morning John, our social worker, dutifully wakes up earlier than most of the
city. He’s also been up most of the previous night co-ordinating with local
youth volunteers to see who can help with the coming day. John has worked out a
service map of sorts covering the forest areas around the Thane side of Sanjay
Gandhi National Park, the open streets of Mulund, and the expansive slums that
make up a huge part of Bhandup.
The team sweats it out in Mumbai’s
harsh summer heat and humidity, while quite often literally going uphill to
include as many people as they can. A frightening number of undocumented
migrant workers and Adivasi families are severely affected and do not have
access to government schemes during the COVID lock-down. John’s volunteers from
different religious, cultural, socio- economic backgrounds are welcomed and
appreciated for their selfless service. Having
distributed TBR’s nutritious breakfast packs, they take a break at a makeshift
Adivasi stall to have some vada pav and to share stories from their different
routes and the families they met. To date, almost 2 lakh breakfasts and hot
meals have been distributed during this extended lockdown.
head home, while some accompany John to his home where they begin prep work and
cooking for the night. Taking into account nutritional needs they’re making a
soy pulav with veggies tonight.
it cools down a little bit, the team packs it up and heads back out. They want
to make sure the people they’re helping do not go to bed on an empty stomach. And
so, they go… uphill, and partially in the dark, to help those in dire need.
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