Vrikshit Foundation aiding the underserved during the pandemic

Anju Ann Mathew

With increasing human activities in the name of development, the environment has been struggling with various issues — starting from climate change to deforestation, to pollution, and more.

On the other hand, environmentalists and Earth warriors are fighting hard to restore our planet to its original beauty. Among them is the Delhi-based NGO Vrikshit Foundation.

Founded in May 2019 by Shankar Singh, the NGO promotes cleanliness in society and enhances living hygiene conditions for Delhi citizens.

Over time, the NGO — focused on addressing environmental concerns — has made a significant impact on society, indulging in cleaning the rivers, neighbourhoods, and revamping the dilapidated walls of the capital city.

The foundation also expanded its initiatives to provide meals to the poor in collaboration with Zomato in 15 Indian states. It also gave school shoes to underprivileged students and helped clean the polluted beaches in Mumbai.

All this was possible because of the constant efforts of its 3000 volunteers and social media campaigns.

However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NGO decided to focus on helping the underserved population who are highly affected.

To reduce the collateral damage, Vrikshit started providing ration kits and medical essentials to the underserved families in many cities across India.

“We have been providing ration kits to the poor families who are vulnerable to losing or have lost their source of income due to the pandemic. These include 800 families of sex workers residing at GB Road, Delhi, and about 3,500 families of migrant labourers in different locations of Bihar, including Araria, Patna, Supol, Katihar, and Muzaffarpur,” Shankar tells SocialStory.

Vrikshit Foundation has also extended medical support to many people in need. It has distributed 155 oximeters to people in Hyderabad, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. In fact, it is procuring oxygen cylinders for free for those who need them and is also providing verified leads for cylinders in these cities.

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