Nettra Sorap, Mumbai Filmmaker and Social Entrepreneur Vice-President, Lions Club of Mumbai Statesmen, shares her experience and activities amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown with Hello Womeniya News.
Speaking to Hello Womeniya News she said “amid lockdown, through her NGo ‘Garrimaa Foundation ‘launched a mission Nesh ( Nobody ever sleeps hungry) through which she contributed food packets to 65 lakhs migrants.
She went on to explain that in initial stages, they had a less number of people, but gradually, started to acquire for this project adding that
various well-known associations assisted like Tata, Iskcon, Rotary Club, Lions Club of Mumbai Statesmen Even several corporate and individuals supported and facilitated us to provide food.
“We 4 friends launched a mission NESH- Nobody Ever Sleeps Hungry in association of Rotary club & Garrimaa foundation.”
Furthermore, when there was relaxations in lockdown, she assumed they may not be able to distribute food by just sitting.
The migrants who were heading to their villages, confronted troubles as no hotels were accessible. At this juncture went to the stations and provided fruits, thepla, chivda, Water bottle and biscuits as this food will not spoil during travel.
Thereafter following unlock, floated another project through which we began providing jobs to the migrants who were already in Mumbai, with builders.
She further claimed that she coordinates with builders and told them to provide food two times a day, shelter, and salary on a weekly basis. This will create job opportunities for them.
She also said they give service for an ambulance, assistance for admission, and assisted in cremation for any religion.
NESH also acquired Oxygen cylinders as people were dying due to oxygen shortage and difficulty. The hospital didn’t have sufficent beds, after detecting the coronavirus. Hence, 200 cylinders were contributed alongwith Saiffee Ambulance coordination, with a deposit of Rs 200 the charge for the oxygen and else they have not taken anything.
On 5th June my two brothers Rajesh and Rohan Mapuskar called me from Raigad regarding Cyclone Nisarga and was told that the situation is not good. Hence, had to do something. In the initial two days were thinking what to do, and were not able to think what to do. We were trying to uncover what was going on there, but didn’t find the proper response. Then approached Lions Club Governors who advised them to do whatever they can and that we are with you. That gave her ample of confidence as this is something not everyone fulfills.
Today when she says something, in the village, there is ration but not a machine to make flour.
So they consult directly. Then in 6 cars and 12 people as a team, they grabbed cameras to shoot. Enquired people on their problems. Then with all those footage she met the collector as they didn’t know about the complete scenario how much damage has been taking place The footage was shot from the drone camera in which everything was captured entirely, so it helped them to make passes.
Introduction of Nettra Sorap in nutshell
Nettra Sorap, current, Vice-President of Lions Club of Statesmen, will turn President of the Club from 1st July. She was a pilot and now a film set maker and creative director for films.
Likewise, Oxygen cylinders procured as people were dying because of oxygen difficulty, the hospital didn’t have enough beds, after detecting the coronavirus so 200 of this cylinders were contributed and with Saiffee Ambulance coordination, prevailed providing with a deposit of Rs 200 which is the charge of oxygen and else they have not taken anything accordingly people bring back after using it and we then provide to others. On 5th June the call came from Raigad regarding cyclone Nisarga and was told here the situation is not good so we have to do something, in the initial two days they were thinking what we can do, were not able to think what to do and were trying to uncover what was going on there, but didn’t find the proper response. Then asked regarding this to Lions Club governor’s they told whatever you want to do you can, we are with you, that gave her so ample of confidence as this is something not everyone fulfills. Today yet when she says something like in the village there is rashan but not a machine to make flour. So they consult directly what you expect to do for them, she wants to give the flour so they say how much and similarly, provide that. Adds to it and says that was so nice of them. Then they went by taking 6 cars and 12 people as a team, then grabbed cameras to shoot. Thus asked people how they are what are their problems, then took all those footage and she went to meet the collector as they didn’t know about the complete scenario how much damage has been taking place, so the footage was shot from the drone camera in which everything was captured entirely, so it helped them to make passes.
Moreover shares her views, there were many women who do not have a roof on their houses was standing on the door and was speaking to her, and inside everywhere was water, one was sitting who had her menstrual period, clothes and the blanket was wet and was explaining if someone will provide food then where we will sit and eat, as every house were sunken and who had roofs on their house the neighbors used to amass there. Adding to it she says our members cried a lot including me and we didn’t understand what we should do as we sit at our home with relief and how they are suffering. Then we shortly sent Tarpaulin thinking when the government will provide when it will be available, don’t know but due to humanity we stood and if they got money for repairing it’s fine they will use it in other aspects as it is not a large amount of money. Also dispatched one portion of candles from the Gareemaa foundation likewise, lions club will also provide. Further, from Lions Club, we will send 12,000 kilograms of wheat flour and in the way of 2,500 thousand bags to people.
Moreover, she works in the film industry, her two sons are in this industry and her brother is a director of movie Ventilator. And says in Marathi film industry, Subhod Bhave has also mentioned her on Instagram and was in his post that this lady has worked on the ground and coordinates her duty also provided her number if someone wants to help, sent Pravin spices and other packets.
Alike, she is communicating with the collector and asking what, where you are providing and according to which she will provide in other villages. And she is telling, considering supporting whatever groups you have made for getting the help thus they should keep address, Adhar card, and name so that we will get to know the things are reaching in the proper places. In fact, she has a link on which if someone clicks will get to know who wants what and where. So she made a system for it.
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News Reported By: Radhika Joshi.