New Delhi, April 17, 2020: Wishes and Blessings, a Delhi-based NGO, started executing COVID relief as soon as the lockdown was announced. The organisation scaled operations and moved from feeding 600 underprivileged and homeless people to over 9,000 people in need across Delhi/NCR. As the ground situation worsened, the NGO received many calls for help and distributed aid wherever possible.
In the last two weeks, Wishes and Blessings expanded its relief project and is now supporting beneficiaries across Six States – Assam, Delhi, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. Cooked food is served twice a day to over 15,000 homeless and daily wagers, and nutritional kits are provided to over 3,200 at-risk families.
Commenting on this escalation of relief efforts, Dr Geetanjali Chopra, Founder and President state, “Many NGOs are working to come to the aid of the urban poor, however, tribal families and residents of lesser accessible areas have been equally hit. We are doing our best to extend a helping hand to aid whomever we can in whatever capacity possible.” The NGO has tied up with local organisations to ensure that relief is provided to those with an actual need while maintaining strict adherence to social distancing norms. As of date, the organisation is feeding over 35,000 at-risk individuals, and hopes to continue the support not just until the lockdown is called off, but until beneficiaries are assured of their security.