By Madhav Kanchiraju on Apr 16, 2020 12:03:31 AM
The COVID-19 lockdown has been hard on us all, but the migrant workers and daily wagers are among the worst hit. Stranded far from their village homes, without their daily income, they are exposed to hunger and destitution. The situation of the health workers fighting the virus on the frontline is fraught with challenges too.
Trigent’s CSR initiative, “Everyone Cooperating to Help Others” (ECHO), has contributed its bit to the ongoing effort in fighting COVID-19 by offering support to those in Bengaluru. Trigent volunteers collected contributions from Trigentians to fund the supply of food provisions to these workers displaced from their livelihood. Braving the odds amid the pandemic outbreak, these COVID-19 heroes took it upon themselves to alleviate the distress of the workers.
Initially, the team distributed 300 food packets across regions of Bengaluru. But upon seeing that many more people were still in need of assistance, ECHO made a renewed call for further contributions. Trigentians responded generously to the call and made donations that funded 400 additional food packets. ECHO distributed a total of 700 food packets across areas like Banashankari, Jayanagar, Chamarajpet, and Hongesandra. The assistance was extended to frontline health workers too. The total assistance translated to 2.1 tonnes of grains, food, and provisions that can help serve at least 7,000 meals.
In 2019, ECHO led an initiative to empower the girls at the Govt. Model Higher Primary Girls' School, Davangere, Holalu. Earlier in 2015, the team had lent a helping hand to the people affected by floods in Cuddalore.
Commenting on the occasion, Ravi Kiran Kasi, on behalf of ECHO, said, “The effort was laden with challenges from the start. Even as stocks were rapidly running out, the retail outlets were uncertain of the replenishment lead time. However, we adapted to the fluid-situation and ground realities. We used our personal vehicles for transport as commercial transport vehicles were unavailable. We were able to get support from the local police department, Bengaluru corporator and other volunteers to find the most impacted people. Despite many logistics issues, we felt greatly rewarded seeing the thankful faces of the workers.”
The world is facing an unprecedented crisis and it’s our collective duty to extend all possible support to the global response to COVID-19. Trigent employee volunteer organization, ECHO, is humbled to contribute its bit to this fight against COVID-19.