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Our Story

 

We started in March 2020 in Zurich when the pandemic hit the most vulnerable communities. At midnight, on March 25, 2020, a 21-day lockdown was imposed in India, effectively immobilizing 1,300 million of its citizens – the world’s largest lockdown. As we know, the majority of people we meet on the streets of India are daily wage workers and street entrepreneurs. They form the backbone of the informal economy, doing everything from selling ‘chai’, fruits, food, clothes, polishing your shoes, driving rickshaws and delivering goods, cleaning homes, etc. A lockdown implies an inability to work.

 

Shocked by the societal implications of the three-week long lockdown on the most vulnerable of India’s population, we knew we had to do something – and do it fast.

 

 

On Day 1 of the lockdown, after a quick brainstorming call, we decided to launch a Swiss-India initiative on combating hunger, the need which we found the most pressing, and within our reach to impact. The strategy was to catalyze a bottom-up process, starting from people acting within their local neighbourhoods and within their spheres of compassion, and then replicating it across various towns and cities, which we believe complements the government’s top-down measures and initiatives. Within eight days, we were able to raise CHF26000 (INR 20 lakhs).  By Day 6, we managed to supply food and sanitary kits to more than 200 families in Delhi and Chandigarh, 17 families in Kerala, and an orphanage in Chennai.

 

This is just the ‘tip of iceberg’ as one of our volunteers, rightly said.

 

 

This project which started as a personal cry for action, developed into something much bigger and inspiring than we expected. It is definitely a huge learning experience for the both of us, and for the teams we work with in India. We are learning to creatively deal with uncertainties, and every day presents us with new challenges – this means we have to keep iterating and improving our strategy constantly. This virus, and the widened inequality in these times needs all of us to stand in solidarity and fight together. We are now registered as an association in Switzerland, but all our work is done virtually, from all parts of the world, and the impact is aimed at India.

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we send you a report on how your donations are used. 

 

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Our Outreach

[India] Delhi, Mumbai (MH), Chandigarh (PB), Noida (UP), Gudalur (TN), Wayanad (KA), Chennai (TN), Manipal (KA), Guwahati (AS), Cochin (KL), Naya Gaon (PB), Thane (MH), Aurangabad (MH), Kolhapur (MH), Pune (MH), Kamjong (MN), Bhopal (MP)

[Rest of World] Zurich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Minneapolis, Bern, Cape Town, Belgium

Frequently asked questions

What kind of work do you do?


We are a network of volunteers across the globe, who engage in hunger-relief, education, and livelihood projects to build resilient communities. We also work on various environmental causes, and our mission is to work towards a social and environmentally just world. Check out our projects here!




How long has the organization been around and where is it located?


The organization started in March 2020 in Zurich (Switzerland) when the pandemic hit the most vulnerable communities. That’s when we started our Hunger Campaign. We are registered in Switzerland but all our work is mostly done virtually, and the impact is aimed at India. We are a group of individuals spread across the world (from members in USA, Switzerland, India.)




What has the impact of your organization been over x number of years?


We have been only operational for the last 3+ months and till then we have

  • Reached out with 1,60,000+ daily meals during a lockdown of COVID
  • Provided ration kits (monthly) to 15,000+ people during a lockdown of COVID
  • Helped livelihood of 10+ families to build post-COVID jobs
  • Provided hygiene and sanitary kits to the 150 families in Assam as flood relief
  • Supported education of 100 kids (in progress, details above)
  • Supported building an e-learning center and digital curriculum
  • Provided salaries for 5 teachers of a tribal school
  • Provided 5000 masks to migrant laborers and communities for COVID protection
  • Developed a network of 30 NGOs across 27 locations




What relief work is the organization doing?  (Type of relief, beneficiaries, location, etc)


We work on the principle of UN Sustainable development goals. Currently we are active in the relief of hunger, education, livelihood and environment protection. Our all 30 NGO beneficiaries and the 27 locations for hunger projects are detailed here: Transparancy Report We have been working further with some of these beneficiaries on 1. Education (e-learning center with SSVV school and scholarship fund with MH school), 2. Livelihood (microcredit loans via Hamarabank at CSA) and 3. Environment-protection projects (Assam flood relief with NEC-IITB & EIA2020-petition with Veditum)




What has been the extent of your relief work so far? Do you have a goal? If so, what is it?


We have project-specific goals, to cover as many families as possible and close the gaps of inequity. E.g. For the learning project, we would like to reach 200 students with access to digital education as the first step, and later on, extend it to more rural/ tribal schools.




How much have you been able to raise so far/how much more do you hope to raise?


We have been able to raise for various causes ~41,05,000 INR Hunger-relief, Hamara Bank, Tribal learning center: 37,00,000 INR Scholarship fund: 141,767 INR (Donations closed) Elearning project: 50,000 INR Assam relief project: 5,000 INR (Donations closed)




Are you affiliated with any fundraising platforms like Ketto, Milaap etc?


We run one of our project on Milaap




How can people donate if they wish to do so? Would you like us to add details of the payment method to the post? (Bank transfer, Google Pay, Paytm, fundraising link, etc)


We have respective project links to the respective project web-pages. We usually have Instamojo and donor box linked to each project (except for the Milaap project).




If you’re looking for volunteers, what kind of support are you looking for from them and where would volunteers have to be located to participate? Are there safety measures in place?


We are looking for 1. Designers for creating content for reaching out to more donors, especially on social media 2. Fundraising volunteers They need not be located anywhere specific We have already developed safety guidelines with our NGOs (Also in Marathi)




Are there any volunteer testimonials or other testimonials you’d like us to include?


1. Our media reports and testimonials 2. From one of our projects in the Assam 3. From our volunteers: Post 1 and Post 2




Are there any pictures or videos you would like us to include?


All our photos for the Hunger relief campaign are here, please find others on our social media




If there are permits needed to do this relief work, have you been able to obtain them?


Our partners have been able to obtain them from local authorities,e.g. Assam Flood Relief Project




How can you reach out to us directly?


You can reach out to Rhythima Shinde or Naveen Shamsudhin at team@humanewarriors.in





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Humane Warriors is registered as a Verein (Association) in Switzerland

 

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