MISSION & OBJECTIVE.
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”
These words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau have a new meaning in this pandemic. People are free, and yet in the clutches of unemployment. They are alive during the times of democracy, and yet cannot break free from the shackles of hunger and fear that is suffocating them. They are bound together by the same emotional roller-coaster, and yet they are forced to be 6ft apart.
With the imposition of the national lockdown from 25th March, 2020, India set foot in what would turn out to be an excruciating battle of survival. With the whole world talking about “flattening the curve”, another curve made itself visible in the country - the curve of hunger and destitution; and the latter shot up like a bullet.
Meghdutam Foundation, an non-governmental and non-profitable body, found it incumbent on them to fulfil their social responsibility in such times of crisis.
We began our relief endeavours with the sex workers and their children of the Red Light Area of Kolkata, and the potters and craftsmen of Kumortuli (the potters’ headquarters of Kolkata, famous for its clay idols). Then our efforts quickly spread to an orphanage in Digha called Antordoy where the children had gone hungry for two days, orphanage Bodhan , a specialized intuition for children suffering from cerebral-palsy in Kolkata, villages in South 24 Parganas from Mathurapur II , Manmathanagr , Biordaspur and catchment areas of Sunderbans , newspaper delivery personnel’s, rickshaw pullers, slum dwellers, and anyone who reached out to us for help. Alongside this mission, we also decided to support the education of all the children of Kumortuli for the current academic session, since a lack of income for their parents and the social disadvantage faced in the form of an inability to engage in virtual learning were sure to hamper their schooling.