“This world is made up of two kinds of people — the ones who talk about problems and the others who address them. Very early in life, I made a conscious decision to be a part of the solution,” says Sachi Singh, the founder of Ehsaas, an NGO based in Lucknow.
By ‘early in life’, she means eighth grade, when she saw a poor boy her age bawling because he didn’t want to go to work. That left a deep impression. She grew up to branch away from her family of doctors and lawyers to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a master’s in Social Work. Sachi began her field work teaching children who live in railway stations, mostly orphans and runaways, who are forced into child labour and fall prey to substance abuse.
In 2017, Ehsaas had started a food bank which provides meals to vulnerable and marginalised families with the help of a ground team reporting the whereabouts of necessity. Given the logistics were already in place for over two years, when the lockdown started, Ehsaas could scale up operations without losing any time. The food bank has already provided for 15,000 people.
“This experience is very humbling. I see a lot of positivity around me with people coming forward to share, give and help,” says Sachi.
The services will continue even after the lockdown is lifted as people need time to bounce back.