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Brothers Who Came Back Home From The UK Turn Into Corona Warriors, Provide Food And Ration To People In Need In Chennai

Meet 21-year-old Abdul Salam and 19-year-old Sultan Abbas, a brother duo from Chennai who are serving food and ration kits to people in need during Coronavirus lockdown

Brothers Who Came Back Home From The UK Turn Into Corona Warriors, Provide Food And Ration To People In Need In Chennai
Highlights
  • These brothers from Chennai had returned from Belfast before lockdown
  • Through crowdfunding, the duo raised Rs. 6 lakh to help people during COVID
  • Money was used in providing dry ration to people during COVID-19 lockdown

New Delhi: “During one of our food distribution drives, a small boy with a tiffin box in his hand came to me and said, anna (older brother) food. That moment really touched us”, recalls 19-year-old Sultan Abbas, a resident of Chennai who has been involved in relief feeding during Coronavirus lockdown. Sultan along with his older brother Mohammed Abdul Salam returned from ​Northern Ireland’s Belfast to Chennai right before the lockdown ​was imposed in India. After completing a two weeks mandatory quarantine, the duo started helping the people in need by providing food and dry ration.

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Talking about what prompted the young minds to help the people, 21-year-old Abdul Salam who is an engineering student said,

Back in Ireland, we were involved in a lot of social activities and considering the fact that we came in dire situations; when we were hitting a new reality here in Chennai, we thought we should make use of our skill-set, that we learned overseas, to put to use for our home or native population.

With the support of friends and family, the duo started to feed thousands of people. The small initiative took a big leap when people from all across the world started to support and with that, the brothers managed to raise Rs. 6 lakh. Talking about funding and how the things fell in place, Abdul Salam said,

We got donations mainly from our friends, family, and social circle who shared it. We didn’t expect such a response initially but then we started a page on GoFundMe, a crowdfunding platform and received donations from all across the world. Our university and a lot of organisations shared the initiative which gave it a big boost and helped us raise funds.

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Further shedding light on the relief feeding and how the money was used, Sultan said,

Along with feeding 1,000 people for 30 days during the lockdown we provided lockdown kits consisting of essential items like rice, pulses, and others. One kit helps a family sustain for a week. The money was used in distributing these kits among sanitation workers, auto drivers and people who had lost their livelihood.

This way the duo has reached out to 13,000 people in Chennai and plans to continue with their efforts as much as they can. After helping people in these testing times, the sibling-duo thinks that everybody should step up and give back to society because only that would lead to a better society. Signing off, Abdul Salam said,

Especially when there is a pandemic like this, it’s the right time to reflect on the privileges that we have and use those privileges to help those who are not privileged.

The brothers also believe that youngsters should not neglect their responsibility to the society instead they should make volunteering a part of their life to keep the human part alive.

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World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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