Hundreds of people have lost their livelihood and forced to live in poverty due to coronavirus outbreak. In such a condition, Sundarban foundation, a non-profit has been distributing essential commodities among the poor.
Coronavirus outbreak snatches livelihood
Sundarbans in West Bengal are known for their pristine beauty and dense forest that is home to several wild animals, especially royal Bengal tigers. Tourists from across the globe come to visit the mangroves of the Sundarbans that also gives employment to its inhabitants.
But the outbreak of coronavirus has snatched off livelihood from several hundred people who are depended on tourists. The region also suffers from severe poverty forcing the locals to work as labourers in different parts of the country.
In such a scenario, residents living in the remote areas of Sundarbans fear of facing severe starvation rather than coronavirus.
Sundarban Foundations distributes essential commodities in remotes areas
At this hour of crisis, Sundarban foundation, a non-profit has come forward to provide free ration, soaps and hand sanitizers to poor people living in 25 village of Gosaba block, one of the remotest regions of the district, “Our team of around 23 volunteers are cycling from one village to other distributing essential commodities to those who cannot afford them. People are suffering from severe poverty and hardship at this moment,” said Prasenjit Mandal, the founder of Sundarban foundation.
Over 300 people benefitted
Prasenjit said, around 300 people have been handed over with essential commodities in the past one week. The aim is to reach one-thousand beneficiaries by mid April. Prasenjit made it clear that he had spent around Rs 70,000 from his savings for the charity and has not taken anything from the donors so far.
He further said the beneficiaries also include the fishermen and boatmen in Sunderbans, “We have also submitted the list of locals who had gone to other state for work but stuck there due to the lockdown. We have urged the administration to ensure that they get food and shelter in other states.”
About Sundarban Foundation
A non-profit established four years ago. It works on women empowerment with an aim to provide livelihood to hundreds of women in Sundarbans, especially tiger widows, to reduce their dependence on forest inhabited by tigers.
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