My name is Rinku. I live in Janata Jeewan Camp. I am also disabled and can’t use my right leg as it is twisted. My husband works as a daily wage labourer. We do not have a ration card. Our limited money is depleting fast. We are not sure when this lockdown period will end, but all I can say is that all of us in the basti are facing many problems -how to buy food, how to pay rent. Some arrangement should be made so that everyone’s problems are reduced in this time of crisis, all poor people get some relief…
Rinku, Janata Jeewan Camp, Okhla II, Delhi

Campaign for COVID-19 Relief

An appeal to support the most vulnerable to fight hunger and deprivation

 

Following the lockdown…

The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most serious threats the world has faced in centuries, calling for a global response. Since the fight against COVID 19 is likely to be a long one, there will be many sacrifices the world and India will have to make. The three-week shutdown until April 15, which has now been extended to May 3, is one of the many such possible moves aimed at containment of the virus.

However, as in any disaster, it is the poor and marginalised who suffer the most. A large number of jobs have been lost in both the formal and informal sectors. Housemaids, cooks, security guards, vendors, rag-pickers are no longer working. They are at home and don’t have money to buy food and other necessities. The Hon’ble Prime Minister has appealed to all of us to stand by each other and look after the poor in their hour of need.

What have we done so far?

We have already reached out to 578 families in 6 cities. We are focussing on the most vulnerable, the most excluded urban poor, including daily wage labour, street vendors, migrant and tribal communities,among others.

We are on the ground, in cities where we work (Ajmer, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Pune, Sambalpur). Our community management committees and helpdesks, run and managed by community members themselves, are feeding the poorest people and ensuring no one goes hungry. While the government is reaching out to people with ration cards, there is a large segment of population that is without such entitlements and is also at risk, more than ever.

Why are we raising funds?

The people need to be supported for at least three months.We are raising funds to ensure that people do not go hungry and that their other basic needs are met. We will use your money to buy food items such as dry ration for the most vulnerable groups such as people without ration cards, tenants and migrants with no identity, women and children, the sick and elderly people, among others. Our committed volunteers who belong to the communities know who are at most risk. They have identified such people and are supporting them. However, our current funds –donations made by individuals –are running out.

Who will benefit?

The most excluded urban poor-domestic workers, daily wage labour, greengrocers, street vendors, and excluded communities such as communities of Maratha gonda adivasi, sansi, transgender, people with disability, single women, elderly, ragpickers, nats, bangle-sellers, wool rollers, and refugees.

How we will use your funds:  We will use your funds to buy dry rations, gloves (for small groups eg transgender persons who are selling vegetables) dignity kits, basic health care items, etc.

How many people will we reach? A few hundred thousand people in several cities of India including Ajmer, Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Coimbatore, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Madurai, Pune among others (lists are being prepared).

 

Donations to Centre for Advocacy and Research are tax-exempted under section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act 1961. An acknowledgement receipt of Donation made by you, bearing Tax-Exemption (80G) Number, will be issued to the all Donors upon sharing PAN Number.

How to donate to CFAR to fight COVID-19

Please donate using one of these methods…

DONATION BY INDIAN DONATION BY FOREIGN AND NRI

DONATION BY INDIAN INDIVIDUAL/INSTITUTIONAL DONORS ONLY

LOCAL INDIAN BANK’S PARTICULARS FOR RTGS/NEFT TRANSFER

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Name as per Bank

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CENTRE FOR ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH

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Corporation Bank

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520361002148514

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CORP0000286

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110017005

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Greater Kailash Part-II, New Delhi-110048

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011-29214690,29210959

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Mob. No. ( CFAR )

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09891711922

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Telephone Number: ( CFAR )

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011-26418846, 26410133, 41864172

 

DONATION BY FOREIGN INDIVIDUAL/INSTITUTIONAL DONORS AND NRI

FCRA BANK’S PARTICULARS FOR RTGS/NEFT TRANSFER

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CENTRE FOR ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH

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Standard Chartered Bank

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Express Towers

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1st Floor, Express Building, 9-10, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-110002

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52011027084

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520

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SCBL0036086

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SCBLINBBXXX

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FCRA A/c

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In case if you want to donate a dedicated donation (children or general relief) please indicate

A Special Appeal for raising resources for providing milk to children in Delhi

 

The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) and Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) have appealed to individuals and organisations/companies for funds or material support to sustain and scale up their efforts to provide milk and biscuits to underprivileged children of Delhi.

