From her hospital bed, woman arranges Eid ration for needy | India News

From her hospital bed, woman arranges Eid ration for needy | India News
MUMBAI: A few days before Ramzan Eid, Shaheen Jamadar’s phone started buzzing non-stop. A bunch of people from Dharavi were calling up to inquire where she had disappeared. It was festival time and they needed rations and clothes that she had been organising for them through an NGO ever since the lockdown began.
Jamadar, 38, had tested positive for Covid and had been hospitalised 12 days ago. But the fact that people wouldn’t be able to celebrate Eid kept gnawing at her and she got to work from her hospital bed. When the moon was sighted on Thursday night, ration kits had already reached the 170 families that had approached Jamadar for help.
“I am surviving. But these people have no food or water and will starve to death,” she explained over phone from her isolation ward. Her effort inspired other Dharavi residents to such an extent that they decided to pool whatever little sums of money they had and donated it to the NGO instead of making an annual contribution to local mosque for Eid.
Jamadar, who lives in the same community at Dharavi, has been working for social causes for six years. In 2020, she joined a crowdfunded group, Enrich Lives Foundation, run by three women — a lawyer, an IIT engineer and an entrepreneur. “Since inception, we have given out 8,000 ration kits across Dharavi through various volunteers besides clothes, snacks and 10,000 sanitary pads,” said Shievani Upadhyay, co-founder of the NGO. It also started an initiative to coach around 300 students in Dharavi in basic English and Maths as online education was a luxury these children couldn’t afford. Jamadar was actively involved in all initiatives.
“Being a lead volunteer from the NGO for Dharavi, it is my responsibility to identify needy families and fill up forms with their requirements,” she said. From her hospital bed, she started collating a list of people who needed aid, in the run up to Eid. “We are required to visit each such family to verify their requests. As I could not step out of the Covid ward, I sent out my husband and son for door-to-door visits. I then asked each family to send me copies of their Aadhar cards, phone numbers and ration requirements,” she said. The details were keyed into a Google form online and sent to the NGO. When supplies arrived, Jamadar coordinated with her husband and son to handle the distribution. Geo-tagged photos of the distribution were sent back to the NGO. “Records of every beneficiary are maintained and random checks are carried out to ensure that no individual is left out,” Upadhyay said.
Jamadar can’t wait to get discharged from hospital so she can resume field work.

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