COVID-19  India Project #48172

1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19

by Apne Aap USA
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19
1m meals for excluded women & children in Covid-19

Project Report | Apr 25, 2023
Food supplies continue to vulnerable girls & women

By Praveen Kumar | Program Manager

Girls studying on tin trunks in Sundarbans
Girls studying on tin trunks in Sundarbans

Radhika lives with her mother under the bridge near Kidderpore’s red-light area in Kolkata. She and her mother are from Sundarbans, one of the poorest districts in India. Due to hurricanes and cyclones, half the year, the population is flooded out and cut off from basic supplies, even clean drinking water, as the salty ocean water is not fit for drinking. They live in extreme poverty, and human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation are rampant.

When Radhika was six years old, her father remarried, leaving her mother to raise her and her seven siblings alone. Due to their overwhelming poverty and hunger, Radhika’s mother left for the city turning to daily wage work and pitching a plastic sheet under the bridge for her children to live in. Then Covid hit, and she lost her livelihood, and Radhika and her younger siblings began to starve. Traffickers showed up to compel Radhika’s mother to sell her. 

Luckily Radhika had joined the Apne Aap community classroom program in October 2022. Our team quickly set up a supply chain to make sure that Radhika, her mother, and siblings got food and a computer to continue studying.

Radhika’s mother is learning to be a seamstress and our field staff will support her to start a tailoring shop. store. 

Since Covid started we have supported more than 500,000 women and girls with food, medicines, and education support. Now with your help we continue to provide the vital lifeline of food and education as vulnerable girls like Radhika and vulnerable women like Radhika’s mother transition out of food.

From January 2023 till now, we have distributed 38,500 meals to 2325 women and children in Bihar, Delhi, and West Bengal. This takes the total number of meals distributed through our Covid #1MillionMeals food drive to 13.85 Million Meals for 59,2554 women and children. 

Our support for the education of 2,755 children, ranging from preschool to college-age children, also continues as does our sewing classes in Kolkata and Bihar. 64 girls have started their own businesses or joined a tailoring shop after graduating from our sewing classes this year. 

 

 

Our classes under the Hastings Bridge in Kolkata
Our classes under the Hastings Bridge in Kolkata
The family under the bridge
The family under the bridge
Under the bridge classes by Apne Aap
Under the bridge classes by Apne Aap

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Ruchira Gupta
New York , NY United States

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