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In times of coronavirus, local charities put smiles on people’s faces

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Srinagar, Mar 22: Forty-five-year-old widow Naseema was at her wits end how to arrange money for life-saving drugs. A chronic kidney disease patient, she had undergone a transplant a couple of years ago.

Since her transplant, Naseema is on a medication that costs her Rs 12000-15000 per month. Mother of two minor daughters, she has been struggling to make ends meet after her husband passed away a year ago.  


Sensing her plight, a doctor suggested her to visit Ganderbal-based NGO `Faith’ for help.

 “Naseema visited us last week. We have decided to bear all her medical expenses. We are also taking care of her daughters,” said Sayim Mustafa, Chairman of Faith.

This is just a tip of the iceberg. Local charities are working overtime to provide financial help and distribute daily ration (Rice, Flour, Cooking Oil, Salt) among the needy  people.

“Our team is available in the district for any assistance. They are strictly following WHO guidelines while distributing packages and spreading awareness about COVID-19,” he said.

Athrot, another charitable organization located in the old city, has decided to distribute one lakh facemasks among the people. 

“There has been a shortage of facemasks in the market. We have a target of manufacturing one lakh face masks for free distribution in Srinagar,” said Bashir Nadvi, one of the members of Athrot.

Nadvi said despite restrictions, their volunteers are trying to discharge social responsibilities. “We are trying to help the poor and needy during these difficult times,” he said.

Similarly, Help Poor Trust is helping people who cannot afford their medicines. “The patient inflow has dropped in the hospital due to the COVID-19. We are available round the clock to help people who need any kind of medical assistance,” said Mohammad Ali lone, founder of the trust.