They run community kitchens, organise medical camps in North 24 Parganas district
NEW DELHI – The coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal were recently marred by cyclone YAAS that devastated the lives of the people living in that part of West Bengal.
WYWS or With You Welfare Society, a registered NGO, took initiative to help people in this hour of crisis. It opened five community kitchens and organized free medical camps at different places in the Sundarban areas for 15 days.
WYWS was joined in its efforts by Al-Ameen Mission to feed nearly 2,000 people at different areas of Kakdwip and Ghoramara and Sagar Island of the Sundarban areas. Besides, they also distributed food kits among 200 families containing rice, potato, peas, and onion. All the places mentioned above are situated in North 24 Parganas district of the state, 100 km away from capital Kolkata.
Established in 2015, WYWS works on health, education, job empowerment, and other related issues with active members across the globe. It is based in Kolkata and primarily governed by the alumni of Al Ameen Mission, a charitable and educational institute run by donations and zakats of the Muslim community for the socio-economic betterment by impairing education to the underprivileged Muslims of West Bengal. Members of WYWS are mainly doctors, engineers, IT Professionals, Civil Servants, Police Officers, Professors and entrepreneurs. What joins them together is thier alma matter. They all have completed their schoolings up to 10+2 at Al Ameen Mission and most of the members are from the same batch.
The community kitchens by them were arranged in five different places from June 2 to 17 along with free medical camps. While at Dwariknagar of Namkhana locality, the community kitchen was run for 12 days from 2nd of June where a daily average of 200 people took their meals, 10 days at Narayanganj in Kakdwip feeding 300 people daily, the community kitchen continued for another 12 days feeding 1300 people at Ghoramara Island, Sagar Island, and at Patibunia of Namkhana locality altogether.
The free medical camps were held for two days at Narayanganj in Kakdwip on 8th and 9th June and on 14th of June at Murakhal of Namkhana area where free medicines were distributed among the distressed people. Dr. Md Ali Mallick, Md Mahiuddin along with some other doctors of RG Kar Medical College participated in this noble venture most of whom are alumni of Al Ameen Mission.
This is not the first time that the members of the NGO came to undertake such initiatives. Last year, when another storm, Amphan, engulfed the lives of the coastal people along with corona pandemic, WYWS distributed food kits, organized free medical camps in the affected coastal areas.
While explaining their attempt to take such initiatives, the Joint Secretary, Jahir Abbas, said, “By the YAAS storm vast areas were flooded by salty seawater destroying crops, farming land, etc. Flood took away cattle like hens, ducks and lots of houses were damaged, some fully destroyed and people were in hunger in those days. Though water level decreased in a few days, there is a high chance for water-borne diseases like diarrhea, typhoid fever, cholera in those areas.