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Every cloud has a silver lining

With a small piece of land that did not produce enough to feed the family of seven, Tapaswini Majhi and her husband, Rohit Manjhi, were forced to work as a daily wage laborers in one of the most socially and economically backward districts of Odisha. For them, life was dependent on the daily wage that they would get to sustain the family. The hardships compelled the c... Read More

Mint oil saved day
COVID - 19 Response

Mint oil saved day

India is one of the countries most affected by COVID -19. In a country of 1.3 billion, where millions are dependent on agriculture and daily wages, the crisis brought about extensive suffering, especially among migrant labourers who were forced to move from the cities they worked in, to their homes in the villages. About 40 km from Lucknow, the capital city of Utta... Read More

A Twist of Fate
COVID - 19 Response

A Twist of Fate

"My wife mixed water with leftover flour and fed my hungry children so that they can sleep. Meanwhile I wept silently ", said 39-year-old Vipin while he was narrating the troubles, he had to face during the COVID - 19 lockdown. A resident of Shamsabad Colony in District Palwal, he lived a happy life with his wife and four daughters and worked in an auto manufacturi... Read More

Weaving ray hope
COVID - 19 Response

Weaving ray hope

Mrs. V. Samrajyam does not have to worry about arranging meals for her family for the next 45 days during these COVID 19 times. Till a few days back, she was in distress and under severe stress. She belongs to the handloom weavers community in Mangalagiri, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh. At age 63, she is a daily wager and earns INR 300 per day for her hard work. ... Read More

Faith humanity restored
COVID - 19 Response

Faith humanity restored

"I can face any difficulty that life throws at me but seeing my family yearning for a grain of food broke me." Wiping his tears, Shri Ram collected the dry ration kit which will help feed his family for 30-40 days. Aged 40, Shri Ram is a resident of Rajendra Park, Gurugram. He has to look after his parents, wife and two children. Prior to the ... Read More

Little help goes long way
COVID - 19 Response

Little help goes long way

At 18, Sarathi is determined to get her sisters' educated. Belonging from a minority group and growing up in the absence of a mother has time and again presented her with various challenges. Sarathi resides in the Purulia district of West Bengal. Her family consists of her father and three sisters. Her mother passed away after giving birth to her fourth child. Her ... Read More

Finding way amidst troubles
COVID - 19 Response

Finding way amidst troubles

Prior to the lockdown due to COVID - 19, 30-year-old Kiran was barely able to manage her life. With woeful eyes, she said, "My husband was a mason, two years ago our life took a flip when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. To manage my four kids with an ailing husband, I moved to my mother's place in Ambedkar Camp, Delhi. I began working as domestic help with her... Read More

Rising above debt
COVID - 19 Response

Rising above debt

Kamunuri Jayamma expressed her gratitude upon receiving the household provisions kit that will easily last her 30 - 45 days in this lockdown. Holding her hand is her grandson and while on the way back he has already demanded his favorite meal. Ms. Kamunuri Jayamma is aged 54, a widower who resides in Hussain Katta, Mangalagiri town, Guntur District, Andhr... Read More

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