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Donation for COVID relief through ‘Road Ashram’

Donation for COVID relief through ‘Road Ashram’
Siddhartha Dutta, Ahmer Siddiqui and Neha Chaturvedi in Kohima. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/29/2020 12:10:30 PM IST

As part of their campaign “Road Ashram”, the trio of Siddhartha Dutta from Kolkata, Ahmer Siddiqui from Delhi and Neha Chaturvedi from Agra reached the State capital on Thursday to understand the humanitarian impact of COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed because of social distancing.

The trio have been travelling along the borders of India in a specially modified car that will cover nearly 25,000 km across 30 States in about 60 days. 

Interacting with media persons here, Siddiqui said the purpose of “Road Ashram” was to bring attention to stories of people’s sufferings and ensure that the focus is not limited to understanding the pandemic’s impact from medical standpoint alone.

During the journey, he said they met several people from different walks of life, with whom they discussed various issues for raising awareness and money to help people facing difficulties due to the pandemic. 

He spoke about how rural areas are facing challenges due to limited access to healthcare facilities, unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown and poor internet connectivity and lack of smartphones.

Dutta said the journey was physically tiring and challenging, but added that the warm of people was mind-blowing and they could witness the unique diversity of the country.

Chaturvedi spoke on the challenges being faced by her as a lady travelling on road around the country, and also underscored the need for toilet facilities, even as she exhorted women to explore the country.

Having started their journey from Delhi on October 4, they have travelled through nine States so far and their goal is to complete the campaign within 60 days. They will proceed to Manipur on Thursday evening.

The trio urged people to follow the campaign on www.roadashram.in and social media to know more about the campaign and learn about their journey. 

They also started a donation drive to support people affected by the pandemic. 

The fund thus generated will be donated to Give India to aid the organisation in providing food to the worst affected families across the country.

 

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