It was the 29th of March, 2020, when FXB India Suraksha launched a drive to reach the migrant construction workers, rickshaw pullers and daily wage laborers with emergency kits.
The reason – The Union Government of India had declared a total lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly COVID 19. Amidst the pandemic and lockdown situation, the migrant workers were stranded at their place of work (largely the metros), unable to return home and uncertain of how they would feed their families.
FXBIS teams in Jaipur (capital of Rajasthan, the largest state in India) and Gautam Budh Nagar (a district possibly worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the state of Uttar Pradesh) formed teams –
(a) To identify the genuinely needy families
(b) To ensure that no duplication of distribution happened at the site. The aim was to reach out to at least 1500 extremely helpless families
FXBIS relief work
In Jaipur,within 24 hours of the appeal put out on FXBIS social media platforms – the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, resources got mobilized to distribute emergency kits to 30 most needy families in Hasanpura slums, which housed several migrant workers temporarily, due to its proximity to the railway station.
The ‘kit’ consisted of sanitary necessities and dry ration for an average family size of 6. So far, two more rounds of distribution have taken place. The second round also got repeated in Hasanpura slums.
It catered to 65 families this time. The third round of distribution was made in Kachchi basti and Phoos Ka Bangla slum area. FXBIS Jaipur team had been receiving frantic distress calls for help from both areas.
The team mobilized resources SOS and distributed the emergency relief kit to around 80 families.
Gautam Budh Nagar
Gautam Budh Nagar has witnessed a remarkable feat in terms of numbers reached. Over 1000 families identified and given dry ration and sanitary supplies within a week of the drive’s initiation. The district comprising Noida, Greater Noida, and Dankaur, has a humungous migrant population, who float in as daily wage laborers working at construction sites, as rickshaw pullers and such.
They have no residential proof of identity with which to avail the purchase of ration at nominal price through the ‘public distribution system’ institutionalized by the government for below poverty line families. FXBIS followed a three-pronged strategy to reach the genuinely needy families –
- One, explore within the existing intervention sites, namely Noida sector 16 slums where FXBIS has been working for 9 years.
- Second, responding to distress calls made on helpline no.1098 (FXBIS is implementing organization for the district to run Childline 1098 – the nation-wide child helpline no.) The service is open 24*7, seven days a week, and COVID 19 days were no exception.
- And finally, reaching out to community leaders of urban slums and villages to learn of highly vulnerable families.
FXBIS witnessed support from a very wide base and in appreciable numbers. Besides the good Samaritans, local NGOs also collaborated with us and mobilized resources through their support base for distribution through our teams. It was a heartening case of uniting without care for accolades or credit. The team also sought successful collaboration with district administration for distribution of not only dry ration but also cooked food from the government-run community kitchens, whenever the ration supplies felt low.
In the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, one of its metro cities called Visakhapatnamis FXBIS’ intervention site for the ‘Care and Support Programme for HIV/AIDS Families’. It was reported that these families are finding near impossible to access food and medical supplies from their local areas due to the still misplaced yet prevalent misconception about AIDS.
The state team drew up a list and within 5 days organized funds to distribute the basic necessities to 50 AIDS-infected families. The supplies were handed over to the women of each family.
Continuing the effort
FXBIS is continuing to raise support for susceptible families. We have reached a milestone of supporting 2000 families. Along with the ecstasy of successfully reaching out to the said numbers, the encouraging support from individuals and NGOs, has come a stark realization that we cannot take a respite.
The need to expand our distribution circles is impending due to the sheer numbers approaching us for help. Since the lockdown is expected to increase further for 2 weeks and beyond (depending on Govt. of India Advisory), the demand will increase manyfold.
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Note – FXBIS teams are distributing an emergency kit comprising sanitation necessities and dry ration for 10 days (the per family per kit cost is rounding off to Rs.1750, for an average family size of 6).
Bank - Kotak Mahindra Bank Account Name - FXB INDIA SURAKSHA Account no - 9611635526 Account Type - Savings IFSC - KKBK0000192 (Kindly send us a snapshot via whatsapp at no. +91-9811823193 for acknowledging your support.)
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Note – FXBIS teams are distributing an emergency kit comprising sanitation necessities and dry ration for 10 days (the per family per kit cost is rounding off to USD 24, for an average family size of 6).
Name of Account - FXB INDIA SURAKSHA - FCRA Account no - 9611635533 Name of Bank - Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited Account Type - Savings IFSC - KKBK0000192 SWIFT Code - KKBKINBB (Kindly send us a snapshot via whatsapp at no. +91-9811823193 for acknowledging your support.)
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