Like many other countries, India is facing an unprecedented crisis due to the Coronavirus outbreak. As India moves towards a complete lockdown for at least 21 days to fight the pandemic, unorganised working sector living on daily wages would encounter an adverse financial impact. At least 225 million daily wage workers hardly earn US$ 3 per day and have no access to social security. It is going to be devastating and inconceivable for them as the lockdown pushes their only means of subsistence into darkness.
It is thus the time for us to go beyond politics, borders, differences and unite together to support these daily wage workers. We, Indian students from Imperial College London and and IIT/ NIT alumni, would like to raise a courteous call to everyone in the global community to come front and join hands together in financially supporting this vulnerable workforce amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Your spare cash will go a long way in helping the needy!
We are collaborating with four Non-Governmental Organisations across India to support their massive COVID-19 campaigns on helping daily wage earners and elderly in various rural and urban areas of India. Their names and states of operations are provided below:
Society for Poor People Development (SPPD): Tamil Nadu (since 1995)
Rapid Response (partnering with Sawed Trust): Maharashtra & Kerala (since 2013)
Helpage India: All states across India (since 1978)
Elderly Care Trust: Gujarat (since 2014)
These organisations are providing daily wage earners with relief packages that include their basic and essential needs, like food and sanitization kits. While these organisations are drawing all possible support from the local Indian community, we are helping them in reaching out to the people in the wider Indian and International community to support their COVID-19 campaign.
All our partner NGOs have a common objective to support COVID-impacted daily wage earners and elders, but they have different operational capacity and different relief kits. We provide details of each campaign below:
1) Society for Poor People Development (SPPD)
Target: 300 families => 2625*300 ~ Rs. 800,000 (~ US$ 10500)
Details: SPPD has made standardised monthly food and sanitization package for a family, costing Rs. 2625 (US$ 34.5). Each kit contains 25 kg Rice (Rs. 35 per kg), 3 kg Dall (Rs. 110 per kg), vegetables (Rs.250 X 4 weeks = Rs.1000), milk (Rs.300), and sanitising kit comprising sanitizer and anti-bacterial soaps and masks (Rs. 120).
2) Rapid Response (partnering with Sawed Trust)
Target: 300 families for two weeks => 1600*300 = Rs.4,80,000 (~US$ 6300)
Details: Rapid response (in collaboration with Sawed Trust) will distribute a family relief kit which contains dry ration & hygiene, costing Rs 1600 (~US$ 21) for two weeks. A Safety & Hygiene Kit costs Rs 600 which includes Handwash Liquid, Soap, Dettol, Phenol, Bleaching Powder, and Masks. A Dry Ration Relief Kit costs Rs 1000 which includes Rice, Wheat, Dal, Cooking Oil, Sugar, Salt & Biscuit Packets.
3) Helpage India
Target: 400 families for two weeks => 1500*400 = Rs.6,00,000 (~US$ 8000)
Details: The cost of HelpAge India relief kit is Rs. 1500 (~US$ 20) per family for two weeks. It includes 10 kg Rice (Rs. 600), 3 kg Dal (Rs. 375), Salt-Sugar-Oil (Rs. 165), Kitchen Masala (Rs. 150), Sanitizing Kit (Rs. 210).
4) Elderly Care Trust
Target: Wage for 50 families & 100 sanitising kit = Rs. 3,00,000 (~US$ 3900)
Details: Fifty caregivers would not be able to go to work during this three-week lockdown. Elderly Care Trust wants to provide monetary support of Rs. 5000 to each caregiver’s family. Also, they will distribute sanitising kits, costing Rs. 500 per family.
These are our financial targets but many of these NGOs require around 8-10 times financial support of what we mentioned above. If raised funds exceed our target, we will proportionately distribute them among these NGOs. These NGOs will also create social awareness about COVID-19 and will ensure social distancing measures during distribution.
Thank you for your support!
Dr Prateek Bansal, Postdoctoral researcher
Mr Sree Harsha Bandaru, Postgraduate researcher
Miss Anupriya, Postgraduate researcher
Mr Harshit Agrawal, Postgraduate researcher
Mr Anup Mishra, Postgraduate researcher