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A rich cause for ragpickers

Clean-Up Foundation’s vaccination drive

Sanjana Runwal, the Co-Founder of Clean-Up Foundation said “In their line of work there are a lot of health hazards”

MUMBAI, July 9 (The CONNECT) - In view of the pandemic situation, Clean-Up Foundation has started a vaccination drive for ragpickers - the extremely vulnerable and overlooked segment of the society. This drive will be executed in multiple batches out of which the first batch was vaccinated at Gandhi hospital in Parel.

The drive was carried out in association with Aasra Welfare Association. The rag pickers were administered Covishield vaccines. Many more rag pickers will be vaccinated as a part of this initiative during the coming weeks. With low income, low life expectancy and lack of access to even basic facilities, this often ignored but essential segment of our society has no proper guidance or access to vaccination.

Sixteen-year-old Sanjana Runwal, the Co-Founder of Clean-Up Foundation said, “At Clean-Up, we want to help the rag pickers in getting access to facilities that are not easily available to them. Vaccination is one such area and I am glad we could do something in this direction for them. In their line of work there are a lot of health hazards and we are trying in our own small way to bring some relief and make their lives easier. If they stop doing what they do, the cities will become unliveable. Therefore there is a necessity to extend our help to them in such a situation and get them vaccinated on priority.”

Clean-Up has already donated numerous water purifiers to different ward offices of BMC, which have helped hundreds of garbage cleaners get access to clean drinking water. It has also provided safety gear for rag pickers and financial assistance for the education of their children. Apart from this, it also provided medical insurance facility to several rag-pickers in addition to providing sanitary pad vending machine. Clean-Up Foundation firmly believes that it is imperative to help these unsung heroes of our society and shall continue its efforts in this direction.

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