The pandemic has been harsh. It has adversely affected numerous lives. People lost their jobs, faced health issues, financial crunch, emotional outbursts and what not. It's been a rough road for each of us. But imagine the ones who have been victims of this deadly erratic virus!
During these troublesome times, people have understood the value of unity and humanity. We understood being compassionate and kind to people is the only silver lining in this darkness.
Every day is a struggle for COVID patients and their families in isolation. Dealing with constant fear, pressure, seeing your loved ones fighting for survival and struggling for things as fundamental as breathing is no less than horror, and not being able to get proper food and diet can only make things worse.
They say, "Donating food to the ones in need is the greatest karmic service." Individuals, and organisations from Guwahati, have stepped forward for a noble cause and help the people in need.
Here we are featuring some of the good Samaritans who have volunteered and taken the initiative of providing food to COVID patients either for free or at a notably affordable price.
1. Sahamarmita " What started as a family thing has now catered to over 40 families/100 patients. Saharmarmita has freshly kicked off their services, considering the deteriorating situation of COVID in Guwahati. According to Saptarshi Banerjee, the founder of Sahamarmita, "I was already providing meals to a family friend since mid-April, and more people started reaching out to me. I, along with my family and a few close friends, planned it out. We raised a public fund through milaap.org, set up a makeshift kitchen and started catering to the affected families. It's been 14 days since we have started this initiative."
The time is distressing, but we can't let the virus win. As long as humanity is alive, we are sure to win this battle.
2. Team Kata food " The initiative was flagged off by Kashmiri Nath, 52 & Co-Founder Amrita Nath, 23. The mother-daughter duo has most certainly made a tremendous impact in many lives within a short time frame. They have been relentlessly & selflessly working towards serving COVID patients and their families. Speaking to Fit Northeast, they said, "We started this initiative on 25th April 2021. As of today, day 20, we have sent out more than 2,568 meals."
3. Boss Network Guwahati " This is a renowned network of entrepreneurs, & philanthropists, who have never shied away from lending their support to the community in the hour of need. Speaking to us, Mrs Payal Agarwal Jain, who has recently recovered from COVID herself, said, "Having a network with 200 people, I had access to amazing people who were more than willing to work for the cause and help me raise funds. Lil kids also donated to the cause, which encouraged compassion among them. We have been doing this for a month now. We have reached thousands of families for our Pranayam sessions, and our motto is to reach effectively in quality, not in quantity. We are taking care of families for more than 15 days, which includes food, medicine, requirements, and mental health."
It is worth mentioning that these foundations often fund the initiative on their own with minimum or no help from any organisations. Their motive is purely based on kindness and benevolence. The time is distressing, but we can't let this virus win.
As long as humanity is alive, we are sure to win this battle. For some people, it's about a selfless mission of saving lives and giving HOPE!
Let's get together to help these foundations and make a difference!
Team Kata Food: https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-covid-patients-70
Boss network: You may contact them and support their cause!