Yuva with One World recently organised a community kitchen to aid those affected during the lockdown. The community kitchen, conceptualised by Kedar Padte, aimed at offering homecooked and hygienic staple food to senior citizens, labourers, homeless and the stranded free of charge.
With permissions from the Collectorate, Yuva set up a helpline wherein people could order the food for lunch and dinner after which the volunteers would deliver the same for free and in time.
The organisation credits the support of registrar, cooperative societies, Vikas Gaunekar and Gurudas Sawal of Bardez Baazar in helping source the resources; students of IMBA, Goa University, Achut Mahale and Amey Shanbhag in preparing the food; Preetesh Kerkar; Ravish Shetye; Pandurang Mahale of Kamaxi caterers among others.
Hygiene and sanitisation was maintained through every step of the process. A minimum of 300 meals were prepared and delivered per day, and more than 3500 meals were delivered during the 15-20 days period. Founder of Yuva, Raghuvir Mahale said: “I am privileged to have a team of youth who did not prefer to waste their time, rather channelise their energy in serving the needy. I would like to thank selfless members Varad Angle, Sarvesh Shetye, Akhil Prabhu Verlekar, Shashank Sukhthankar, Sanath Bharne, Sherwin Mendes, Shawn Mendes, and Pranav Shanbhag who risked their lives to contribute towards this cause (with proper precautionary measures like that of social distancing, wearing masks, constant use of hand sanitizer/hand wash, etc).”
Additionally, Yuva started rehabilitation work by providing free ration to needy families that had fuel and could cook. The organisation also worked with the Taleigao Panchayat in trying to source labourers and people who had exhausted their resources and provided them
the same. In association with Centre for Incubation and Business Acceleration (CIBA) and Infinyt 3D, Yuva has also undertaken the task of providing face shields to the frontrunners in the fight against COVID-19, namely the doctors, nurses and other medical workers.
Amidst serving humanity, Yuva has also taken the initiative to feed