Thursday 9 April 2020
Proving herself to be a true Good Samaritan, our 18-year-old child champion Nisha reached out to 15 neighbour families in Taimur Nagar in Delhi with food items while her own family ran out of ration amid lockdown.
Among the many migrant labour families in Delhi who were hit hard by the lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak, Nisha’s was one. On 28 March, when numerous migrant families packed their bags and started walking for miles towards their hometowns in the dearth of food supplies and transport, Nisha knew 15 such families in her neighbourhood who were struggling to feed themselves as their ration ran dry.
Nisha quickly called up Save the Children staff to request for some ration items. Save the Children facilitated linkage with the local NGO partner in the area—Dr. AV Balika Trust which arranged for ration items for those 15 families through local shops. The ration reached Nisha’s doorstep and she selflessly took the ration items to her neighbours. She along with her father handed over the rice, pulses, spices and other essentials to those families. She did not keep a single morsel for herself or her family readily choosing others over self.
However, Save the Children staff on enquiring later found out that she had not saved anything for herself. She was sent a month’s ration later in the day.
Nisha has been associated with Save the Children since 2013 while she was brought by the partner NGO to the Multi Activity Centre in Srinivaspuri in Delhi. She belonged to a village in Uttar Pradesh and had moved to Delhi with her father migrating to the city as a daily wager. She worked as domestic help and did not attend school. With support from Save the Children learning centre, Nisha was admitted to an English medium school. Overcoming the initial learning hiccups she was brought back to the fold of education and is now doing great academically, besides being a firebrand child rights activist herself.