As the world is battling against the novel Coronavirus, Government of India announced closure of all institutions. Following the orders by State and Central authorities our operations were suspended from 22nd March with immediate effect. The next thing which came unexpectedly was the announcement of the lockdown for the next 21 days. Since all our children and families belong to the deprived section of the society, they lost their jobs and found it challenging to cope up with the situation. Almost all of them worked as daily wage workers, beggars, or hawkers. It became difficult for them to feed themselves even once a day, and many went hungry for days altogether.
While every citizen was appealed to be stay home, without giving any second thought, our Founder Mr Varun Shrivastava and all our Zonal Directors took the lead and broke the barriers. They, along with their army of volunteers collected the essential Ration and distributed it to the families and whosoever was found in need.
The pandemic which had taken roots was no less than a calamity, and considering the gravity of the situation, all our zones flung into action and helped the people living on the streets, migrating workers, people in urban slums and remote villages. UPAY started off with an emergency fundraising campaign to manage the expenses and to our surprise, all our supporters came forward and donated generously to help us focus on fighting the crisis.
Without any fear for life, our volunteers reached out to the needy people on the streets, slums, villages and extended their helping hand by providing Ration kits, cooked meals, hygiene kits, face masks and other such relief materials.
UPAY has distributed more than 6700 meals and Ration kits to 2500+ Families in Nagpur, Mumbai, Delhi, Noida, Pune, Gurugram, Bangalore and Mouda. In these 12 days of crisis, we have been able to help 17500+ people in various capacities!
The entire operation of distribution has been done under the advisory of various state authorities, village panchayats, municipal corporations, health care advisers and police personnel. Apart from the local administration, various non-profit organizations, food banks, corporate volunteers, individuals and public sector units have extended their support and have sincerely uplifted not only our spirits but our capacity to spread smiles on those dejected faces.
The situation doesn’t seem improving, and the need of the hour, calls for extended support from our end. We are still distributing ration and reaching out to many whose life has stranded due to the situation. We look forward to serve more people in need in the best possible way in the days to come but from the bottom of our hearts we pray for speedy recovery from this pandemic and wish good health to one and all!