and as part of its mission to provide food aid to people living in a crisis situation, Rise Against Hunger India (RAHI), a renowned NGO based out of Bengaluru has reached out to these vulnerable worst-hit group in these difficult times.
Rise Against Hunger India (RAHI) over the last six weeks has distributed over 1 million meals (cooked food as well as dry ration supplies) to the vulnerable groups across the country.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the lower economic strata of our society rendering them jobless with limited access to food and shelter. Through our network across India, we have reached out to these vulnerable groups of people and providing them packaged meals & dry ration. Till date, we have supplied over 1 million meals to these people who have been hit the hardest due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are continuing with our efforts and aim to reach more people across more cities pan India.” said Mr Dola Mohapatra, Executive Director, Rise Against Hunger India.
“Our on-ground workforce has been the pillar of strength due to which we have been able to achieve this milestone and reach out to these people who need our help the most at this time. We would like to thank all these committed frontline volunteers, partners and all the donors, supporters for their invaluable support for us to reach the most vulnerable.” Mr Mohapatra added.
Despite the staggering lifting of the lockdown across some parts of the country, the economic revival will take time. During this time, with workforce stabilization & livelihood regeneration becoming major challenges, there will still be a sizeable chunk of these vulnerable groups, who will need extended support. Keeping this in mind, RAHI plans to continue its efforts with a target of providing to 1.5 million additional meals to these vulnerable groups over the next 6-8 weeks.
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