It is late within the evening however Sai Teja’s home in Hyderabad, is buzzing with exercise. The 29-year-old techie and his mates, all of their 30s, his mom, grandmother, younger niece, are all busy unpacking giant packing containers of medicines and different provides, to reorganise and repack into smaller kits to be distributed in distant tribal areas of Telangana.
These are Covid medicines, sanitary masks, PPE kits, sanitisers and different such gadgets, paid for by donors, that will be distributed in areas the place such assets are both inaccessible or past the technique of the folks.
With 500 such medical isolation kits prepared, Sai Teja and his good friend Rakesh load them on to a automobile the following morning and journey together with the consignment, to the tribal belt of Eturunagaram, a five-hour drive from Hyderabad. They are working professionals, so the techie-do gooders compensate for work through the automotive journey, within the period of Work From Anywhere.
It has been an eventful and significant 15 months for the 10 techies from Hyderabad who acquired collectively after the lockdown in March final yr, initially to feed the hungry migrants and different needy. Those had been unprecedented instances when there was a lockdown for the primary time, and the group realised that although life modified considerably for them, when it comes to work at home and no going out, for a a lot bigger inhabitants outdoors, it introduced unprecedented misery and ache.
So they organised themselves and began bodily serving to the much less lucky. When their very own assets didn’t suffice, they related on-line, to faucet into the generosity of others who wished to assist however didn’t know the way greatest to do it.
“We had been in a position to establish misery, and unmet demand, elevate assets and act as trustees to make sure the contributions of donors attain who they’re meant for. We performed the function of facilitators who made it occur,” explains Sai Teja.
Every exercise undertaken is video recorded as proof, proof and audit of what has been finished with a donor’s contribution, to make sure there may be transparency and credibility.
When the deaths began rising, they began a Free Last Ride service, for transporting lifeless our bodies. They sponsored those that had been unable to afford the exorbitant value of paying for ambulances or performing final rites.
“We began Last Ride Service to care for the cremation of any sufferer if no close to or expensive ones can be found or can’t afford to pay. We have employed a automobile, physique carriers, driver and so forth. We mobilise funds to pay for all that or volunteer ourselves,” says Prashant, another volunteer for the Feed The Needy.
So far they have helped cremate 220 bodies, including 150 Covid patients in the first wave. Another 169 bodies were cremated by them in the second wave, which included 120 Covid cases. For another 101 dead bodies, they paid for the funerals.
The second wave has seen a sharp rise in cases in the rural and tribal belts. So this year they started reaching out to places outside Hyderabad. They take turns to travel along with the consignment to different rural destinations, where the medical kits are handed over to primary users, or to healthcare agencies working in the area, who in turn distribute it among those who need them.
Prashant says it was empowering to be able to help at a time of such overwhelming distress.
“The government alone can’t do everything. If we all contribute and help each other, the effort gets multiplied,” he explains.
Any citizen can avail the companies of Feed The Needy by calling on +91-7995404040 or +91-9490617440