NGO SAPNA Op. COVID 19 Pandemic Lockdown Relief Effort: Support the poor with dry rations for a week in Delhi, Noida & Alwar
By March 11, 2020, when the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic, its impact was being felt across the globe, by the 7.8 billion humans living on the planet. With an overwhelming majority of them in no position to help themselves. India has not evolved to a stage where those ratios—of humanity feeling the pain—can be assuaged by the State in any appreciable manner.
In an evolving crisis, when no one is able to say for sure when it will be contained and what its long-term impact could be, the stress will be placed unequally on the individual and society, and on the government—which takes the responsibility for anticipating risk and putting in the structural buffers. And the structural risk, which affects everyone, is as economic as it is biological.
The economic fallout of this unprecedented lockdown has been dire. Businesses have closed, unemployment has risen and productivity has fallen. India’s growth engine was actually sputtering well before the threat of the pandemic started evolving. The shutting down of the economy has the potential now to push 400 million workers in the informal economy deeper into poverty.
Our primary focus has been on feeding the hungry. We have also started “Operation Sapna COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown Relief Effort” on 26th of March, 2020 with the objective of providing Dry ration kits (Atta- 5 Kg, Rice-03 Kg, Dal- 01 Kg, Mustard Oil – 01 Litre, Sugar 1Kg. Salt- 1 Kg, Masala- 200 gm) to families suffering from acute hunger. The cost of one food kit is INR 500. Till the date, We have supplied these kits to 3800 families in Delhi, Noida, Alwar & in Bihar. We plan to support them till the lockdown crisis lasts and till the time they are able to resume work. We also plan to increase the orbit of our food distribution to include 5000 more families.
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