Yusuf Meherally Centre, a non-profit development organization, functioning since 1962,has taken up initiatives to meet food security of the most vulnerable communities in lowincome settlements across 7 states. We are reaching out to those who are the most marginalized irrespective of any intersectionalities – gender, caste, creed, religion etc.
Yusuf Meherally Centre started the ‘Food for the Marginalized’ program on March 25th. We joined the efforts of individual initiatives which had started in 3 cities of Greater Mumbai region – Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai and Panvel. (Mankhurd, Govandi, King circle, Mahim,Dadar, Worli, Dharavi, Andheri east and west, Kandiveli, Dahisar, Kolva in Thane, Bhiwani,
Kalyan, Dombivali, Panvel, Belapur, Nerul, Chembur and Bandra East & West). We decidedto move beyond Mumbai city. We tried our best and expanded our reach to help families of daily wagers, homeless, construction workers, poor living in slums, widows, transgender and
the tribes in the nearby district of Mumbai. We have reached out to 3600 family across the Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai and Panvel.
The daily wage workers from the unorganized sector (construction work, street vendors, small shop workers and porters) single women, children are the ones who need help right now, tosurvive this catastrophe. They are the ones who have exhausted their money in hand, andunable to procure food and other essentials.
Yusuf Meherally Centre brought to the attention of the District Collector of Raigad the problems faced by some of the adivasi villagers who have not yet obtained a ration card for themselves. The DM has given instruction to the Tahasildar and the District Civil Supplies Officer to immediately complete the formalities to provide ration card to these people so that they get the benefits in this time of lock down. We have provided ration kit to most venerable 1600 tribal family in 20 different village of Raigad district with the help of different organisations.
We have also recognized the need to support the marginalized communities in two districts of Maharashtra in Raigad and Ratnagiri for 20 villages. In Raigad district specifically, in the vicinity of Tara village where YMC rural centre and a hospital is located, we are providing free health services to this population mostly the daily-wage labourers who are in need of this service. We have provided 500 masks to needy persons. We are also initiating the same from the hospitalbased in Anjanwel near Chiplun. Our Doctor and volunteers are taking care of 397 fisherman family covering three village of nearby Chiplun center. We are providing them free medical checkup and medicine. We are already in touch with ZP-DHO in Ratnagiri, to make the space available as quarantine ward to accommodate 25-30 people if and when required.
Jammu, we have distributed 7000 khadi masks to diverse front-line workers in hospital, police and banking staff. We have provided cocked food to 8650 person who is stuck at different place of Jammu district. We have provided the food grains kit to 256 migrants labours family. Our devotion and dedication towards village industry and generate local economy has been our operational credo across India. Because of which we have got order for 10 lac Khadi masks. The different dept and district administration of Jammu and Kashmir approached our Jammu unit to facilitate for the same. We had already given the 20000 masks to district administration. Now we are working to prepare the 10 lac mask. The state govt. is helping us to collect the cloth from different state to meet out the requirement.
Kutch, Gujarat we have distributed approximately 10,000 face masks to hospitals and other departments providing crucial services. We are ready to produce more mask (approx. 20000 per day) as per requirement received from different dept and organisation. In this region, we have reached out to 560 migrants slat labours family. We have received the support from our supporting organisation to reach out 800 family in
We are preparing the food grains kit for them and trying to reach there as soon as possible. We are also coordinating with district administration to provide ration card to migrants labours. Uttarakhand, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh we are strengthening our grassroots support system to reach out to the most vulnerable groups of people in terms of food parcels
and imparting basic hygienic and preventive measures. We have provided shelter to 22 migrants labour at our center in Khandikhal village in Uttrakhand. We have provided cocked food to 456 persons for a day at Sonebhadra in UP, to most vulnerable community. We are creating awareness at 20 village in Dhenkanal district of Odisha. We
have manufactured 3000 masks and distributed among the villagers in Dhenkanal district of Odisha state. We are working with different group who are working as Corona Warrior at Bhagalpur district in Bihar state.
Our volunteers have distributed 200 mask to vegetable vendors nearby our center at Bihpur in Bhaglpur district.
Kerla YMC had ensured that the members of the senior citizens self-help groups formed in Thalavady Village are provided with clean drinking water during the lock down period. Arrangements for this had been made from the RO plant set up as part of its post flood rehabilitation work in Kerala.