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ABOUT
MEGHDUTAM

FOUNDATION

Meghdutam Foundation, an  non-governmental and non-profitable body, found it incumbent on them to fulfil their social responsibility in such times of crisis.

BRIEF

BEGINING.

Meghdutam Foundation is a non-profitable , non-governmental  charitable body organization located at 29 Mohim Chandra Das Sarani Kolkata 700012 under certificate of registration under section 60 and rule 69 ib Block -IV volume number 1902-2020 , page from 7621 to 7649 being no. 190200193 for the year 2020. 

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc throughout the world for the last seven months and Bengal was further destroyed by the rambunctious demon in the form of the Amphan super cyclone . During such humanitarian crises , we found it incumbent on ourselves to overcome the fear of death and stepped out with a hand of support to those marginalized sections of society with food essentials , building shelters , hygiene , medicines , supporting education and making woman's self-reliant . 

THE

BACKGROUND.

From the second week of April, we targeted those marginalized sections of urban Kolkata and rural Bengal where the lockdown had squeezed the last penny from each individual. Our aim was simple : providing a supply of essential stuffs consisting of parboiled  rice, lentils , pulses, potatoes, biscuits, cooking oil, baby food and sanitizers  to anyone in dire need of help.

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. Then our efforts quickly spread to an orphanage in Digha called Antordoy where around 300 children was starving for more than 2 days , orphanage Bodhan ,

a specialized intuition for children suffering from cerebral-palsy in Kolkata,  villages in South 24 Parganas from Mathurapur II , Manmathanagr , Bhandarkhali  Biprdaspur 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 majority of artisans children of Kumortuli , Mathurapur Block I  in Sundarban  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.

 

Then came another catastrophe. As if the pandemic’s disastrous impact wasn’t enough, Kolkata and southern Bengal were struck by a super-cyclone on 20th May. This cataclysmic cyclone, titled Amphan, unleashed a reign of destruction on people who had already reached their saturation point of fighting with adversity. While the virus compelled the world to stay indoors, there were people who no longer had a place to take shelter. What were once temporary houses in rural villages, now only had clay ovens standing in the middle of an open field to indicate that there was once a home there.


Relief for Amphan victims is very different from the lockdown relief. The demand shifted to a requirement of dry food stuffs and tarpaulin. In light of such developments, Meghdutam Foundation started visiting different villages in Sunderbans, the fastest growing delta in the world and the worst affected area after the cyclone, to provide the people there with essentials food relief such as puffed rice, flattened rice, sugar cakes, baby food, roasted barley, biscuits, drinking water, mosquito nets and tarpaulin. The condition of people there is beyond imagination for anyone who hasn’t seen it in person - they don’t even have fresh water to drink, let alone food to eat and a roof to sleep under.  We have not even scraped the surface, 

And the requirements are colossal.

CALL

TO ACTION.

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.

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