Hyderabad: A group of eight Anganwadi teachers from Khammam are winning hearts after they pooled money from their own pocket to set up a community kitchen to feed poor migrant workers.

The kitchen, which was set up on April 17, has fed about 130 people in two days. The teachers have been so meticulous that they took care to donate wheat to the migrant workers who do not consume rice.

The teachers often walk to their designated villages on foot to distribute Take Home Rations (THR).

“I usually walk 2 kilometres, to and fro to reach these places, with the THR.. With all activities stopped, we have to ensure that their rations reach on time, otherwise they might go hungry,” Vijayalakshmi, an Anganwadi teacher from Yerraboinapally told NewsMeter.

Another Anganwadi teacher, K. Samrajyam, from Patha Chowdavaram village, travels on the scooter to deliver rations. “Sometimes I walk and sometimes I take the scooter. The lockdown has affected many of these people badly, which makes our duty even more important,” said K. Samrajyam.

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Some of these teachers have taken it upon themselves to stitch masks and deliver it to the people. J Rani from Singarajupalli, in Warangal district has made around 2,500 masks till now and distributed it to people.

“In 2 nights, I had initially made 200 face masks and presented it to the police, Gram Panchayat employees of our village and villagers. Then requests started pouring in, and sponsors also came. Now I’ve made over 2,500 masks and distributed it to people,” said J Rani.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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