Have a look around when you are at a traffic signal? When most of us are in our air conditioned vehicles, there are many who toil under the scorching heat to earn their livelihood. Without even a fan or a glass of chilled water, they struggle day-in-day-out. Raising mercury hits them the most - pressure to earn butter and butter for their family, dehydration and lack of empathy for people around them leads to their deplorable state. Those who empathize with them can’t translate their concern into actions. After all, it takes more than words to bring a change. So, do you ever #FeelTheHeat? If yes, do a bit from your side to bring respite to these hardworking souls on the streets.
To the Hawkers in your Neighbourhood -
Dehydration is a major problem in summer. Offer hawkers in your neighborhood a drink to beat dehydration - glucose, nimbu pani or sharbat. If that is too much, a glass of chilled water would mean a lot.
Donate Umbrellas -
Whenever there is a calamity, as a nation we pitch in. Read the statistics on death toll due to heat and you will be shocked to see the figures. Raise awareness among your friends and family, and organize a drive to collect money. You can use that money to donate umbrellas to the street vendors who seek shade. Unluckily there are not enough trees in most metros for all these people. And this endeavor would go a great length in easing their turmoil.
Support them by Buying their Products -
Nothing makes a better contribution than supporting them in terms of money. Buy fruits and vegetables from street vendors than an air-conditioned megastore. All you have to do is make a quick stop while driving back home. There are many such workers who need your support - earthen pot makers, vendors selling knick-knacks or the cobbler outside the railway station. Buy from them or use their services often. Don’t bargain unreasonably.
Reward your Workers with Summer Bonus -
If you are managing a household and employing help, reward them with special summer bonus, just like Diwali bonus. Reward the gardener or community watchman This will help them to buy a cooler or it can act as a contribution to their electric bill, and they can rest after a day’s work. In case you run an organization and employ manual laborers, you can make a difference in the lives of many this summer.
Start by doing any of these and make a big impact on the lives of those working on the streets.
Take a look at these young #FameStars and their admirable effort to #Feeltheheat with these men and women. Be a part of #GivingWeek and support this cause.