Mumbai: Rashmi Balwani of her NGo Annapurna Movement, named after Goddess of Food, speaks to Hello Mumbai News Team on her initiatives towards poor and needy amid lockdown
Mumbai: Amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown, many people particularly the poor and the migrant labourers were pushed to poverty with no job and funds. Many socio-cultural organisations and Ngos and individuals stepped out to help them.
Speaking to Hello Mumbai News Team, Rashmi made it known that they distributed special meals for children like pizza, garlic bread, milk, chocolates, yogurt and shakes.
Notably, Annapurna Movement was started on April 1st, 2020 amid the lockdown and merely floated by Ms.Rashmi Balwani to distribute food in needy areas.
According to Ms.Balwani the very thought of starting this movement struck her while watching a news. She visualised how critical the situation was and how people were reduced to poverty and facing food shortage. Initially, Ms.Balwani floated this movement in the slum areas where she had worked earlier with the help of few friends, trusted grocers and few volunteers.
Ms.Balwani further claimed that she wasn’t sure shared that if this movement will last and will reach a large area. But, much to her surprise, this movement gained good support and today they has distributed food worth Rs. 2 crore.
In the beginning this team only had a few people but today many others have joined this movement.
This has been possible due the transparency of their work. The donated amount is directly transferred to the account of grocer/ distributer and the amount transferred is informed to Ms.Balwani which helps in maintaining the account. Their movement shows great team work. Ms.Balwani also shared her plan to register the Annapurna Movement officially.
News Edit by K.V.Raman
News Report by Tanushri Jajodia