Brightening Up Lives 55 [...]
After discovering Usha ben's talent for sewing, our grassroot researcher Renu ben encouraged her to invest in a sewing machine. Over the course of 15 years, Usha ben has mastered her art and provided training to many.
The colossal drain in Nehru Nagar, Patna was full of garbage and had overflowed on multiple occasions causing a sanitation nuisance as well as accidents, including the death of a child who fell in it.
Improper drainage systems and damaged roads in Mubarakpur lead to perpetual waterlogging, creating adverse conditions for working women. “What will change this time?” was a question, field mobiliser Pushpa was confronted with upon her arrival in Mubarakpur a few years ago.
In November 2020, as the nation suffered from the pandemic and the economic shock, two blocks of Nehru Nagar, Patna received warnings of impending penalties if they continued to access electricity illegally.
“I don’t share personal details with just anybody,” said Gunja Kumari Ben, a resident of Bhagalpur, Bihar, as she was approached for a conversation. But when we came to know that she was being approached by SEWA Bharat, Gunja Ben visibly let go of some of her inhibitions.
The lockdown imposed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus adversely affected the migrant workers who lost accessibility to basic services. In Uttar Mainpura, Patna, SEWA aagewans brought attention to the hunger-stricken conditions of migrant workers, who feared dying of hunger due to the pandemic.
The community members of Mubarakpur and Danapur communicated their distress and anxieties of having to die of starvation if food supplies did not reach them any sooner. Understanding the emergency of the situation, SEWA aagewans redirected their efforts and channelled in supplies from the government and distributed it among community members by the ward councillor.