Relief efforts in Mumbai

Through the Bombay Sarvodaya Friendship Center, AID is actively helping with COVID-19 relief efforts to migrant and underprivileged communities in the slums of Mumbai.  AID’s efforts supplement local support and reach thousands of families facing COVID-19 and the lockdown with very limited resources and loss of daily wages.

2nd April:  Update from Bilal

On the 7th day of relief, we provided supplies to the following people.

1. Food ration to 19 migrant workers stuck in Kherwadi.

2. Food ration to 79 migrant workers from Bihar stuck in Kalwa

3. Food ration to 47 members of the transgender community in Thane.

4. 130 packs sanitary napkins to women in Sathenagar

5. 132 packs of sanitary napkins to women in Shivaji nagar

6. 2000 masks to local councilor of Govandi

7. Provision to a community kitchen feeding 3000 people a day at 12th road Shivajinagar

8. Provided milk powder to an infant on an SOS.

Since the beginning, we have put several filters so that the help reaches to the most vulnerable group.  We are trying to reach out to communities which are in the interiors. For example, today upon receiving a video message from migrant laborers who were stuck in Kalwa, Anil bhai promptly reached out to them and supplied them with enough ration.

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1st April  Update from Bilal –

Today’s update on supplies:

1. We provided to 18 families of boot polish workers who work at the local railway station of Mumbai.

2. 6 families of auto-rickshaw drivers.

3. 300 families of daily wagers in Kurla through a local organisation ‘Adarsh Foundation’.

4. We also procured 1000 sanitary napkin for distribution in future

5. Complained to muncipal corporation after receiving SOS from a slum which has stopped getting water after the lockdown. Hope it will attend to the complaint as swiftly as it responded. We will be following this up tomorrow.

At the places we inquired in bastis we work in, free ration has still not been distributed. In some places, ration shops distributed limited ration to ration card holders at the prevailing rates. The govt needs to urgently implement the schemes and fill the gaps to satisfy the immediate food requirements of the communities who are understandably growing restless which each passing day of insecurity.

Today 20 girls and 77 families of daily wagers were provided with food ration. Details below:
1. Food ration for 20 girls living in home run by Kshamta
2. Food ration to 4 poor families who have given shelter to three young girls and two young boys who got stranded in Diva due to lockdown while on their way back to Mumbai from Kerala.
3. Food ration to 14 families of migrant workers in Panvel
4. Food ration to 21 families of migrant workers in Majiwada, Thane
5. Food ration to 32 families of non-ration card holder in Sathenagar in Govandi
6. Food ration to 2 daily wage earners from Govandi
7. Food ration to 2 families of daily wagers from Shivaji Nagar
8. Food ration to 2 domestic helps in Mahim one of whom has a family member undergoing chemotherapy. Provisions provided and delivered by friends Sneha and Sudeep who proactively offered when we had difficulty in reaching packages to Mahim.

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3/31  Update from Bilal –

Today we supplied in the following areas with the following items:
1. Food ration for 200 families in Kurla
2. Food ration 20 families of Matahdi workers in Chembur
3. Food ration for 19 families of migrant workers from Ahmednagar who are stranded in Turbhe, Navi Mumbai
4. Family of a widowed woman in Kurla was supplied with food ration
5. After this was brought to our notice by our community worker, Sanitary napkin packets were provided for 100 women.

(Please scroll down to see what is being supplied).

As our scope of relief is expanding daily, it is imperative that the state steps in to satisfy all basic needs of the people as the relief package announced by the government lacks a lot of essential items and is yet to reach the people.


3/30  Update from Bilal –

Today we provided supplies to 223 needy persons/families:

1. 96 migrant workers from West Bengal on SOS from Mahua Mpitra, MP from West Bengal and Priyanka Chaturvedi, Rajya Sabha Member. They were stuck in Mankhurd without food supplies.

2. 45 migrant workers from Orissa who were stuck in Rabale, Navi Mumbai. Food was sourced from another voluntary organisation after we exhausted our supplies.

3. 5 families in Mankhurd

4. 3 families in Kanjurmarg

5. 9 families in Vidya Vihar

6. 40 families in Kandivali

7. 25 families in four bungalows in Andheri



—  Supplying Rs 1000 /family worth of following groceries and soap — 5 Kg Rice, 5 Kg aatta, 1 kg toor dal, 250 gms tea, 1 kg poha, 1 kg ravva, 1 litre oil, 500 gms salt, 500 gms sugar, 250 gms masala, washing soap, bathing soap  (this is for 1 week supply — or maybe he said 10 days)

— Supplied to over 200 families in last 2 days.  Decided to supply only in small quantities like above per family so there is no hoarding. Initially thought of supplying 1 month quantities.
— WB govt requestes civil society groups in Mumbai to take care of 96 migrant families from WB stuck in Mumbai. Planning  supply to supply these tomorrow.  WB govt wont be paying
— Request from Mumbai governance to help migrants who started walking to go home but are stuck in different parts — and will be put in open sheters. These also they wlll start doing.
— Volunteers are wear face masks and where available have gloves while they supply.   They have a 100 of these sets. The need more to protect themselves.


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