Health  India Project #23676

Food and Medicine for 450 Ragpickers in India

by Tiljala Society for Humans and Educational Development Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Summary

This project provides emergency food and medicine for 450 in Kolkata's Topsia squatter community. Living in makeshift shelters beside an open sewer; they survive by collecting, sorting and selling waste from the streets. They are illiterate, malnourished and despised. Access to emergency aid enables the young to stay healthy and in work and provides essential care for the elderly. The funds are applied for and disbursed by the community itself through their Association of Ragpickers.

$20,000
total goal
$10,820
remaining
85
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

Rag pickers are exposed to disease through their occupation as well as their living conditions. Medicines are expensive and when someone falls sick, the family can end up hungry and in debt. Every small setback is a disaster for a vulnerable family. Children drop out of school and go rag picking because they are hungry. This community desperately needs help to overcome crises so that families can stay well and keep their children in school.

Solution

This project provides the funds for the local community organisation (Association of Rag Pickers) to provide emergency medical and food aid for families in crisis. If a parent falls sick or dies; if there is flood or fire; if an elderly person can no longer support herself; or in any other emergency the community can apply for funds to get the family through the crisis and back on its feet again. The initiative is run by Tiljala SHED but led by the community members.

Long-Term Impact

Hunger and disease lead to a cycle of despair. By enabling the community to help its own members through crises, this project promotes community cohesion, keeps the able bodied in work and the children in education. The community will rely on its own leaders rather than depend directly on an NGO. Ultimately the community itself will provide the funds leading to a long term sustainable programme.

Resources

http:/​/​www.tished.org

Organization Information

Tiljala Society for Humans and Educational Development

Location: Kolkata - India
Website: http:/​/​www.tished.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @Tiljala_NGO
Project Leader:
Jane Manson
Kolkata, 700017, India

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