We are the World Blogfest (#WATWB) focuses on positive stories no matter where they’re found. It is all about spreading peace and humanity on social media.
My last post was about the Covid virus, and since this pandemic is a matter of concern for all of us, irrespective of where we live, I dedicate this edition to what we can do to help the most vulnerable sections of the populace affected by it. In India, where this virus is being fought but is growing apace despite a 21-day lockdown, the most vulnerable people are leaving big cities with their familes on foot, hitching rides when they can.
1. To help them, heroes are coming together to gather support, and I share this article in the spirit of We are the World Blogfest, In darkness, be the light:
“The worst-affected are daily wage earners like domestic help, security guards, rickshaw drivers, handcart pullers, and waste pickers.
With their work and mode of income disrupted, the coming weeks look bleak for them, as their families run out of supplies.
In these testing times, a few heroes have stepped up to extend a helping hand. Here are six initiatives in four cities, ensuring that the needy do not go to bed hungry.”
3. I’ve been also writing a bit about life in lockdown in India:
“Compassion, not judgement, I remind myself. Most of the panic shoppers or partygoers or determined selfie-takers are reacting from a place of fear.
In some ways, my frail eighty-year-old father clinging to a flowerpot in the face of a crisis is all of us.”
4. Today I came across this piece of news–a call by the administration for 50 doctors to combat the Covid 19 virus in Mumbai have had 250 private doctor volunteers withing one hour.
5. And here’s a city-wise list of helpline numbers for senior citizens in India stuck without essentials during the lockdown.
What about you? What uplifting stories of humanity in action for Covid 19 have you witnessed or read of, lately? How has covid affected your life?
Would you like to post details of how people can donate in various parts of the world to help those who need it the most?
This post was the latest installment of the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join, if you haven’t as yet, to post the last Friday of each month a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity.
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