Banshankari is about 90 minutes from the TU office in Bangalore, and quite a posh area. But there is a dark underbelly next to a nullah where the more unfortunate ones live, often with their homes flooded. We first went to meet Sathya and assess her genuineness and that of those whom she claimed she was supporting. Having confirmed that, and after taking quotes from several shops, we visited the nearby kirana store, discussed the quality and price, and ordered the dry rations for 22 families. Finally we attended to the distribution to those in her area. Sathya was comparitively well off and needed nothing for herself. Her family and some neighbouring kids helped us to distribute to those who were part of a list she had already made.
We also used the opportunity to visit some shanties nearby who were not on her list and checked out their needs as well for distribution on some future date.
This particular project is over on October 26, 2020 : Funding Paid Out: Rs. 12,875/-
[Sathya is a Tamil-origin lady who’s husband has a night shift job which earns them enough for their living. Yet she is concerned about her neighbours, many of whom are living well below poverty line. Living in a low lying area, when it rains their houses are inundated with water. Sathya is now our scout in the poorer areas of Banshankari in Bengaluru ]
We found Sathya’s house with difficulty, walking by the side of a stinking nallah blocked with filth and debris, in Kakathi Nagar in Bengaluru. Sathya immediately made it clear she did not want any help - she was the focal point for many of the women in their area, most of whom were housemaids who had lost their incomes after COVID. She showed us list of 25 families who she had helped in the past with dry rations, supported by other NGO’s. She took us on a tour of some of the houses - and we met some of the women as well. Their husbands unable to earn regularly, these ladies are desperate to bring home some food. TU would like to issue dry rations to 25 families, worth about Rs 500/- each.
[Above: Photo of some of the homes near Sathya’s house]
[Required: Dry Rations for 25 families @Rs 500/- per packet each]
Donation Required: Rs 12,500/-