“Just as the first round of lockdown was announced, I decided to leave Chennai to Jabalpur by car. While my wife and I were housed in Chennai for our job, we had to go to our hometown before we got stuck here for good. We picked up around 15L of water and some essentials for the road and started driving our journey of 1500 km from Chennai to Jabalpur by car. But what awaited us, wasn’t something we were prepared for.
Since our travel pass was valid for only three days, we had to reach the destination as soon as possible and we did it in 26 hours. But on the way, we were appalled to see scores of migrant workers from different cities walking all the way to their hometown by foot. It was a saddening sight and we came across many kids and grown men lying on the road, waiting for help.
En route, my wife made sandwiches which we distributed as and when we could and also gave away the water bottles we carried with ourselves. But once we reached our hometown, is when the actual work began. I started a channel on Instagram to generate funds for the kits we were putting together for the migrant workers. The first kit had basic essentials like food and water and slowly we developed into a larger kit complete with footwear for walking and other significant paraphernalia.
Once we compiled the kits, we drove with them in our cars and distributed them to each and every one of the workers we could meet. Some of them greeted with such warm smiles and wished us well from the bottom of their hearts that it felt like we were doing god’s work. Each and every one of us have the ability to make a difference in this world and the action alone is reward enough for us to make the move.”
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