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Ahshalayam New Delhi Sustains Migrants Over 40 Continuous Days


By Father Babu Varghese
Don Bosco Ashalayam New Delhi responds to the immediate needs of migrants on a daily basis for 40 days.
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New Delhi, May. 8. Don Bosco Ashalayam, New Delhi has been responding to the immediate needs of the migrant workers and families during the past 40 days at a stretch from 31 March 2020. This centre for street children has reached out to over 350 to 500 individuals daily with emergency assistance, meals, milk, fruits, masks and sanitizers.
Millions of migrant workers are leaving Delhi and trekking back to their homes in villages during the COVID-19 lockdown.  The backbone of the country's capital city, these have contributed immensely to the city's economy. Building houses, selling vegetables and fruits, making and repairing automobiles, cooking food, serving in hotels and eateries, delivering takeaways, working in salons, delivering newspapers, and driving vehicles, these are people who had  in the past moved away from their villages to escape poverty and migrated to Delhi. A vast majority of these live in small houses, in congested areas and aspire for upward mobility. The lockdown has turned them into refugees overnight. Their workplaces are shut, and most employees or contractors who paid them have vanished.

Don Bosco Ashalayam, New Delhi has been responding to the immediate needs of these vulnerable workers and families during the past 40 days  with Father Swanoop Chaudhury, Director Ashalayam,Father Bhushan Paul, Father Bimal Kerketta and Bro Anup Ranjan daring to continue the humanitarian effort of providing relief to the vulnerable in Delhi.

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