Helping the Uttarakhand victims

I belong to BAPS, it’s a non-profit, religious organization working in the areas of spiritual awareness, social upliftment and global peace. I’m a volunteer i.e. unlike someone who goes to the temple for praying to God, I usually end up doing some voluntary services e.g. I handle the parking department and every Sunday at 4:30 I stand at my spot to prevent visitors from doing illegal parking of vehicles.

A few days back, we had to do the packaging of relief material for Uttarakhand, and hence I was there on Saturday evening. The material was divided into two sections: edible material like oil, spices, cereals, pulses, etc. and non-edible material like stove, raincoats, etc. The material was packed into a zippered waterproof bag, representing a “kit”. The edible items’ bag was some 28 kg, whereas the other bag was 9 kg, so in all a family would get total 37 kg of material.

Today I got a call again. We needed to transfer the packed material in the train.

Now I believe, pictures are louder than words. And yes, I have got not much power to write. We transferred almost 37 tonnes of relief material to the train, which was govt. job anyway. But then we had to make sure that the kits reach the right people and not idiots around.

Let the photos tell you the rest of the story. These were really low-light images so kindly bear with the quality.

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First, we put the kits on a wooden tray, drawn by the fork-puller
The fork-lift then lifted the kits and put them on the trucks
The fork-lift then lifted the kits and put them on the trucks
So inside the truck, we would "unload the kits from the forklift" and arrange them
So inside the truck, we would “unload the kits from the forklift” and arrange them
We then took the trucks to Kankaria Railway Yard. The banner was necessary to avoid police checking
We then took the trucks to Kankaria Railway Yard. The banner was necessary to avoid police checking

 

The toughest job was unloading the kits from the truck, to the train. No technology, only man power.
The toughest job was unloading the kits from the truck, to the train. No technology, only man power.
So this is how it looked when we arranged the kits in the train coach
So this is how it looked when we arranged the kits in the train coach
We were just 10-12 people but then soon almost 90+ youngsters came to help and speeded the operation. That was at 11:30 PM.
We were just 10-12 people but then soon almost 90+ youngsters came to help and speeded the operation. That was at 11:30 PM.
This is the relief material by some NGO, lying in open, unsupervised (and getting stolen, too)
This is the relief material by some NGO, lying in open, unsupervised (and getting stolen, too)

 

Material by Govt. of Gujarat lying carelessly on the platform. Though none of the boxes were tampered, I am sure a few might have gone missing.
Material by Govt. of Gujarat lying carelessly on the platform. Though none of the boxes were tampered, I am sure a few might have gone missing.
And yes, tonnes of decaying grains, for some central govt. scheme. Ho Raha Bharat Nirmaan!
And yes, tonnes of decaying grains, for some central govt. scheme. Ho Raha Bharat Nirmaan!
It was really stinking as if dead bodies are there. But still, food seemed a luxury where there was no drinking water, too.
It was really stinking as if dead bodies are there. But still, food seemed a luxury where there was no drinking water, too.

After a 6 hour long effort, we had finally transferred 37 tonnes or 37000 kgs of material from the temple to the trains. We were almost 100 people by the end of it. If we calculate the amount of effort put in, based on Rs. 100/hour standard rate, it ends up as Rs. 10000/hour, or around 50,000 rupees, that we saved yesterday, by doing the voluntary work.

Ending note: We were returning back in one of the large trucks which was essentially a freezing chamber. The cleaner of the truck was with us, too. “These trucks are sent by Yusufbhai for voluntary service”, he said. I smiled, and he didn’t understand. Yes, we live in Gujarat.

8 thoughts on “Helping the Uttarakhand victims

  1. Good work, plz.carry on in future… Do share more stories of disseminating the material to needy people in UK

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