The global community is working together to combat an unprecedented challenge – the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments, NGOs, industries, civil society are all collaborating to support any response to this global outbreak.
The situation is grim in India, with more and more cases being reported by the day. The affluent sections of society have isolated themselves in their apartments, after the government’s lockdown. Still, we have conveniently forgotten the backbone of the nation – the daily wage earners and migrant workers. COVID-19 has hit hard their daily income, and the lockdown has impacted their mobility.
Nearly 80% of India’s workforce is in the unorganized sector. The paradox is that despite the country witnessing economic boom post-liberalization, these workers are not covered by any social security schemes, one of the greatest economic tragedies of our times. Their plight is heartbreaking. The lockdown has crippled the transportation infrastructure across India. Walking long distances from their workplace to their native village is not only a significant impediment but also can breakdown mentally even the strongest minds.
Traditionally, India’s ethos has always been “Atithi Devo Bhava.” Historically, we have welcomed outsiders with an open mind and given them a place in our hearts, supporting them to settle down and prosper. Tragically, today, the sons and daughters of the soil are helpless, defenseless, without access to food and water; they have become refugees in their country. Their condition should melt everyone’s heart; it certainly has moved every volunteer at the Aahwahan Foundation.
At this critical period, civil society must come forward and support the daily wage earners and migrant workers. Your donations to the fund would assist long-term relief for the affected people. Individuals can also make non-monetary contributions – milk, bread, biscuits, rice, wheat, hand sanitizers, masks, etc.