- The first case of coronavirus came to India on January 30
- By March 25, India was lockdown completely
- In this period, many have come forward to help other people
New Delhi: We are living in the times of coronavirus – a global emergency that has put an abrupt stop to everyone’s daily life. In these gloomy times, when many of us are confined in the comfortS of our homes amid the nation-wide lockdown to stay safe, there are many out there who have decided to step out of their comfort zone and do their bit for those who are not as fortunate. Here’s the story of five such warriors who have decided to go an extra mile at a time of an ongoing pandemic.
A 23-Year-Old Sarpanch From Hyderabad Who Decided To Stand Outside Her Village To Prevent People From Escaping The lockdown
Meet Akhila Yadav, a BSc graduate and sarpanch from Madanapuram village in Nalgonda district of Hyderabad. When PM Modi announced the first lockdown in India for 21-days on March 24, Akhila decided to join PM Modi’s initiative. She from the very next day started to stand guard outside her village with a stick in her hand, to stop people from entering her village without A valid reason and preventing people from her village to defy the lockdown. She would stand from morning to afternoon then take a break and again stand till the evening.
Apart from this, the sarpanch has also been going door-to-door to educate her villagers about COVID-19 symptoms and why at this crucial juncture following the necessary guidelines such as lockdown and maintaining personal hygiene is necessary.
Her work was applauded by the Prime Minister himself on his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.
Meet Akhila, 23 years, Sarpanch of Madanapuram village in Nalgonda district. For first few days of #Lockdown21,she stood outside her village holding a stick to stop people from entering it without a valid reason.https://t.co/p2ZSnE6Mgo#IndiaFightsCorona @timesofindia pic.twitter.com/QjmayVIj51
— Mann Ki Baat Updates मन की बात अपडेट्स (@mannkibaat) March 31, 2020
Differently-Abled Homeless Women Make Masks For Chennai Sanitary Workers
At the Chennai Corporation shelter in Nungambakkam, homeless physically-challenged women decided to do their bit at this time of coronavirus outbreak. They worked day and night to stitch together face masks using reusable fabrics so that poor sanitary workers of Chennai Corporation could protect themselves from the deadly infection. Speaking to NDTV, one of the women said,
The government has given this shelter to us..During this time of pandemic, we decided to do something for the government and started making face masks for the sanitary workers of Chennai. In one day, we make about 200-300 face masks, we are following all the necessary guidelines like social distancing, maintaining good personal hygiene and sanitise our hands every now and then.
Dr Aishwarya Rao, Director of the shelter talking about the initiative and what message this deed is sending to the world said,
Everybody is talking about the frontline workers like doctors and other healthcare staff. We are not at the frontline but we are also doing our bit in this time of crisis. These shelter home women are supporting the non-frontline workers by making these protection gears so that they can also protect themselves from the highly contagious infection.
Rajasthan Couple, A Constable And A Compounder Report To Work In The Frontline Daily Leaving Their Seven-Year-Old Daughter Behind At Home
Meet Saroj Kumar, she is a Constable at Rajasthan Police, while her husband works as a compounder at a hospital in the state. At a time when a pandemic is causing havoc to normal life, both these frontline workers have decided to go to work on a daily basis and perform their duty. Back home is their seven-year-old daughter, who the couple leave behind every day at home, amid the nation-wide crisis.
While this may sound like a draconian measure to leave the child behind alone, the doting mother does it only to ensure that her young one stays safe and both of them can be available on their respective duties on a regular basis. The lady constable takes pride in performing her duty and is also a concerned mother but she firmly believes that the country always comes first. She says,
As a mother, I do feel scared leaving my child at home. But I have to control my emotions and do my job. I always believe in the motto that the country always comes first before anything else.
74-year-old Man From Reasi, Jammu & Kashmir, Made 6,000 Masks Using His Pension Money To Distribute Among The Less Fortunate People
Meet Yog Raj Mengi, a 74-year-old pensioner. He decided to buy a sewing machine and some fabric and started making face masks for less fortunate people so that even they can safeguard themselves in this time of crisis. He has distributed over 6,000 masks till now, all using his pension money. Taking a step further, now the man has decided to distribute free ration in his area.
His work also got him a thumbs up from PM Modi, sharing his story on his social media handle, PM Modi said, “Proud of citizens like him! They are adding so much might in the battle against COVID-19.”
Proud of citizens like him! They are adding so much might in the battle against COVID-19. https://t.co/nPCAsn9mUQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 16, 2020
This Hyderabad Couple Is Helping Migrants By Giving Them Free Meals
A software engineer couple in Hyderabad could have stayed home like most. But seeing the plight of migrant labourers on the road of Hyderabad, they decided to help them out. At first, they started cooking meals at home for these workers. But soon realiseD they can only feed a few people. So, they stepped outside and decided to ask their neighbourhood restaurant to open their kitchen for them and help them start feeding the migrants. Today, they are making meals in the restaurant kitchen with the help of a few friends in the neighbourhood and are able to feed more than 2,000 migrants daily.
They have been sourcing material for these meals from their own savings.