CJP against Hunger: Our relief efforts during the Covid-19 lockdown A Photo Feature showing how CJP and Prayas are providing rations and essentials to the needy

31, Mar 2020 | CJP Team

Ever since the nationwide lockdown was announced to curb the spread of Covid-19, CJP and our partner organisations have been hard at work procuring foodgrains, vegetables, and other essentials to deliver to low-income families of daily wage workers whose income sources have dried up. Here’s a look at some of our on-ground efforts with our partners Prayas, Ek Koshish.

We partnered with Prayas because it serves some of the most marginalized individuals and families in our society. These are often daily-wage earners who live in low-income neighbourhoods. Prayas is dedicated to creating a support system for the underprivileged especially in times of disasters and emergencies. Additionally, Prayas works to provide healthcare and education opportunities for members of impoverished families. The NGO also works in the field of disability rights by helping create a support system for disabled people. It also supports senior citizens in terms of nursing, caring and health related issues. Therefore, we joined hands with Prayas in our efforts to ensure nobody goes to bed hungry.

The nationwide lockdown has adversely impacted the livelihood of daily-wage earners and people in low-income jobs. Families of thela wallas, taxi and auto rickshaw drivers, vegetable vendors, carpenters, scrap purchasers, delivery boys, waiters, domestic helps, people with HIV/AIDS, transgender persons, sex workers, orphans and destitute people need our urgent help to tide over the COVID crisis. CJP has partnered with several like-minded organsations to provide ration and essential supplies to over 5,000 such families across the Mumbai Metropolitan region. We urge you to donate generously so that nobody goes to bed hungry.

In the following pictures you can see how the team first collected the produce, made packages for each family and then delivered it to a representative of the transgender community who in turn distributed it to members of the community. Transgenders have been hugely impacted by the lockdown as their means of sustenance and sources of income have dried up. We are continuing our partnership with Prayas and hope to help at least 1,500 needy families from different backgrounds.

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