Hyderabad Based NGO Aashri Society Is Leaving No Stone Unturned To Help People Amid The COVID-19 Crisis 

Hyderabad Based NGO Aashri Society Is Leaving No Stone Unturned To Help People Amid The COVID-19 Crisis 

From two meals in a day to facilitating hospital beds and medicines, here’s how Aashri Society is helping the people of Hyderabad amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Aashri Society has been working for the poor, helping them with their daily meals for the last 10 years.Aashri Society has been working for the poor, helping them with their daily meals for the last 10 years
Highlights
  • Aashri society is providing daily meals to needy and COVID-19 patients
  • NGO is also helping in arranging beds and distributing food in 8 hospitals
  • We spent Rs 24 lakh from our personal savings: President, Aashri Society

New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be not just a health crisis, but also a humanitarian crisis. Back-to-back lockdowns imposed to control the spread of the virus led to many people losing their livelihoods. Like the last year’s wave, this time too saw many COVID warriors stepping up to help those worst hit by the crisis. One such warrior is the Hyderabad-based Aashri Society, which helped COVID-19 patients in the city by providing two home-cooked meals daily.

Aashri Society has been working for the poor, helping them with their daily meals for the last 10 years. The initiative started in 2011. However, with the implementation of lockdown in the state, the NGO went a step ahead and took it upon the additional task of caring for Covid positive patients.

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Rama Kishore Reddy, the President of Aashri Society tells NDTV that with the lockdown implementation many poor people are unable to feed themselves as many depend on daily wages. He said,

We are providing home-cooked food to COVID-19 patients and the daily wages, free of cost. Currently, we are catering to 310 covid patients and we are also helping them with supply of medicines as well as groceries. Initially, we started feeding 23 COVID positive patients on April 4.

Moreover, he says, that they are also helping COVID patients by arranging hospital beds and is providing free food at eight hospitals in Hyderabad, he added.

Mr Reddy said that on daily basis, nearly about 600 cooked food packets are being distributed to the poor people alone. He mentioned that to date, more than 1 lakh cooked food packets have been distributed to the needy and the poor.

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Mr Reddy, who runs a granite business in the city, is financing these initiatives by himself, along with the help of his wife, who is an event organiser and runs a dance studio.

Due to the fear of the second wave of COVID-19, Mr Reddy says that not many volunteers turned up to help them with their initiatives, so he and his wife are themselves going door-to-door to distribute food packets.

Till date, we have spent around Rs. 24 lakh in helping the poor most of which is from our savings.

He mentioned that they do not ask for donations and if at all any person come forward to help them with donations, then the service would be done under the name of that donor.

Mr Reddy further said that a few individuals, after knowing about the works of Aashri Society, have come forward to help them with donations and urges those who can, to come forward and help the needy during these tough times.

This is the best time for anyone to come forward and go the poor and needy as most of them are suffering, he added.

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Last year during the migrant crisis due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the NGO also helped migrants from Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to go back to thier homes and helped them with dry ration and groceries.

Mr Reddy said that, apart from serving food to the poor, the society also runs an orphanage since 2011, where orphan and semi orphan children are provided food and education. They are also actively adopting kids in their orphanage, who are losing their parents due to COVID-19.The NGO also provides electric wheelchairs to muscular dystrophy victims through companies.

Prapurna Kishor, the founder of Aashri Society and Mr Reddy’s father, wants to do as much as they can to better life of people.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

World

19,89,21,889Cases
6,44,02,340Active
13,02,83,678Recovered
42,35,871Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,89,21,889 and 42,35,871 have died; 6,44,02,340 are active cases and 13,02,83,678 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,17,26,507 30,549Cases
4,04,9588,760Active
3,08,96,354 38,887Recovered
4,25,195 422Deaths
In India, there are 3,17,26,507 confirmed cases including 4,25,195 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,04,958 and 3,08,96,354 have recovered as on August 3, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,15,063 4,869

78,700 3,650

61,03,325 8,429

1,33,038 90

Kerala

34,25,473 13,984

1,65,834 2,057

32,42,684 15,923

16,955 118

Karnataka

29,08,284 1,285

24,045 123

28,47,627 1,383

36,612 25

Tamil Nadu

25,63,544 1,957

20,385 139

25,09,029 2,068

34,130 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,70,008 1,546

20,582 437

19,36,016 1,968

13,410 15

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,500 24

646 18

16,85,091 42

22,763

West Bengal

15,29,295 575

10,803 171

15,00,331 734

18,161 12

Delhi

14,36,401 51

538 44

14,10,809 95

25,054

Chhattisgarh

10,02,458 236

1,918 1

9,87,012 234

13,528 3

Odisha

9,79,737 1,032

13,318 820

9,60,386 1,785

6,033 67

Rajasthan

9,53,704 16

241 9

9,44,509 25

8,954

Gujarat

8,24,922 22

251 3

8,14,595 25

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,862 17

132 7

7,81,217 10

10,513

Haryana

7,69,956 14

703 12

7,59,614 25

9,639 1

Bihar

7,24,917 37

401 34

7,14,872 71

9,644

Telangana

6,45,997 591

8,819 54

6,33,371 643

3,807 2

Punjab

5,99,162 32

473 31

5,82,395 63

16,294

Assam

5,68,257 1,275

12,429 213

5,50,534 1,469

5,294 19

Jharkhand

3,47,223 23

239 15

3,41,855 38

5,129

Uttarakhand

3,42,198 37

574 35

3,34,261 71

7,363 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,725 118

1,254 43

3,16,090 73

4,381 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,369 208

1,304 75

2,01,543 132

3,522 1

Goa

1,71,295 90

1,027 16

1,67,118 72

3,150 2

Puducherry

1,21,059 54

944 38

1,18,320 92

1,795

Manipur

99,872 541

9,814 591

88,480 1,120

1,578 12

Tripura

79,026 304

3,104 12

75,167 292

755

Meghalaya

65,939 350

5,843 200

58,987 537

1,109 13

Chandigarh

61,960 6

33 3

61,116 3

811

Arunachal Pradesh

48,565 305

3,508 167

44,823 469

234 3

Mizoram

40,111 748

12,316 127

27,642 618

153 3

Nagaland

28,004 59

1,300 44

26,130 99

574 4

Sikkim

26,880 126

3,323 131

23,211 256

346 1

Ladakh

20,345 5

57 0

20,081 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650

15 9

10,631 9

4

Lakshadweep

10,207 12

79 4

10,078 8

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,539

6 1

7,404 1

129

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