Chudar COVID-19 Relief Update #3
We thank you for contributing towards Chudar’s COVID -19 relief work
As the lock-down period has been extended further, across India, until May 3rd, Chudar and its local volunteers continue to reach out to the most deserving and needy families across 10 different slum areas in Chennai with grocery and sanitary kits as well as reusable masks, through a decentralized model of distribution adhering to the Government norms
150 families in Guindy, Godhamedu, ICF, Kotturpuram, Mylapore, Mandaveli, Teynampet, Saidapet, Triplicane, Adambakkam, NGO colony, Nagamalai village Chengalpet.
1500 masks made and 1000 of these have been distributed along with the relief kits to families in the above-mentioned locations.
Chudar’s local volunteers had identified some of the members in the above-mentioned locations, who had tailoring skills and approached them with making masks, to provide them with a means of livelihood as well as help the members in their own community.
We bring you the details of some of the families Chudar identified through its local volunteers and distributed these kits.
Ashwini, a 9-year-old girl, lives with her grandparents in a slum area in Teynampet. Her mother passed away a couple of years ago and soon after, her father abandoned her. Her aged grandmother is the sole breadwinner of the family. She works as a house-help and takes care of Ashwini and her grandfather who is suffering from tuberculosis and is undergoing treatment. Since the lock-down, Ashwini’s grandmother is unable to work and also finds it difficult to procure rations, given her family circumstances. When one of Chudar’s local volunteers came to know of their situation, they immediately arranged for the essential supplies. Ashwini and her family expressed their gratitude to Chudar and its donors for the timely help.
Marigan is an old man living with his wife in Nagamalai, a small village in the outskirts of Chennai. Marigan and his wife were employed as a daily wage labourer in agricultural fields and also in cleaning lakes till last month. But due to the COVID -19 lock-down, they are unable to find work in their village. Marigan’s sons live in Chennai and cannot offer support to their parents due to travel restrictions in this present situation. Faced with dire poverty and lack of supplies, Marigan and his wife are barely able to manage 1 meal a day. Hema, the local volunteer from Chudar arranged for the grocery kit to be supplied to this old couple that comprised of rice, pulses, oil and vegetables. Marigan hopes that this situation will end and soon, he will be able to go back to work.