Monisha Barman, Darshana Borah, and Dimpu Gogoi begin each day by cooking meals for about 25-30 people. By 10 a.m., the team hopes to have lunch prepared for COVID-19 patients in home isolation. With the number of patients confined to their homes rising quickly in Guwahati, these Hahaijyo volunteers are compassionately assisting those in need.
Hahaijyo, which translates as assistance, is an endeavour by this organisation to assist people still battling COVID-19.
Dimpu, an online instructor, Darshana, an environment field officer with Power Corporation of India, and Monisha, a content writer, are collaborating with Assam-based NGO Amri Helping Hands Society and food delivery service Fatafat to provide healthy home-cooked meals throughout a large radius of Guwahati.
While the NGO assists with fundraising and securing necessary permits to operate during curfew hours, Fatafat rides across the city, up to 15 kilometres.
“Our NGO is assisting Hahaijyo with legal procedures, such as obtaining necessary approvals and car permits. Amri Helping Hands Society is also assisting with the campaign’s distribution and fundraising efforts. We maintain a sizable database of volunteers and activists. We are spreading the word about Hahaijyo and receiving donations in cash and kind,” said Deepjyoti Kunwor, CEO of Amri Helping Society.
Monisha Barman, speaking to EastMojo about what inspired the members to do this, said, “We began this effort on May 7 to deliver free home-cooked meals to COVID-19-infected families suffering with the virus’s indifference.” We wanted to assist them in every way possible. Two of our team members are survivors of COVID, and they understand the helplessness, misery, and suffering associated with home isolation. That is how Hahaiyo began.”
With the assistance of friends and family members, Hahaijyo has already provided over 300 dinners.
Rice, dal, veggies, and chicken (on occasion) are packaged in containers for the home-cooked meals. While preparing and delivering the meals, the staff adheres to COVID-19 guidelines. They accept assistance requests using the phone numbers listed on their social media site.
Many have come forward to contribute to their cause of feeding individuals living in house isolation during these tough times, impressed by their humanitarian effort.