As Hyd shivers, street dwellers get blanket gifts

As Hyd shivers, street dwellers get blanket gifts

December 21, 2021 By The Connect

GHMC city has more than 30,000 beggars who spend their nights on roadsides.

HYDERABAD, Dec 21 (The CONNECT) - Sankalp, a citizens lead humanitarian initiative of staff of Sathguru Management Consultants, donated blankets to 2,000 beggars who spend their nights on roadsides, at bus stands, railway platforms, footpaths and other public places.

With temperatures falling,  sever cold wave has gripped Hyderabad for the past couple of days. And it is likely to continue for some more time.  With minimum temperatures settling in the single digit for the last many days, the streetside dwellers have a tough time catching up on good sleep.

Hemalatha Vijayaraghavan, founder of Sankalp, said “We had an amazing  experience and thoroughly enjoyed the Joy of Giving and  the happiness on the receiver’s face. Our  heartfelt appreciation to the donors in supporting this initiative”.

According to The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) city has more than 30,000 beggars who spend their nights on roadsides.  The only protective warm clothes they have to keep themselves warm during the winer night are old plastic or jute bags, plastic covers and flex banner sheets.

To ensure warm sleep to homeless and street dwellers, Sankalp, Hyderabad organized an annual blanket donation drive. They have been doing it every winter for years.

The various locations covered are Bus Stands, Railway Stations& Traffic Signals - MGBS & city busstandAfzaljung, Kachiguda, Secunderabad, Begumpet, KPHB, Clocktower, Miyapur, Lingampally, Malakpet, Chotuppal,Trimulgherry, Bolarum,Hospitals - Osmania, Gandhi, Mahaveer, Nilofer, MNJ, LVPEI,Cancer, Sarojini Devi & below metro platforms, Temples &  slums in the city where people had no proper houses to live in. This year we also reached out to the needy in Hanuman Junction & Vijayawada. 

The Sankalp Team involved in this initiative are Hemalatha, Rajeswari, Murali Mohan, Srinivas Indrakanti, Ramakrishna, Priyanka Patkar, Srinivas P, Lakshman Rao,  Zohaib, Prasad Babu& Ashwini. Volunteers include Vijayaraghavan – CEO, Veerababu, Rahul Y, Abhishek Sharma, Sadwika, Vishwas, Sai Sowrab, Aditya Manu, Tarini, Surya, Sunil and Prasanna.