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PROJECTS

NALSAR for Migrant Workers began in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its deleterious impact on the rights of workers to life, livelihood, shelter and health. 

 

We have partnered with NALSAR, multiple civil society organisations and individuals to support stranded migrant workers with nutritious food, water, sanitation kits and travel arrangements for those who wish to travel to their homes.

 

It is heart-warming for us to witness the overwhelming support we have received from our alumni and well-wishers. We have raised over INR 25 Lakhs as of now. After extensive reaching out to civil society networks, labour unions, and state officers operating on the ground to understand the most urgent need, the collected funds have been directed towards the following projects so far: 

 

FLIGHT FROM BENGALURU TO RAIPUR

In collaboration with Loving Migrant Workers Network and Samerth Charitable Trust, we organised and funded  a chartered flight for the travel of 174 migrant workers including four infants from Bengaluru to Raipur through Indigo Airlines. We arranged for these passengers to reach the airport from various places in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, including Karwar, Bylakuppe, Kolar, Hosur, to name a few. We financed their journey home and provided a cash transfer of INR 1000 to each passenger for immediate relief. About 12 buses were arranged by us from all over Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to bring the workers to the Bengaluru Airport, where they were given food and water before boarding. Together with our partner organisations, we also  provided other logistical support, including protective gear and ration kits for future use. An approximate total of INR 16 lakhs has been spent on this project. 

Facilitating the journey of 21 migrant workers from Kerala to Jharkhand

 

 

In partnership with Goonj, we have also facilitated the home-bound return of 21 migrant workers from Jharkhand who were stranded in Aloor, Kerala. We facilitated their journey from Aloor, Kerala, to Jasidih, Jharkhand by a Shramik train, from where local administration is facilitating their journey to their homes in Jamtara, Jharkhand. Ground-level volunteers ensured that they reached the screening centre; provided them with meals, besides bread, biscuits and water bottles (provided by Goonj); and further ensured that they received regular meals along their journey.

Food aid in West Bengal

We have disbursed a sum of INR 1 lakh to the National Hawker Federation (NHF) in Kolkata for their community food kitchens. We are also collaborating with the Bangla Sanskriti Mancha (BSM) for supply of ration kits to 200 affected families. The Amphan Cyclone has compounded the vulnerabilities that the pandemic had already exposed the weaker sections of the society to, and we are funding food provisions to alleviate them. NHF’s community kitchens are located at Bowbazar, Avishikta and Sector V, Kolkata. Food is distributed there and transported to other locations in Kolkata that are seeing the need for cooked food. BSM is a collective of academics, physicists and other volunteers, focussing on relief work for migrant workers, especially in cyclone affected areas of West Bengal.

 

Food Support at the Secunderabad Railway Station

 

 

 

 

When it was discovered that migrant workers and their children on a train from Bengaluru to Nagpur were travelling without food, our volunteers at Secunderabad liaised with the Centre for Social Justice, to provide food to the passengers at the Secunderabad station.

Food SUPPORT for Migrant workers travelling to ODISHA on SHRAMIK SPECIAL TRAINS

 

 

 

 

In association with our Partner Aide at Action, we could facilitate food support (cooked rice, water bottles, biscuits, fruits and dry fruits)  920 brick kiln workers. The workers were returning to Naupada & Bolangir districts. We provided INR 1,53,000 to our partner organisation for this purpose. 

 

Food Support at the Secunderabad Railway Station

 

 

 

 

When it was discovered that migrant workers and their children on a train from Bengaluru to Nagpur were travelling without food, our volunteers at Secunderabad liaised with the Centre for Social Justice, to provide food to the passengers at the Secunderabad station.

Bus Travel from Karimnagar, Telangana to Balangir, Odishaga

 

 

 

We have funded the bus travel of 29 employees of a brick kiln in Telangana and seven infants from Karimnagar to Balangir in Odisha. We have allocated a total sum of INR1,05,600. This sum includes an individual contribution of INR 60,000 from a NALSAR alumnus and the remaining is being covered from the funds raised by us.

