Mumbai: For daily wage workers out of work due to the lockdown in the city, buying toiletries as a precaution against Coronavirus is a luxury. Starting Saturday, a trust has distributed free soaps, hand wash and masks to over a 1000 people in the city.
Pehchaan Live Foundation of whose Pehchaan Street School is an initiative has volunteers who provide free elementary education to children living in slums and from homeless families at a makeshift street school under a flyover in Ghansoli. The NGO also has centres in Bihar and Delhi.
“One of our volunteers works with a pharmacy company called Charak Pharma which has provided us these toiletries free of cost as part of their CSR initiative,” said Afsana Parveen, Founder President of the organization.
“In this situation, for the poor the priority is putting food on the table. Buying these items is tough. They think that instead of spending Rs. 50 on a hand wash, they can buy rice,” says Parveen. “It is important for them to keep safe because if the virus enters such crowded settlements where they live, things can get out of control,” she said.
The foundation is also conducting awareness drives in such areas about the importance of hygiene in these times and the correct way to wash hands. People are taking their advice seriously, Parveen says, as whether rich or poor, everyone is scared.
The foundation has distributed toiletries to auto drivers and security guards at housing societies. From Ghansoli, toiletries have gone till Panvel - such as in in Koparkhairane near Balaji theatre and in Vashi at the truck stand. The foundation has also sent some of the donated items they received to Malin village in Munger, Bihar too where it runs a street school. For free toiletries contact 7777099283.