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The 21-day lockdown announcement in the wake of COVID-19 crises puts a halt to many of our day-to-day activities. People who take the hardest hit are the daily wagers as they earn on a day-to-day basis. There are many organisations working towards ensuring that they thrive in these testing times. Find out how you can donate to make a difference.  

Zomato’s Feeding India

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Feeding India is an extension of Zomato that works towards feeding programmes and relief programmes towards the less fortunate of our country. In light of national lockdown, Feeding India has come up with ‘Feed the daily wager’ campaign to help ensure the daily wagers get the assistance they need and don’t sleep hungry during this period. 

SAFA

An NGO striving towards socio-economic empowerment of women and education of girl child, SAFA strives to retain the cultural ethos of our community. It is now working with a group of socially conscious people to donate money and food to daily wagers who will get drastically affected by the lockdowns. They aim to distribute food and basic necessities to cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai.

Goonj

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Goonj is a non-profit organisation that uses urban surplus materials as a tool for overall rural development. They acknowledge the needs of daily wagers that are in their remote villages during the COVID-19 pandemic and are helping them by accepting donations and conducting feeding campaigns in rural India.

GiveIndia

To help the affected overcome the COVID-19 crisis, GiveIndia has launched Mission Support COVID Hit Families to give cash in hand to daily wage earners who have lost their jobs and means of survival. Along with GiveIndia, even Fankind has created a fundraiser to help provide cash in hand to daily wage & migrant workers.
They guarantee 100 percent of the donations to be put into relief operations. 

Milaap

The organisation is doing their bit during this pandemic in more than one way. Apart from helping donate food and medical aid to daily wagers, they are also helping doctors set up an emergency quarantine hospital. This has invited contributions from Tata Sons of Rs. 1500 crores, from Akshay Kumar for Rs. 25 crores and many other large and well known corporates and individuals have announced large donations for.

Khushiyaan Foundation

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With the support of Priyanka Chaturvedi Ji, MP (Rajya Sabha), Roti Ghar Kitchen opens the door for daily wages labourers who are at home due to curfew in Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai. The foundation would be distributing food packets to as many people as they can according to the contributions by the public. The food will be sanitised and distributed one-on-one without any mass gathering.

Hasiru Dala

A social impact organisation that focuses on justice for waste-pickers, Hasiru Dala talks about inspiring true stories and how to enable and empower the waste-pickers. Hasiru Dala has identified more than 1000 vulnerable waste-pickers’’ families who need immediate support in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown. They’re calling out for donations to provide care kits consisting of 5 kg of rice/wheat, 2 kg lentils, and 2 bars of soap. 

Akshar Pathak

At the great hour of need, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, in close coordination with State and District Administration, has stepped in to provide relief by providing food to thousands of people across the country. By adhering to all safety and hygiene measures, Akshaya Patra has begun its relief service by providing meal or dry ration support to people in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Haryana, Daman & Diu, and Maharashtra.

Uday Foundation

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Uday Foundation is a grassroots NGO working on health, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief. Post the 21-day lockdown announcement, the foundation has immediately started working towards providing daily wagers with care kits including essential commodities to help them get through this lockdown period.

Pure Earth

Pure Purpose Foundation (PPF), a Purearth sister organisation and tax exempt charity based in Pune is distributing ration – rice, dal, atta, oil, soap and essential necessities to bastis, rozgaars and labourers families around Pune.

 

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Fiona Thomas

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