“HWCT helps Blinds by Garment Distribution”- Kamakshi Verma
“The last time I bought a t-shirt was probably seven years old. It was a 200 rupees, red t-shirt. After that, I have never bought any t-shirts after that. I didn’t have enough money to buy one”, said Lokesh, when asked why he was wearing a torn and worn out shirt. He explained how he earlier used to live with his son and how the circumstances changed for the family after the death of his only son. “We lost our home and were supposed to live in the streets. We didn’t have any resources after our son died. I was blind, we were poverty-stricken and there was not a single person who could help us”, Lokesh said, with a long sigh.
Lokesh’s entire savings were utilized in treatment of his son who died of pancreatic cancer. Therefore, they were left with very few resources and with those resources; he bought a small house in Dharavi. Lokesh was visually impaired so he could hardly do any work and was dependent on his wife, Reena who worked as a housemaid. She also had only two pairs of clothes kept in a trunk near the kitchen, at their house in the slums.
Team HWCT decided to reach out to such people and provide them with the necessary clothing. The members of HWCT strongly believe that to give an underprivileged person a pair of clothes is as good as dressing them with self respect. We provided Lokesh and his wife with clothes and other sanitary equipment, but, what lies ahead was something more deep-rooted! We came across many people who have been surviving in such poverty stricken conditions. The more we reach out to these people, the more we come across the similar types! Now it became more than just help! Now, it was our “mission” to help all the people who are in need of clothing! We accomplished our goal by organizing a Garment Distribution camp to help all the people in need!
They were overjoyed to have new garments after a long period of time! Our aim to support people by providing them with basic necessities like access to better clothing, was finally accomplished!