“UNITED AGAINST COVID-19”, THE UNITED WAY OF HYDERABAD’S COVID RELIEF CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS 50,000 VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES
THE RELIEF INCLUDES: HOME ESSENTIAL, SANITATION AND NUTRITION KITS
Hyderabad: “United Against COVID-19” a campaign initiated by United Way of Hyderabad, a volunteer led, non profit organization, so far could able to support 50,000+ people. And we are eagerly look forward to serve more, declared Rekha Srinivasan, CEO of United Way of Hyderabad in a press note issued in Hyderabad today.
Dry ration comprising of Rice, Pulses, Milk, Mirchi, turmeric powder. The home essential kit was put together by in house nutritionist, who has ensured it has all components of daily nutritional requirements for a family. Soya chunks, ground nuts, milk powder and tea power as part of the kit is highly appreciated by the recipients who otherwise mostly receive dry ration. The Sanitation kit comprised of Soap, Shampoo, Sanitizers and other essential items. The different items were distributed at different places in the city such Kukatpally, Jawaharnagar, Banjara Hills, Alwal, Hitech City, Old City and other places. All these were provided in collaboration with GHMC.
18000 plus meals were provided in collaboration with Akshayapathra.
The beneficiaries of this relief was vulnerable communities who lost their livelihood such as daily wagers, manual labourers, shopkeepers, drivers, roadside vendors, rag pickers, migrant workers, and others to scramble for daily needs. United Way of Hyderabad works closely with such communities and we are trying our best to fulfil their basic needs shared Rekha.
In the first week of Lockdown, United Way of Hyderabad received ask for support from more than 1.7 lakh people living in Hyderabad city alone slowly the requests have started coming from neighboring districts and bordering villages of Andhra Pradesh. Most of them were from migrant workers in the Mandals where we have education and nutrition programs.
Our major concern was, Starvation Deaths should not over take COVID-19 pandemic deaths. As a response we initiated campaign “United Against COVID-19” and received overwhelming response from Individuals who have pledge a day’s salary to a Month’s salary.
“We are happy that we were able to be that bridge between the donors and the needy” said Rekha Srinivasan, CEO, United Way of Hyderabad,
“My first thought was to reach out to the thousands, whose livelihoods have been totally stalled without income, food & essential household commodities for their families. I wished to reach out immediately in my individual capacity to help communities with basic food & supplies to sustain these harsh days. I turned to UWH-My trusted resource partner!” told, Suchitra Ella, Joint Managing Director Co-Founder, Bharat Biotech Limited.
UWH is NGO, operating in Hyderabad city since 2010. Serving the needy by providing access to education, health, livelihoods is the primary focus of the organization. Disaster response and environment sustainability is an important agenda for the organization. Previously it has done relief and rehabilitation work during Kurnool floods, Phailin Cyclone, Hud-Hud Cyclone and Kerala Floods.