During the lockdown, when a cat landed up at her doorstep on the fifth floor at 11 in the night meowing for food, Bangalore-based teenager Dhriti Arya realised that there could be many more stray animals suffering hunger. Soon that thought was developing in an idea and she started researching and reading online to realise that even pet owners are abandoning their pets due to the fear of COVID 19 infection.
Learning from her father the news about migrant workers who were stranded away from their homes with no shelter or food, she and her sister Dhiksha Arya, with the help of her family, created LightUpLives - an initiative to help the needy by raising funds for their necessities.
The duo has on-boarded the Karnataka Jesuit Educational Society that helped procure grocery kits to people, Aarogya Seva that helped distribute hygiene kits and sanitary napkins and We Are Here To Serve (WAHTS) Foundation who work with various individuals and organizations to feed the strays. They also work with ASHA health workers to distribute health kits through Primary Health Centres.