Help India’s Most Invisible Frontline Covid Workers – Waste Pickers
One of India’s most invisible and vulnerable communities are waste pickers who create tradable value out of waste and are frontline workers combating climate change. Waste pickers, an already severely marginalized group made up mostly of women, children, and Dalits, have been pushed to the brink in the pandemic.
Despite having to continue their work through the lockdowns, they have had little to no financial, medical or welfare protection.
Our Campaign: Food and medical support for 6,000 affected waste-picker families in 54 cities in India.1. Ration kits: 10 kg rice, 2kg dal, 1 kg sugar, 1 kg salt, tea powder, chili powder, oil, soaps, and masks. Each kit costs us about 1200, to buy assemble and dispatch.2. Medical and sanitation kits for families with Covid+ members: Generic medicines and nutrition supplements, disinfectants, hygiene products, childcare products, patient care products, etc. and cost of medical assistance and services.3. Additional support: Doctor assistance and medical support, awareness-building, and hygiene training with the community at large.4. Child Care and support for children whose both parents have been affected by COVID and require additional support to see themselves through these troubled times.
On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire.
- On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation
- They cannot foresee the pain and trouble
- That is bound to ensure and equal blame
- The same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain.
We have come to realize that the hardship on the families this time is much greater than during the first, national lockdown in 2020. We had more time to prepare this year, but the spread of infection is astronomically higher. Waste pickers do not have the luxury of private spaces or individual bathrooms/sanitation facilities when they need to isolate or quarantine at home. We must also consider that the lockdown might (out of necessity) extend longer than the planned two weeks.
We are extending our campaign to cover protein foods for families with ration cards and also planning for larger numbers to support for medical and livelihood needs. Further, we are establishing a community center to cater for COVID-19 positive patients (from waste picking communities) who need home quarantine.