Food AND Logistical support for bus travel from Shillong, Meghalaya to Chandel, Manipur

 

 

 

 

We provided logistical support in facilitating the bus travel of 90 passengers by putting the concerned NGO in touch with third-party funders; and monitored and vouched for them to ensure they are able to cross the border between Meghalaya and Manipur without any hassles.

Food AND Logistical support for bus travel from VadodrA, GUJARAT to FARRUKHABAD, UTTAR PRADESH

 

 

 

 

We were made aware that 37 migrant workers had walked 220+ kms from Patan to Vadodra, in a quest to return to their homes in Uttar Pradesh.In partnership with Aide at Action and Center for Social Justice, we have been able to arrange for transport, food and sanitation for 37 migrants who had walked from Patan to Vadodara. 

Food SUPPORT for 4 Villages in Giridh, Jharkhand

 

 

 

 

We funded the provision of 30 dry ration kits for families in 4 villages in Giridh, Jharkhand in association with GEMS Seva. These kits included rice, wheat, dal, turmeric powder, coriander, chilli powder, oil, potatoes and salt, and we allocated INR 16,950 for this initiative.

Bus travel from Bhilwara, Rajasthan to Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

 

 

 

 

In collaboration with Jai Bhim Vikas Seva Sanstha and Akhil Bharatiya Samaj Sewa Sansthan, we facilitated the travel of 9 migrant worker families of 20 adults and 25 children, employed in a brick kiln, from Bhilwara district, Rajasthan, to Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. The total allocation for this project was INR 1.2 lakhs, which covered travel, food, and cash transfer for immediate needs (INR 1000 per adult) to sustain the migrant workers when they get home.

Bus travel from KOLAR, KARNATKA to BIJAPUR, KARNATKA

 

 

 

In collaboration with Swarnabhoomi Foundation, we assisted 12 female workers who had lost their jobs and wanted to go to their homes in Bijapur from Kollar. We helped them with Bus, Ration pack and some cash assistance as well. We contributed INR 22,000 for this project.

Bus travel from Bhilwara, Rajasthan to Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

 

 

 

 

In collaboration with Jai Bhim Vikas Seva Sanstha and Akhil Bharatiya Samaj Sewa Sansthan, we facilitated the travel of 9 migrant worker families of 20 adults and 25 children, employed in a brick kiln, from Bhilwara district, Rajasthan, to Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. The total allocation for this project was INR 1.2 lakhs, which covered travel, food, and cash transfer for immediate needs (INR 1000 per adult) to sustain the migrant workers when they get home.

FOOD SUPPORT

IN HYDERABAD

 

In collaboration with Social Data Initiatives Forum (Freeration app), we helped fund dry ration kits for approximately 415 families (predominantly Hyderabad; some rural AP and Telangana, where aid hasn’t reached and the need is pressing). The cost of ration for a family for a week is capped at INR 600 and contain staples (rice, atta, dal, sugar, oil, basic masalas, soap). We provided INR 2,50,00 for this initiatve. 

 

FOOd and SANITATION Assistance IN

 Raidighi, Sunderbans 

 

In association with the Stronger Kolkata Initiative, we assisted in the delivery of tarpaulin sheets, mosquito coils, soaps, and candles for 500 families in Raidighi, Sunderbans. We provided INR 1,39,000 for this initiative.  At the same time, we also funded the delivery of ration kits costing INR 318 per week, per family to the the same 500 families. For the food part of the project, we provided INR 1,64,000. 

SANITATION SUPPORT IN WEST BENGAL

 

In collaboration with Prantojon, we fund the delivery of tarpaulin sheets, sanitary napkins, and soaps in Hingalganj, North 24 Parganas. We provided INR 63,600 for this initiative. 

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