Updated: Jul 17, 2020
With a population density of 63,000 per square mile, at first glance it seems like social distancing during the pandemic is impossible. But it's astonishing what discipline and compliance is actually practiced on a daily basis among the poorest of the poor.
During the food drive, staff marked distance lines every day for the crowds of women and children. Women and children wore masks religiously. A server doled out hand sanitizer for each person. Considering the crisis of Covid-19, the general over-crowded nature of the perpetually filthy streets, the food drive in Kolkata was as safe as it could be.
It was a scorcher of a day. At 94 degrees, 210 women and children were sweating but hungry and happy for a hot meal (we’re sure their beaming smiles were hidden behind their masks.)
Today’s addition to the lentils and rice was a flavourful soya bean curry all made this morning on the makeshift outdoor kitchen.
#Cookforher to raise awareness about the plight of women and children in red-light communities in India.
Try making an Indian recipe, take a picture of the dish and post it on your social media with the hashtag #Cookforher