Apart from adapting to the new normal and shifting all the activities to the online mode and making sure that we continue to support the Learning and Healing journeys of children and parents living in slum communities, the team of Touching Lives has also got itself involved in supporting families affected most by the pandemic.
April 2020 – June 2020
Ration kits Distribution for Touching Lives children: As the initial phase of lockdown started revealing its challenges for daily wage earners, the mentors of all the programs at Touching Lives stayed in touch with the families of all our children. They also got in touch with organizations and individuals supplying ration kits and meals to slum communities and connected all the families facing food shortage with the good Samaritans.
Ration kits Distribution for cyclone Amphan affected families: In June 2020, we received calls and messages from a tiny village in West Bengla – Nahapar. We had supported a school in this village 4 years ago and the principal of this school shared with us how Amphan had destroyed most of the people’s homes and crops. Through a fundraising campaign on Facebook, we raised funds for them and with great efforts by Sandeep Pradhan (the school principal), we were able to provide ration kits to 162 families in the village.
July 2020 – September 2020
Smartphones and Internet data recharge for Touching Lives children: With the new academic year beginning at Touching Lives and at schools in the online mode, there were a few students of our programs who were not able to access e-classes due to lack of resources. We raised funds for 6 smartphones, used the 3 tabs we had at our Learning Center and also created a list of students for monthly internet data recharge support.
Ration kits Distribution Drive: With tremendous efforts by our volunteer John Wesly, working on the ground – From connecting with the families in need of ration and collecting all the details from them to procuring the kits to arranging transport to distributing, we were able to raise funds for and provide ration kits to 16 families in Borivali, Mumbai of daily wage workers and 270 individuals in Vangani, Shelu, Bhandup, Mumbai – some of them being blind, some slum dwellers and some street dwellers.