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SEEDS distributed drought rations to 1 million people in 8 states amid Corona crisis

The organization launched a special helpline to provide immediate assistance in emergency

New Delhi, 26 April 2020: During the corona virus epidemic, SEEDS has continuously tried to support the most vulnerable, poor, needy and marginalized community of the society. SEEDS has distributed drought rations to 10 lakh poor and needy people across 8 states in a 27-day lockdown. These included orphans, daily wage laborers, transgender communities, women-headed households, tribal families, people living in slums, marginalized people in the society, and commercial sex workers.

The organization has launched a special helpline number + 91-9821746747 to provide immediate assistance to the needy community, so that the poor people can be provided immediate help in the event of corona virus.

On the impact of corona virus on people and SEEDS initiative to tackle it, SEEDS co-founder Manu Gupta said, “It is nice to feel that we have distributed drought rations to 10 lakh poor and needy during lockdown in the country. As the outbreak of the epidemic continues to increase, it has become extremely important that poor and needy, disabled persons, children living in orphanages and socially marginalized citizens not die due to lack of food. It is very important to save the life of every person. We believe this politely and courteously that we still have to reach a large number of people to ensure that no one lives without food. We are pained by this feeling. This number of 10 lakh people is very small because there are still many people who live here and spend their lives very hard.

In Delhi, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra and Odisha SEEDS is working in close cooperation with the administration at various levels to reduce the physical health, mental health and economic impact of the epidemic.

SEEDS’s system of distributing food to the poor and needy is very strong. Under this, the real economic condition of a person is verified by examining the data obtained from the ground level at three levels. After this, ration is effectively procured to provide food to the needy community. In the end, it is divided among the members of the community whose real identity has been respected. The entire team supervises this entire process from the beginning, so that there is no problem in getting information about the poor and needy community at every level.

During the current era of the corona virus epidemic, members of several SEEDS teams are engaged tirelessly in the service of humanity along with trained volunteers. Today, when this epidemic has engulfed humans from all four sides, at that time this team ensures that all the necessary items to live life in times of crisis reach them.

Anshu Sharma, co-founder of SEEDS said, “Despite the challenges of the lockdown, we were able to give food packets to the poor and needy people by trying our supporters and teams. We are quite satisfied with this, but as we are moving forward, we are becoming well aware that there are still many people who are in great need of help. There is absolutely no denying the fact that we would like to see the lockdown end on 3 May together. But this will not reduce the problems and challenges of the lower middle class and poor standing at the bottom of the economy in the near future. We know this well that it is a long battle. We need to stand with those people until they are completely out of financial trouble. We also have to see that the poor and needy people can be taken to the level of living in a dignified way.

In addition to reaching financially vulnerable families, SEEDS is also committed to reaching out to doctors, nurses and health workers battling the corona virus to advance fronts. Medical staff has been disproportionately affected by the corona virus. When the country is most in need of doctors and nurses, the organization is also looking at the economic aspects of different sections of this epidemic.

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