On the day of Janta curfew announcement, in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, Indians were divided into two categories. One was rushing to grocery stores to stock food materials to an uncertain future. The other one was thinking about how they will survive without food if the curfew or lockdown gets extended. It was observed, while the Indian government was bewildered on the next plan of action, many NGOs had already planned how to help people running out of money and food due to coronavirus affect. Mumbai’s Red Boys Foundation is also one of them.
In this 21-day lockdown, the entire nation came to halt. Everybody’s life has been affected. But the plight of 1.3 billion people in India is not the same. Such as, daily wage labourers, beggars, nomads, disabled and homeless are already struggling to put food on the table for the family. The condition of the affected people by the lockdown is getting worse. It is believed that it will intensify in a week.
“The number of needy people will increase to 70% in a week as more people will run out of money and food materials at home,” Khan Mohammed Ariz said, who stays in Mumbai’s slum, Rafi Nagar. He is also volunteering in a non-profit organisation which is distributing food kits in different areas across the nation.
Red Boys Foundation, Rotary club of UpTown and Rotary Club of Mumbai coastline joined hands to help the lockdown affected people. They began a survey on March 22, 2020, the day when Janta Curfew was enforced, to list down people who need food.
Meanwhile, they were also approaching many for help so that they can serve as many people as possible. During this, Red Boys Foundation received help from Aaditya Thackeray, who is Cabinet Minister of Tourism and Environment Government of Maharashtra. He is also MLA from Mumbai.
Shahnawaz Moosa Shaikh, co-founder of Red Boys Foundation took to social media and showed gratitude for Aaditya’s help and wrote, “Big thank you to our inspiration and guardian minister in true sense Aditya Thackeray Ji for making life easy for 700 hundred daily wage workers from West Bengal, can’t thank you enough and loads of love prayers and respect from each one of us… You inspire us !!!.” Aaditya provided the organisation with food materials including rice, pulses and oil that could cover up to 700 people.
Red Boys Foundation has distributed food kits containing rice, pulses, oil to 360 families across Mumbai’s Wadala, Juhu, Bandra east, Kurla, South Mumbai, and Malad. They have a plan to cover as many areas and people as possible.
Since the organisation has been working aggressively for the development of ‘Youth And Community Cause’ in Mumbai, it has enough network to identify the needy people. “We are making sure that we are reaching out to needy people through our network. We can easily identify who is in need and who is not,” Shahnawaz.
Red Boys Foundation is also distributing cooked food to people who belong to West Bengal and are left with no money and food due to the Coronavirus affect. They are daily wage earners staying in Bharat Nagar, Bandra East. Shahnawaz told that they are cooking food for 200 Bengalis.
The Red Boys Foundation is not only making sure that people are not sleeping empty stomach, but they are also maintaining the cleanliness in the area. “Our members are involved in sanitising areas. We have started sanitising work from Bharat Nagar,” Shahnawaz told.
They are working hard to provide food to needy people. However, your help is required until the lockdown affected people are back to normal life. Your smallest help through money or food materials to the organisations can help put food on the table for a hungry family.
Account number: 1517201005651
Account name: Red Boys Foundation
Bank name: Canara Bank
IFSC code: CNRB0001517
Bank branch: Mumbai, Bandra east