With the world opening up, the horrors of the pandemic have been put well in the past if not forgotten. But what is hard to forget is the amazing, unexpected heroes that emerged to lend a helping hand and restored everyone’s faith in humanity.
Here are the 5 change-makers who eased the plight of plenty during the pandemic and swooped in to protect those who needed it the most.
A cancer survivor herself, Twinkle is the first ambulance driver in India who opened her heart and the doors of her ambulance for free in the capital midst the worst of the second wave. With her husband and a team of drivers by her side, she toiled for 22 hours straight to make sure she could help as many as possible. A true trooper!
Former Health Minister of Kerala and fondly called Shailaja Teacher was hailed with praises after her stellar groundwork in the containment of the COVID-19 virus in the initial stages. She has also successfully dealt with the Nipah virus outbreak twice, making her a resident expert. Efficiency redefined!
Empathy is a rare gift, the one Shanti has been blessed with. With over 1800 migrants stuck in her city overnight and with no food in sight, she stepped up to the plate – with a plateful! With the help of her friends and later the government, she made sure that no worker slept on an empty stomach. Kindness wins, yet again!
Ronita Krishna Rekhi
Ronita Krishna Rekhi
As an old Indian adage goes, “Janam dene wale se paalne wala bada hota hai” (The one who rears is greater than the one who births). This came true for Ronita, who in a heartwarming gesture, breastfed newborns who lost their mothers in the second wave. A new mom herself, she understood the relevance and importance of breastfeeding and helped foster little lives. Mothers are the best, aren’t they?
Sphoorti’s story came to light through Facebook COO Sheryl Sanberg herself, who appreciated the impact she made on the lives of women during the pandemic. With the workload multifold for women across households, many resorted to quitting their jobs. Sphoorti led an initiative to bring them back to their livelihood by the simplest tool of all – sensitization. She reached out to their families and made them realise the importance of sharing the workload at home and even shared successful models of equitable work. A tiny step for Sphoorti, a big leap for empowerment!
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