Few communities have been spared the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent nation-wide lockdown. Yet, in these uncertain times, some citizens suffer from a threat more urgent even than contracting the coronavirus. Hunger, homelessness and unemployment have unsettled a great mass of India’s daily wage workers and laborers from unorganised sectors. Construction workers, street vendors, plantation labourers, weavers and others who toil each day to build and run our societies are now finding themselves completely out of options and with nowhere to go.
Our most ambitious national projects, from laying rail tracks to crafting intricate textiles, would not be possible without the strength and creativity of the millions who toil namelessly in the sun. Daily wage-earners, itinerant craftspeople and the many others who provide essential services on our streets make art, culture and everything we celebrate at Sarmaya possible. At this time, let’s be mindful of the ways in which we can support those less privileged than us—those who in fact have made our privilege possible. While our state and central governments are working to reach out to migrant labour populations, let’s strengthen other collective movements already in motion to help the most marginalised communities.
We would like to draw your attention to the following organizations and initiatives attempting to help these communities. We will be adding to this list as the days go on, so do check back in.
While we have tried our best to provide authentic sources here, please do your own research before you donate. Sarmaya cannot be held responsible for any liability arising from these donations.