After the devastating rains in Chennai, many people across the country are contributing in their own ways for the ongoing relief operation in the city. They are donating money, carrying relief material, providing medical assistance, and more. With a similar wish to provide help for the restoration of normal life in Chennai, sex workers living in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra have contributed in a heart-warming manner.
About 2,000 sex workers in the district decided to collect their savings so they could donate for relief work in the city.
Other than their existing savings, they also survived on just one meal a day to increase the sum and finally collected Rs. 1 lakh. On December 7, they handed over the cheque to the District Collector, Anil Kawade, at an event organized by NGO Snehalaya.
“These women were restless when they came to know of the deluge in Chennai. They decided that they should do something to help residents there… We are in touch with Delhi-based NGO Goonj for ensuring further relief to the people of Chennai,” said Girish Kulkarni, founder of Snehalaya.
Relief work is going on in full-force in the city. The deputy inspector general of National Disaster Response Force, S.S. Guleria, said on Monday that 1,800 NDRF personnel are on the ground distributing food, water and clothes in the flood affected regions of Tamil Nadu. They are also providing medical assistance.
Sex workers from Ahmednagar have contributed to help people in crisis in the past too. They had donated money after the Gujarat earthquake and the Indian Ocean tsunami.