Positive India: Acid Attack Survivors become Covid Warriors

Food packets being made in "The Orange Cafe", Varanasi

Soon after the inauguration of the on 14th February 2020, "The Orange Cafe" - a restaurant run by acid attack survivors in Varanasi - had to close shop because of the countrywide lockdown.  However, with a never-say-die spirit and undaunted by the lockdown, five of acid attack survivors running the restaurant, Ms. Badama Devi, Ms. Sangeeta Kumari, Ms. Shanno Sonkar, Ms. Vimla Devi, and Ms. Somvati, started preparing and distributed food packets for the most marginalized sections of the society. 

With about 200 food packets prepared dailyt, since 30th March, they have been able to distribute about 5215 food packets so far and continue to do so. The beneficiaries of their empathy and generosity are the most vulnerable and marginalized individuals -- daily wage earners, migrant labourers, rickshaw pullars, single women, old age and differently-abled people. 

They have covered fourteen areas, namely Saket Nagar basti, Nawabganj, near Assi Nallaha, Kabir Nagar, Maalihaan, Kiwalyadham colony, Homeless shelter home of Manihaari Tola, Ghasiyari tola, Sukulpura, Khojanwan, Manasnagar, Sigra, Ravinderpuri and Gurudham areas of Varanasi city. 

The Red Brigade Trust and Police administration of Durgakund are extending their support for this cause. "The Orange Cafe" was set up with the help of Care Today Fund of India Today group in partnership with ActionAid on 14th February this year, primarily to help acid attack survivors begin a new life. Not many days were passed when the Government of India announced lockdown to contain the spread of the Covid - 19. But with sheer grit to contribute to the society, they have been able to once again turn tables on adversity and inspire the world.

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