When the lockdown started on 21st March a group of individuals got together to support and help multiple organisations in helping those in need.
This group of like minded individuals decided to formalise and take this forward seriously and formed a TEAM to ASSIST, SUPPORT and impart KNOWLEDGE towards rebuilding lives
Since the start of the lockdown, our team on ground has researched, verified, and personally distributed food materials and offered other charity services to various areas across Sonarpur, Mograhat, Anandpur, Lake Gardens and Park Circus across Kolkata
On behalf and with support from social service organization and donors the members of T.A.S.K. took on the responsibility in times when the world was under lockdown to travel and distribute cooked food in some places and food provisions in others.
While the lockdown was in place there were many people who rose to the opportunity to help individuals in need.
Reaching medicines to elderly people living alone in Kolkata , provisions to those in need, feeding animals under a project called Wagamuffins Foundation, T.A.S.K. team members were on the roads every day of the lockdown reaching unavailable medicines, provisions, groceries, household requirements , basically anything which anyone needed to survive the lockdown period and were unavailable to get it done , Team TASK was on the job to help them out under the umbrella of many social service organizations
The aftermath of Amphan left the kolkata and surrounding areas destroyed. While kolkata started getting immediate support from social service organizations we started getting desperate calls of support from outskirts , especially from a few villages in HIngalganj.
Despite no network, limited mobility and lack of manpower support we made a plan on a friday night and set of on Sunday Morning .
Sundarbans was always in a perilous conditions and Amphan ensured entire villages lay inundated under salt water rendering their farm lands and pond water unfit for any use. We have taken up the social services aspect of the Sundarbans project as a long term vision to ensure another occurrence of a cyclone does not lead to such destruction.
While kolkata has revived to a certain extent , the after effects of the extended lockdown and theron the loss of job opportunities in the city will ensure that people from villages who have lost their farmlands, their homes and ponds to the salt water intrusion will be left with nothing. We have taken up the job of 4 villages where we will be imparting knowledge and the execution of the same for cyclone resistant homes, salt water drainage plans for future cyclones, farming techniques amongst other programs to ensure in the case of such a cyclone the villagers are not left at the charity of social service organizations only to support them. Imparting knowledge to rebuild their own lives will be the most important mission of TASK in sundarbans
The after effects of amphan are still being felt and will continue to do so for a few months. While NDRF, army , local organisations descended on to the city the fragile Sundarbans was completely under water. Embankments broken, roofs blown , houses under water, fields and ponds filled with salt water, Sundarbans was hit hard and needed help. On receiving the first call for help from old contact at Madhabkati in Hingalganj area , we started planning on the 22nd, raised whatever funds we could and on the basis of pledges and promises set off with 400 packets without a list, verification of any sort, only intent on the mission of helping these poor people who have always been at the receiving end of nature's fury. Villages covered : Madhabkati, Sardarpara & Malekan Ghumti
While we were at Malekan Ghumti we got a desperate call for help from a village around an hour away, We couldn't make it that day but planned a visit a few days later. Even while we were entering the village we were shocked at the sites of entire villages being under water and roads completely damaged. A ground report on the condition of Rupamari on the 2nd of June 2020
We first heard about Kultali through one of the organisations who had seen this school teachers interview on a news channel. She was cooking and feeding all the families who had been hit hard by Amphan everyday at her school. After speaking to Prabhati we decided to do a recon trip to ascertain the needs and the actual requirements before coming with relief. What we saw shocked us. All electric poles brought down by the winds, river embankments broken in its entirety, farm lands overrun by salt water, homes destroyed.
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