21 August 2021, New Delhi: SAHYOG, an NGO run by Ms. Swati Kovind, in association with The Akshaya Patra Foundation, distributed essential grocery kits among the construction laborers on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. The symbolic distribution event was organized at the President's estate to launch the initiative and essential grocery kits were distributed among 100 laborers. Besides the kits, rakhis and sweets were also distributed at the event. Over the next few days, these kits will be distributed to the construction laborers and other individuals from orphanages and other economically deprived sections identified by “SAHYOG.”
Ms. Swati Kovind, daughter of the Hon’ble President, said that she was inspired to undertake this distribution of essential grocery kits after seeing the condition of numerous laborers at various construction sites in New Delhi. Her intention is to ensure that they have nutritious meals matched with the vision of Akshaya Patra.
Ms. Swati Kovind said that she's very happy about the collaboration of their organization 'SAHYOG' with AKSHAY PATRA FOUNDATION on the auspicious occasion of Rakshabandhan. She paid her gratitude to everyone working towards this initiative.
Shri Naveena Neerada Dasa, Director, Strategic Communications, The Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “We are glad to partner with Ms. Swati Kovind and “SAHYOG” to distribute essential grocery kits among the construction workers. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected people from all walks of life, especially the vulnerable groups, such as laborers and daily wagers, who are having a tough time arranging food for themselves and their families. In this situation, we must work together and direct our collective efforts towards their well-being. We are fortunate that we share this belief with “SAHYOG”. They have themselves been doing a great job at helping the marginalized. Together, we will be able to reach out to more people.” He also appreciated the swift and diligent relief efforts of the Government and thanked them for their continued support and encouragement of the Foundation’s endeavors.
Akshaya Patra has been partnering with NGOs across the country to ensure that food relief reaches vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Its collaboration with “SAHYOG” is in continuation with its COVID-19 relief feeding efforts.