A thoughtful initiative by a young woman in Bangalore called Sreeja Sreedharan.
It is her personal project. She says: “I’ve put together a bag which contains essential things for a homeless person.
One bag contains:
2 pairs of clothes (track pants and t-shirts for men, salwar kameez for women. It’s in M/L sizes)
a pair of rubber slippers
a sleeping mat
a lice comb and few biscuits.
All this neatly packable into a backpack.
I’d like to hand this over to a homeless person living on pavements ,under the flyover etc. I see a few on my way to work everyday. I intend to carry one such backpack in my car at all times. The only checks I do is if the person is really homeless, not drunk and lying on the road. I do not intend to hand it out beggars at traffic signals or in front of religious places. I will hand this over purely on instinct and as I speak the local language it makes a little more easier to arrive at a decision.
This bag and it’s items, which could last for over a year costs Rs 2400. All materials are strictly sourced from small businesses, no corporates, no big retail chains.
If you would like to contribute to this little project, I request you not to just give the money but kindly zero down on a person (you would like to give it to) and let me know. I will put together a bag and hand it over to you, pick up from Bannerghatta Road or MG Road, payment in cash only.
I would be thrilled if the cost of the bag can be reduced, if anyone is aware of other viable options which will reduce costs further I’ll be happy to consider.”