By Ekta Kumar on Sep 16, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has completely changed our lives. These are truly unprecedented times that have affected the nation’s healthcare systems, leaving millions at the risk of exposure and adding livelihood challenges for many, including migrant workers. At Shell, it is important for us to do our part. We are committed to collaborating, engaging with communities and being a valued contributor to the society, at all times. COVID-19 does not and will not change this. Our primary role is to ensure a reliable energy supply to essential services y such as healthcare, food distribution and sanitization. Along with keeping our employees, contractors and customers safe, we are safeguarding access to critical products and ensuring that community has the resources they need during this crisis. As the impact of COVID-19 grows, so does the demand for social services. We are especially mindful of those experiencing hardship during this time and are responding where we can to the evolving needs of the communities. We along with our NGO partners and staff volunteers have made an impact on the lives of more than 150,000 people starting from April 2020.
Grocery kits and meal distribution
Recognizing that from migrant workers to drivers, many communities have lost their source of livelihood due to COVID-19, Shell India distributed more than 35,000 grocery kits and 14,800 meals through community kitchens to vulnerable communities in order to support them with basic health and nutrition. In a span of two months, 16,000 grocery kits were distributed by Shell staff to vulnerable communities/daily wage workers around Shell fuel stations, along with local authorities, in more than 15 cities. Our teams across cities and towns consulted with local authorities to identify people who need this help the most. Along with NGO partners, Shell’s team also rallied their wide distributor network to reach out to nearly 12,000 truckers and allied transport staff stranded at borders, with relief kits across 22 cities in India (https://www.shell.in/motorists/oils-lubricants/rimula-truck-heavy-duty-engine-oil/rimula-cares.html)
In Bangalore, 1,600 vulnerable families from fence line villages of BK Halli were given grocery kits, ensuring that families have access to essential items like wheat flour, lentil, rice, oil and sugar that will support them for a few weeks. Similarly, 800 vulnerable families in villages around our Lubricants Blending Plant in Taloja, Mumbai have also been provided with grocery and hygiene items. Besides this, 2,575 below poverty line families of Halpati fishermen in Hazira gas fence line villages have been provided with grocery kits. Essential groceries have also been provided to community kitchens in two locations of Surat city for providing daily food to migrant labourer’s and poor families.Ramesh Rathod, is a fisherman by profession and belongs to the Halpati Community. He lives with his wife and two children. Like many others, Ramesh and his family faced livelihood challenges due to COVID-19 lockdown. He was unable to earn and feed his family for days and was faced with a dearth of groceries due to no source of income. Shell provided grocery kits to support him to feed his family. “Shell helped us by providing the grocery kit which is enough to manage our basic food requirements for about 25 days. This was a much-needed support during these tough times and for that, we are very grateful to Shell”, Ramesh shared.
Ensuring safety and wellbeing through hygiene kits
Shell India distributed more than 3,000 hygiene kits and helped in creating health awareness among Uber Medic/essential drivers who are providing services to the communities during these difficult times.
Providing free health checkups to vulnerable communities
The community health clinic set up by Shell in Hazira is providing free health checkups to all its patients. Till June 2020, more than 1,300 patients from economically weaker sections have been treated at the Hazira Medical facility during the lockdown period. During these uncertain times, the medical facility has been a much-needed support for the villagers to help secure their health and wellbeing. (Doctor in a locked-down community)
Shell Heroes contributing a part of their salary
We’re proud that so many Shell India employees have contributed to the community in whatever way they are able to either directly or through donations including voluntarily donating a part of their salary towards Shell’s. COVID–19 initiatives. The amount collected has been channeled through credible NGO partners, Vision Spring (http://visionspring.org/) Habitat For Humanity (https://www.habitat.org/ap) and Janadhare Trust (http://www.janadhare.org/) to support relief activities.
Shell India will continue to guide its available resources towards COVID-19 relief efforts across India to support the people in need and help reduce the impact on daily life of economically marginalized and vulnerable people in the community.