I have become a World Ambassador for Care&Share since I embraced their slogan “From the street to the school” which is a commitment to guarantee human rights, freedom and personal growth.
Sports taught me values such as team spirit, positivity, resolution, the same values that Care&Share passes down to the thousands of children it supports and to whom it guarantees the right to education.
Meeting Care&Share for me was at the beginning meeting Naresh, a homeless child with poliomelytis; he had no one he could count on until I stepped in.
The first phase of the rescue actions (link video and news) was started in a context of absolute emergency. We provided gloves, masks, and basic nutrition (rice, dhal/ lentils, oil, spices) for the slums and some other shelters in Vijayawada, Hyderabad and in the tribal areas of the north.
Then we started in the slums of Vijayawada – where the situation continues to be chaotic and worrying, with entire families forced to stay at home with the pantry empty – the second phase delivering nutritional and protein support (link videos and news).
Since May 20, 2020 we have started the third phase or Orphan Security Program, given the extension of the lockdown. To 150 orphaned children of one or both parents we give a 31kg food pack to cover the most basic needs. Each pack or kit has a cost of 50 euros – link to donate now.
In detail, each pack contains:
- Rice: 5 kg
- Fit (whole flour): 5 kg
- Tur dhal (yellow lentils): 2 kg
- Pesalu (green lentils): 1 kg
- Changalu (chickpeas): 1 kg
- Minapappu (black lentils): 1/2 kg
- Peanuts: 1 kg
- Pasupu (Curcuma): 1 hg
- Kallu uppu (coarse salt): 1 kg
- Putnalapappu (snacks): 250 grams
- Idly + wheat ravva (Semolina): 4 kg
- Cooking oil: 2 liters
- Sugar: 1 kg
- Jaggery (unrefined sugar): 1 kg
- Chilli powder (chili powder): 250 grams
- Talimpu ginjalu (hot sauce): 250 grams
- dry chilly (dehydrated chili): 100 grams
- chintapandu (Tamarindo): 250 grams
- Soya chunks (soya): 250 grams
- Soap bars: 4 pieces
- Clothing soap: 4 pieces
- Sanitizer: 1 liter
- Toothpaste: 2 packages
- Onions: 2 kg
- Potatoes: 1 kg
- Masks: 5 pairs
After the forceful action carried out in the first phase of this emergency, Care&Share Italy with its operative office in India and “Street to School” continued the activity of distribution. The difficulties have been many, due to the spread of the virus and the increasingly stringent containment measures imposed by the government that resulted from it. Our twenty volunteers and operators had to reach the slums in the middle of the night and conclude their activities in the early hours of the morning. After the initial fear that our children and their families had nothing to eat and nothing to protect themselves with, we came back to them bringing complementary foods , in order to keep them healthy and continue to grow in the healthiest way possible.
All this thanks to you!
It was therefore possible:
- to reach and support 700 other families in Vijayawada in the slums and areas of:
- Vambay Colony
- Prem Nikethan
– to supply the populations with:
- 7,000 eggs
- half a ton of cane sugar
- 700 kg of flour
- 300 kg of peanuts
- 400 kg of potatoes and onions
- 450 kg of legumes
- 30 kg of dried fruit
- 10 kg of milk powder
- 1,5 tons of fruit (bananas, papaya, and oranges)
- 2,000 soaps
- 3,000 masks and gloves
Care&Share Italy, with its thirty years of experience in the field, has not only taken immediately initiative to bring tangible relief to thousands of poor families who were struggling with the additional problems caused by the Coronavirus, but also succeeded in networking with local partners. With its operative office in India, “Street to School”, and other partners, it has promptly obtained the government authorizations, necessary because all the slums had been declared inaccessible red zones and were therefore even more isolated than usually and unable to access food. Care&Share has mobilized own and other resources, started fundraising in Italy, and gone within a few days on the ground.
All this thanks to you!
It was therefore possible:
-to reach and support 1,547 families of Vijayawada and Hyderabad, in the slums and areas of:
• Vambay Colony
• Prem Nikethan
• Sai Nagar
• Baghat Singh Nagar
• Jaipur Colony
-to distribute to each family sanitary kits consisting of:
• at least 2 pairs of gloves
• at least two masks per person
• an average of 5 soaps per kit
• a bottle of cleaning and antibacterial sanitizer
• in total over 20,000 pieces
-to supply the populations with:
• i.e. 23 tons of rice
• 3 tons of dhal (lentils that are the foundation of basic nutrition)
• 2000 liters of cooking oil
• 300 kg of chili
• 2000 bags of tamarind and masala
• 1,500 salt packs 150 kg turmeric
-to distribute information sheets to all of them on coronavirus and a list of nearby hospitals.
Twenty Care&Share workers participated directly in these 13 distribution actions, 4 of whom were operators and 16 volunteers. In some slums, such as Autonagar, the distribution was repeated.
We have of course secured all the families of the children whom we support, and identified the families that were in the most critical conditions thanks to social assistance checks.
In all slums there was not the slightest information about anti-contagion rules. The inhabitants had no possibility to find anything useful to defend themselves. Therefore, in addition to distributing gloves, sanitizer, and masks, it was necessary to raise awareness among as many people as possible regarding the good practices of defense against contagion. The measures to be taken to prevent infection have been communicated continuously with the megaphone.
The situation required concrete and immediate help. Nothing similar had happened since 2004, when a Tsunami struck Southeast Asia. On that occasion also, Care&Share distinguished itself by its three-months-long support to no less than twenty coastal villages in the Bay of Bengal.
Our intervention will not end here, as there are still many families in difficulty. Hence, phase 2 has already started.