Current Initiative

 

CFAR is working with DCPCR to deliver milk in areas it has been working in, including Mazdoor Kalyan Camp, Okhla; JJ Camp Anand Vihar, Khichdipur; Sanjay Camp, Gautampuri and Indira Kalyan Vihar.“We started delivering milk here because our survey found that even when people were able to get ration and other material, they could not buy milk because it was not part of the relief supply and was too expensive for them. This is more so because most people working in the unorganised sector currently do not have assured income,” said CFAR’s Senior Programme Manager, Juhi Jain.

Both DCPCR and CFAR were faced with requests for milk and biscuits for children. Speaking about the difficulties they were facing in feeding their children, Jyoti, a mother, said, “My husband, a daily wage worker, and I, a domestic worker, have both lost our jobs. We need milk for our little children, without it the children will get no nutrition.”

Ms Ranjana Prasad, Member, DCPCR said that the agency was working with a number of private companies but the agency was running out of support which was provided earlier. “We are trying to find individuals, companies and organisations who would support in meeting the nutritional needs of the poor children of Delhi,” she said.

Distributed Material in Bhil Basti, Jodhpur
SYS team loading the ration bags

Voices of people

How would families survive with no income and no social protection?

Sharda, Janata Jeewan Camp, Okhla II, Delhi

My name is Sharda. I live in Janata Jeewan Camp. My husband works as a labourer. I am disabled, my left leg is not good. My husband is also disabled with no vision in one eye, and is now at home. We have three sons. We have nothing to eat. We have no pension given to persons with disability as we could not get a certificate. We don’t even have a ration card. We live here on rent. How will we live like this and for how long?

Distributed Material in Bhil Basti, Jodhpur

Distributed Material in Bhil Basti, Jodhpur

Volunteer loading the food bags for distribution in Delhi’s Basti

SYS team loading the ration bags

Transgender people more affected than others

Pooja, Transport Nagar, Jaipur

“The impact on transgender persons due to lockdown is much more than it is others. There is no food to eat, we collected alms in trains but for the past 10 days all work has stopped as we can’t step out of the house. There is no other source of income for us. We are getting two food packets in a day but this is not sufficient. There are no shops open so we cannot even buy food if someone gives us money. And yes, we are maintaining social distance and washing our hands regularly like all of you.”

We are working as warriors

Smita Sonde, Cancer patient and Helpdesk member, Pune

It is a difficult time for us and we need support. All help desk members are working as warriors with the support of the government to save the lives of the most marginalized community.

CFAR team along with Centre for Youth Development and Activities distributed food packets in marginalized families of Pune.

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Distributed Material in Delhi

Distributed Material in Delhi

A question of survival

Professor, Deepak, Loyola College, Chennai (Activist for persons with disability)

“Most of the persons with disability (PwD) are marginalised. The lockdown has affected the people with PwD who are entirely dependent on the government’s financial assistance which is supposed to benefit 6,00,000- 7,00,000 persons. Many PwD were surviving through the self-employment in petty shops. They have no other livelihood option right now, and there are no efforts currently to address their need.

Unlike other disasters, in this we cannot go out to help

Mr. Nayagam, Tamil Nadu

Unlike other disaster management efforts, the problem here is that volunteers are not able to go to the field. We are not able to go out, there is a toll-free help line managed by the district administration which links those in need with those who want to support. It is important for those in need to register themselves in that. We can provide the support through this cell as they will arrange for volunteers to deliver this to them.

Members of the Multi-stakeholder forum in Coimbatore

Members of the Multi-stakeholder forum in Coimbatore