During the first wave of Covid-19 Vizag Volunteers Association had initiated 2 crowdfunded projects to help the tribals in agency areas around Vizag. Grocery kit distribution at Lambasingi was planned in view of the devastating 2nd wave of covid19.
This project was planned in collaboration with Janmabhoomi Organization, a US-based NRI organization working towards providing relief in India and Gouthu Latchanna Organisation, an NGO based in Andhra Pradesh.
The project’s goal was to distribute 150 grocery kits to the needy in the agency areas of Lambasingi. The kits contained the following items: Rice10 kgs, Atta 2 kgs, Ragi flour 4 kgs, Red Gram 1 kg, Green Gram 500 gm, Barley 250 gm, Cumins 100 gm, Kabuli Channa 500 gm, Groundnuts 500 gm, Jaggery 500 gm, Chilli powder 200 gm, Salt 1 kg & Masks 20 pieces.
A team of 13 Vizag Volunteers started at 4 AM on 10th June and headed towards Lambasingi. The team was supported by Sandeep from Generation Yuva. The following villages were covered during the distribution: Thota Mamidi, Agraharam, Rakota, Rakota avthala veedhi, Boosubandha, Asrada.
The team first visited Thota Mamidi and distributed 23 grocery kits and then travelled to Agraharam where only a few families lived and distributed 11 grocery kits and we went to Rakota where we distributed 31 grocery kits and then went to Rakota avthala veedhi where they had some positive cases so we made sure we didn't come in contact and distributed 24 grocery kits then we had to travel through some rough patches and reached Boosubandha where vehicles couldn’t enter so people came and carried 34 grocery kits and finally went Asrada and distributed 27 grocery kits.
The volunteers had an opportunity to provide service to the tribals by donating the grocery kits and also had the opportunity to understand what other needs of the tribal community can be fulfilled by Vizag Volunteers in the future.
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