Due to COVID 19 outbreak in India, there are 400 million migrant workers who are at the risk of losing their income and are dying to go back to their homeland as they are struggling to make their ends meet. In this tough time, there are people who are going out of their way to help thousands and lakhs of people by providing the migrant’s workers and underprivileged with basic necessities. They are our Superheroes, Superheroes that India has found in the time of difficulty.
Here are the 11 Superheroes that India got during this pandemic:
1. Sonu Sood, Bollywood Actor
Sonu Sood has helped almost 20,000 migrant workers reach their homeland. Be it bus, train or flight, he has left no stone unturned to help the people in need. With the help of her restauranteur friend Neeti Goyal, Sonu Sood has managed to do this in a very organised manner. Along with this, he has also provided shelter to abandon migrant worker at his hotel in Juhu.
2. Vikas Khanna, Michelin Star Chef
Chef Vikas Khanna is among the most popular chefs in India and America. Along with hosting Worlds largest Eid feast feeding 2,00,000 people, he also organized Worlds largest food drive feeding 2 million people from across various categories such as transgender, disabled people, sex workers, abandoned parents. This was hosted around NCR.
3. 99-Year-Old Phuphi, Mumbai
This 99-year-old phupi from Mumbai is going viral for preparing food packets for migrant workers. The video was posted by Zaid F Ibrahim on Twitter, people were amazed by the efforts of 99-year-old phuphi and in no time video reached millions of people.
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5. Muzibullah, Coolie At Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
80 year old Coolie - Muzibullah has been working at Charbagh station in Lucknow. He runs to help every migrant worker arriving at the station in Shramik special train with their luggage and charges no fees. He works 8-10 hours a day to help the passengers. With not much money to spend, he has no regrets whatsoever to provide free service to the migrant workers.
Also read: This 80-Yr Old Coolie At Lucknow Railway Station Helps Migrants EVERYDAY For Free
6. Akshay Kothawale, Autorickshaw Driver
This Auto rickshaw driver from Pune was supposed to get married on May 25, 2020, he had to postpone his wedding due to COVID 19 outbreak, he saw a lot of people suffering on the streets of Pune, that’s when he decided to help the people. He used his wedding fund of ₹2 lakhs to feed migrant workers, he is feeding nearly 400 workers a day. He has also received a donation of ₹6 Lakhs from the people in and around his area for the cause and he is using the money to reach out to more people.
7. Baba Karnail Singh, Dhaba Owner
The Sikh community has always contributed towards the society in the time of crisis, 81-year-old Baba Karnail Singh Khera is one such member of this community who has been feeding lakhs of migrant workers. Babaji owns a Dhaba on Maharashtra highway and has fed 2 lakh migrant workers, many of them have been taking parcels from here.
Also Read: 81-Yr-Old Sikh Feeds 2 Mn People On Maharashtra Highway
8. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Delhi
While we are talking about the Sikh community, how can we not mention Delhi’s popular Bangla Sahib Gurudwara? Devotees working at this Gurudwara feed 75000 people on a daily basis. They start their day around 4 in the morning, where they cook the meal. The Gurudwara is not just helping people with the meal but also provide shelter to many of the migrant workers.
9. Alok Rathore, Rotisabzi4raahi
Alok, an Indian residing in the USA, was visiting India for the yearly holiday. Due to COVID 19, Alok had to stay back and that’s when he witnessed the miserable conditions of lakhs of migrant workers suffering on the streets of Mumbai. He decided to help these people through his initiative Rotisabzi4raahi, 1000 families in Mumbai are getting food to eat under this initiative. With the help of ration provided by Alok once, the family is surviving for 3 -4 weeks. The ration kit provided by them weight 22 kgs and comprises of 10kg rice, 5kg atta, 3kg dal, 2kg sugar, 1 litre oil and 1kg salt. He has also distributed 2400 bottles of water, 2200 packets of biscuits so far and 1100 packs of sanitary napkins.
You can contribute to this cause- https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-alok-rathore
Khaanachaahiye.com is one such initiative, which has taken it up as their mission to feed migrant workers and underprivileged. They started around 29th March 2020, where they helped 1200 people and now they have helped more than 36 Lakhs people. They have also been providing food and water bottles to passengers travelling through Shramik trains while they adhere to social distancing guidelines.
11. Navdeep Singh, Two Meals Extra
Two Meals Extra is an extraordinary initiative led by Navdeep Singh, where all they ask in the form of help is to for you cook 2 meals extra a day, which they will collect from your doorstep and distribute to the needy. The responsibility of packaging and logistics is taken care of by the Navdeep and his team. Navdeep has been under depression for years and he empathises with the stress of these migrant workers and hence he decided to come up with Two meals extra. They are currently operating in Pune, Delhi, Aurangabad, Nashik and Jamshedpur.
These are the superheroes that we need, these are the people we need to endorse. Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more such inspiring stories.