Bengaluru-based Anthill Creations, founded by IIT Kharagpur graduate Pooja Rai, is setting an example on making the best of online platforms for relief efforts during the Coronavirus crisis.
The not-for profit organisation, founded in 2015 at Pooja’s alma mater, aims to bring back play to children by mobilising the communities to build low cost and sustainable playscapes by upcycling waste material like scrap tyres and oil drums. The team of architects from IIT Kharagpur has built more than 250 playscapes across 16 states so far. But with the nation-wide lockdown hindering lives, the team has taken it upon them to help the needy as much as they can.
For instance, Bengaluru’s Annasandrapalya community - which houses 450 families comprising daily wage workers, street vendors, construction labourers, domestic servants, and auto-rickshaw drivers – has been struggling for a square meal a day due to lack of work and income during the lockdown. The community reached out to Anthill Creations as they had worked with them previously, while building playgrounds in Bangalore.
To help the community, Anthill launched COVID-19 Relief Initiative campaign for raising funds on Milaap and Facebook and has raised over Rs. 4,50,000 in donations over a month from 279 supporters. The fund has been mostly used to distribute utility boxes comprising food essentials like rice, dal, atta, sugar, salt, biscuits, and cooking oil, as well as health kits with mask, gloves, sanitizers or soaps, and sanitary pads. Anthill team has received several similar help requests from children's shelter homes, nursing homes, etc. and is working closely with them too.
A press release from Anthill Creations states that keeping mind the strict social distancing protocol, Anthill team - along with a few volunteers – has worked tirelessly to keep up the distribution process. They were not just assembling and arranging the boxes, but also personally reaching out to the families for distribution with the help of a point of contact from the community. They also ensured that the essentials reach them in the appropriate time of their need.