Coronavirus: an outbreak and a breakthrough.
The disrupted state of the poor people is now not a secret, it’s a harrowing story about the wayward conditions of the underprivileged and destitute in India in the midst of the latest coronavirus pandemic, from individuals starving to migrant employees moving across the state to get to their homes. In short, it is a bleak sight as the national shutdown has come at a heavy charge, levied to prevent the spread of the emerging virus.
There is no escaping that the troubling nature of the country’s present situation is disturbing. Still, in the midst of such a tragedy, Chennai was fortunate enough to have a supportive community of young volunteers from the Indian Social Activist Council (ISAC) who go clockwise to make sure the poor are catered for.
Adv. Sheeba, president and founder of ISAC NGO, outlined the influence of Coronavirus on the outer environment and the participating community in a conversation with us.
did the government want you to help in the coronavirus fight?
“We were able to deliver essential items, soaps, clothing, and food throughout the city and in rural areas during the initial lockdown phase which is in March and April. As we were unable to provide them with sanitizers recently, we supplied soap to the people.However, there was a government directive in the first week of June that whenever the Group wishes to support citizens they have to connect with the municipality or with corporations to use them as a conduit for delivering important items.”
is your team overcoming the challenges of supporting the community?
“My team and I decided to go the legal way, so we recently began a helpline portal. As we have a lot of lawyers in the organization, we release videos and posters of legal awareness to inform people about their fundamental human rights.We are also working closely with the team of doctors at the Multispecialty Hospital, so if people need any medical help we direct them to the doctors for treatment.
Chennai cases are on a hike to keep you updated and people’s suffering is increasing because of the lockdown. People on the street, disadvantaged students, government universities, and in particular orphanages are left out with little to no food.So our team decided to start a group chain. Where each person is required to pay one rupee and then the entire sum is given to the orphanages for the necessities and the ration.Initiatives are also being taken by political parties and ration shops to distribute food and essentials which is truly supportive.
We are playing a role of a bridge between MLA or municipal corporations and orphanages. We are currently distributing in Chennai, Kanchipuram, and Thiruvallur and around.”
Can you tell us more about the volunteer groups?
“It was challenging to persuade volunteers to come for NGO activities until the pandemic, yet after the lockout, we have a ton of committed volunteers, not just that we also have fresh volunteers who weren’t part of our NGO and whom we’re delighted of. It is wonderful to see the community’s mutual willingness to provide support, maybe because they have the time to help what is no less valuable for the needy people.”
The group of young volunteers initiated to serve food to the poor and needy amid the nationwide lockdown. Throughout the entire lockdown duration, the team has delivered ample food and supplies to people around Chennai and across the state and will continue to do so until India’s lockdown ends, regardless of the constant extensions.
great support is forthcoming from people who want to help.
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