“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
The pandemic has engulfed the world in its grip like the Spanish Flu of 1918. COVID-19 shows no signs of fast retreat, and therefore FXB India Suraksha felt it imperative to reach out to the “forgotten people” – the migrant workers and daily-wage earners living in urban slums, who had lost their means of livelihood. Survival has become a question for them in the wake of the nation-wide lockdown. It was the 29th of March, 2020, when FXBIS launched a drive to reach the migrant construction workers, rickshaw pullers and daily wage labourers with emergency kits. The aim initially was to reach out to at least 1500 extremely helpless families in urban slums of North India.
The relief drive, which began with a modest number for outreach, grew into an enormous one with good Samaritans, NGOs, CBOs, the police and district administration joining hands. FXBIS has also begun relief work down south in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam and rural Puducherry. So far, over 8000 distressed families have been supported with dry ration, sanitation supplies and medicines. The teams have also factored in reaching out to the disabled, the HIV/AIDS infected persons.
Since latter half of April ’20, along with the relief work, FXBIS has commenced the its awareness programme of spreading accurate non-misleading information on COVID19 in “forgotten places” – the rural areas commonly deprived of digital or electronic media. Districts of rural Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are the focal points. Above 3400 families have been reached through house visits in rural areas, and another 1300 in urban slums alongside the distribution.
For those interested, the links below are a detailed description of FXBIS initiatives in the relief work, the awareness building strategies, the collaborations and the convergences of the organization in its month-long journey of fighting the pandemic. Justly, “Alone we can do so little but together we can do so much”.
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