Help Sunil Iyer feed the hungry souls amidst COVID-19
Kolkata, the only metropolis in eastern India, which has earned the sobriquet of the ‘City of Joy’ due to the portrayal of its slums and the benefactors who brought some semblance of vanity to the people living there (albeit in a Hollywood movie), has not changed much.
The city attracts migrants from all over eastern and north-eastern India who come here encouraged by its all-encompassing embrace to try their luck at eluding poverty; few succeed, while most don’t. The latter end up on the fringes of our housing complexes in unorganized shanties.
However, we have to take into account the fact that all these people have some skills; the women work as housemaids, the men work as taxi and cycle rickshaw drivers, hand-drawn rickshaw pullers, plumbers, or daily-wage laborers in the informal sector where neither human rights or jobs are protected.
My area of intervention in the slums of Jodhpur Park (behind my apartment) represents a microcosm of similar and widespread hotspots of urban poverty throughout Kolkata and its twin-city Howrah.
As someone who has observed India, her people, and their problems for over two decades as a photojournalist and author, this is my personal attempt to make a positive difference in the lives of people in the neighborhood where I reside and whose services I cannot do without. These vulnerable communities are completely dependent on our collective philanthropy for support.
What do you get by contributing to this cause: Good karma and the promise of positive change along with video graphic evidence that the funds made a difference in someone’s life.
Changemakers among you who make substantial donations (above INR 5000) will get a signed copy of my next book the ‘Peddler of Stories’, coverage on our YouTube Channel and blog, and a special invitation to join us for the book release.