Emergency Relief Fund for Daily Wage Earners

COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdown has caused a huge disruption to the earning capabilities of the most vulnerable people in Bangladesh, such as rickshaw-pullers, day labourers, cleaners, street vendors, especially those living in already marginalised communities. 

Resource Co-ordination Network Bangladesh (RCNB) is a grassroots organisation delivering food packages that last a family of 4 for a month. 

Each package costs approximately Tk. 2900 ($34/£28) The package includes: 

Rice (miniket) 30 kg - (50tk/kg) - Tk. 1500 
Lentils 6 kg - (80tk/kg) - Tk. 480 
Potatoes 10 kg - (25tk/kg) - Tk. 250 
Oil 2 litres - (110tk/kg) - Tk. 220 
Salt 1 packet - (40tk/kg) - Tk. 40 
Onion 2 kg - (85tk/kg) - Tk. 170 
Spices 100 gm each (chilli, tumeric and coriander) - (40tk/kg) - Tk. 120 
Soap 3 pieces - (40tk/kg) - 120 

We are now a part of the #BacharLorai movement who are helping us expand and strengthen our initiatives. #BacharLorai is a social movement to combine support from Bangladeshi expats, citizens and grass-roots organizations who are all participating in this fight together. 

Communities we are currently supporting: 

1. Bede Community (Keraniganj)
- Every week providing 50 Bede families with 2 weeks of food relief. This area has around 400 families from this community.

2. We for Them Org. (33 wards of Rangpur District)
- Every month providing 300 daily wage-earning families with a month worth of food relief.

3. HR Foundation (Bhadrashon Chor & Faridpur)
- Every week providing 100-200 daily wage earning families with a week’s worth of food.

4. Shoron Rahman (Slum Areas of Uttara, Dhaka)
- Initiative 1: Providing weekly rations to 100 families with daily wage earners as heads of household (Pakuria Slum) 
- Initiative 2: Providing monthly rations to 10 families from lower income groups (Uttarkhan, Dakshinkhan) 
- Initiative 3: Providing monthly rations to 20 families with the head of household laid off from the RMG sector (Baunia Slum) 

5. Waste Collectors of Dhaka city (Collaboration with Garbagemanbd)
- Providing hygiene kits (reusable gloves, soap, masks, protective outfit and a small food incentive of rice and daal) to garbage waste collectors. 
- Phase 1 - 250 units (Dhaka North): 22 April - 27 April 
- Phase 2 - 250 units (Dhaka South): 28 April - 5th May 

6. Santal Community (Joypurpara, Rangpur)
- There are approximately 300 daily wage-earning households here. We will be providing monthly rations to 50 families every week. This initiative is due to begin next week.

7. Bihari Community (Adamjee Bihari Camp, Narayanganj)
- We will be providing monthly rations to 20 families every week. This initiative is due to begin next week. 

Please stay in touch with us and see our regular update on the Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/529040478046012/ 
If you are located in Bangladesh, you can alternatively donate via
bKash: +8801819263980 (personal) (Reference: 'Donation')
Bank Transfer: 
Name: Juneyna Kabir
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank 
Account No: 24134157001 
Paypal (via Friends and Family): [email redacted] 

If you have any questions or you would like to help in any other way,  Mahia is always free to chat at +8801648177474

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