WILL CORONA KILL FIRST OR HUNGER?

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered on 24th March, a lock-down of India’s 1.3 billion citizens to fight the spread of corona virus, urging people to distance themselves socially and work from home. But social distancing means hunger for many in India, with a work force heavily dependent on manual labor. It would be an unheard-of luxury for the ragpicker or street vendor who lives day to day. About 80 percent of India’s 470 million workers are in the informal sector, lacking contracts and unprotected by labor laws. Many are manual laborers in the fields, factories and streets of India. World’s second most populous country has large numbers of poor living in crowded, unsanitary conditions and a weak public health infrastructure. Modi’s lockdown had social and economic impacts even sharper than lock-downs in richer countries. Millions of Indians who depend on each day’s wages for their daily meal were thrown out of work. Migrant workers packed buses and trains home, potentially taking the virus into rural areas. And as transport options dried up, many families in New Delhi and other major cities simply began to walk to their distant villages, with little access to food. “We risk converting a health crisis into a socioeconomic crisis,” Half of India’s 1.3 billion people are food insecure which means they lack access to sufficient safe and nutritious food. This means that a total lock-down, while it may stop the spread of Corona Virus, is likely to have significant influence on food and nutrition.{As appeared on Network Times 30th March 2020}

For some, CORONA Lock-down in India may be just WORK FROM HOME, but for many it is STARVE AT HOME. CORONA MAY NOT YET HAVE MEDICATION, BUT HUNGER HAS A SOLUTION. Join hands with Hope India Mission and kindly support this cause.

  1. An estimated 17 migrant laborers and their family members, which includes five children, have died while trying to return home after Narendra Modi announced on 21-day lock-down on March 24, with just four hours to come into effect.
  2. Apart from these deaths, and those of two others who were not migrant workers,

an 11-year-old boy also reportedly died of hunger on March 27 in Bhojpur area of Bihar as the family could not arrange for food due to the strict implementation of the lock-down.{As appeared on The Telegraph on 30th March 2020}

HIGHLY AFFECTED PEOPLE – Apart from migrant labors the highly affected community includes rickshaw pullers, auto drivers, farmers, factory workers, homeless etc. 

PROJECT CORONA RELIEF

When victims of poverty, disasters, disease, and famine cry out for help, Hope India Mission is often one of the first to answer in Bihar. We want to comfort the returning migrant workers who are deprived of basic necessities like food & sanitary items and above all show them the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. This will give them some relief and help them to start a new beginning for the days ahead.  

OUR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE TO THE SITUATION:

  1. Members of our disaster response wing has come in to action as they began manufacturing face masks in large scale intended for free distribution among the masses around Patna City.  
  2. The two and half acres of our campus space along with 12789 sq. ft. building in Siwan (Bihar) have been handed over to the Government Authorities for use in corona relief as isolation camp and to provide medical facilities in the neighboring areas.

AND WE WANT TO TAKE THE RESPONSE TO THE NEXT LEVEL:

Assuming that the financial insecurity that the corona outbreak has put on the society will have a long-lasting negative impact, we have divided the project (Project corona relief) in to two phases. First is survival then followed by rehabilitation. 

  1.  SURVIVAL

 A. CORONA SURVIVAL KIT

Hope India Mission proposes to provide survival essentials for 1000 people for a consecutive term of two months. It will cost about $35 per Head. The survival kit has the following necessities.

KIT ITEMSQUANTITY
RICE20 KG
PULSES5KG
SUGAR1KG
OIL1KG
SALT1KG
SATTU/BEATEN RICE2KG
SOAP/HANDWASH2 PACKETS
MASK1 PIECE
HAND SANITIZER2 PIECES

B. COMMUNITY KITCHEN

Some of the returning migrants and estranged people in the towns do not have an immediate setup to cook and eat their food. Rickshaw pullers, stranded drivers and homeless people also fall in this category. Community Kitchens are the best and quickest way to relive their hunger! We will be attempting to serve about 1000 meals a day (250 meals at each locations) through 4 of our proposed community kitchens located at the most needed areas. It will cost about 75 cents per meal. The community kitchens will be operational for a period of 30 days.

C. AMBULANCES – A TREMENDOUS SHORTFALL IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

It is in fact after the countrywide lock-down that we finally realized there is a dire need for a few ambulances for our disaster management team. We noticed that due to lock-down a number of people are left to die at home just because they could not reach the hospital on time. Although it takes time for us to acquire the vehicle, it will help us to cater for the need of many needy people in the days to come. We propose to buy 3 Ambulances. One is meant for the use in one of our mission fields in Ladak. (Neighboring Pakistan & China) It is a militant infested region that has high causality rates. Other two are for use in rural regions of Bihar.  A single ambulance will cost only $ 6250, customized for use in Indian roads.

2. REHABILITATION

A. E – RICKSHAW  

A huge population of Biharis in metro cities are rickshaw pullers who now have returned home. They do not have the skills to perform any other jobs except operating rickshaws. The proposed E Rikshaws are battery operated vehicles that can transport up to 6 people.

B. TELA  

Telas are customized four wheeled street wending movable platforms that delivers necessities from door to doors. Tela vendors are common in North India because they provide sustainable income for a family at a minimal investment.  A Tela setup costs only as low as $300 in Bihar. 

C. SEWING MACHINES

Hope India Mission already have a few sewing training centers intended for ladies, widows and other marginalized people. Our experience from these centers would formulate the necessary requirements for training and rehabilitating those interested in this category. An amount of $ 200 can train and gift a brand-new sewing machine for a migrant worker.

MONITORING & REPORTING

The Project is directly monitored from our administrative office in Patna, Bihar by the project staff in all its phases. Supervision and collection of data would be done by field staff. The Progress reporting will be done in the form of Management Information System (MIS). The completion report is prepared at the end of the Project and send to the Donor agency. We have 110 full-time social workers in North India with hundreds of volunteers to collect data and implement the project activities.

OUR EXPERIENCE

When victims of poverty, disasters, disease, and famine cry out for help, Hope India Mission is often one of the first to answer in Bihar. We have been doing this since our establishment in 1984 by implementing project activities in different parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jhanrkhand, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal. We have effective strategies like survey plan, need assessment plan, evangelism plan and implementation plan with the help of various PRA Tools. So far more than 10000 families have been blessed through our previous efforts directly or indirectly.

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CONCLUSION

We want to comfort the returning migrant workers who are deprived of basic necessities like food & sanitary items and above all show them the love of our Lord Jesus. This will give them relief and help them to start a new beginning. We place this request, with great confidence and have hope for your kind and speedy consideration. The co-operation and unity among the people have given us a hope, confidence and plan of action to change the situation for better.

We once again, humbly beseech your good will and generosity to consider our case sympathetically and sanction the same at your earliest.