Food packs for daily wage earners during COVID-19  lockdown

Background

Location: Dhaka, Chittagong, Bandarban, Savar, Boghura

 

Start date: March 25

 

Status: Ongoing

 

Partners: CGS, BEACON

Donors: 50+

Outcome

Raised over BDT 9'40'000

Reached more than 4500 beneficiaries

Distributed over 34 tonnes of food

In 5 different locations

through more than 25 volunteers

For this project, we have partnered with the Chittagong Grammar School (CGS) and Bangladesh Emergency Action Against COVID-19 (BEACON) to provide monthly food packs for 1100 families in the following locations: 


 

Tribal farmers living in Lama, Bandarban. Given the remote location of these villages, no food aid has reached these farmers since the beginning of the lockdown in March. Rise Up is partnering with BEACON who have mobilized a team of volunteers to make a list of 200 families, from the Bohmong tribe, most affected by the lockdown.  

During this time of crisis, daily wage earners, such as rickshaw-pullers and labourers, are the hardest hit as the closure of schools and businesses have led to lower demand for their services. For these workers—who survive hand to mouth daily—the consequences of quarantines and lockdowns, are dire without robust government provision of food and supplementary income. Many great initiatives are being taken and youth groups are mobilizing to assist at their best the most affected segments of the population during this crisis. By raising funds, Rise Up is also aiming to provide basic nutritional assistance for underprivileged families that are dependant on a daily income and incapable of earning sufficiently to provide for their families. 

With your donation, we will make monthly food packs and distribute them ourselves. We are doing our best to source the items at the lowest prices but due to the situation, the prices may vary based availability and on the city. Each pack will cost approximately 1200BDT and contain the following for a family of 3 for one month: Rice 15kg, Daal 2kg, Potato 2kg, Liquid Soap 1 bottle, Oil 1kg, Salt 1/2kg, Bag.

Garments factory workers in Savar. BEACON is working under the guidance of a labor rights activist and has identified 150 families among Garments workers facing uncertainty due to the ongoing lockdown which has now exceeded 50 days

Community School Children in Dhaka and Chittagong. Rise up in partnership with the Chittagong Grammar School has already identified over 1000 registered families through the community school program of CGS that offers free education to the most underprivileged children of the community. We are targeting 750 families to donate to.

Daily wage earners near Dhaka. For our first round of distributions we targeted a 150 families of rickshaw pullers living in Hemayetpur, Mirpur, Gabtoli. BEACON led the distribution with their volunteers on the ground.

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