Updated: Jun 18, 2020
2020 has brought with itself an immense struggle. Every news channel is flooded with heart-wrenching reports which go far and beyond the ongoing pandemic. With all this negativity, it becomes difficult to remain sane and hope for a brighter future. It’s important to remember that we’re all in this together and good still exists. It is vital to believe in the power of positivity and have an optimistic outlook. In times of such suffering, we present to you a compilation of positive news reports to help you reinstate your faith in humanity and trust in a brighter tomorrow.
Vande Bharat Mission
The Indian government’s mission which is said to be the largest repatriation exercise in the world intends to bring back over two lakh Indian citizens stranded across the world since the lockdown was announced in March. A total of 45 thousand citizens have been brought home till now during the two phases of the Vande Bharat Mission. Preparations are being made for the third phase which will be the largest, with Air India operating 203 flights out of India starting from June 10 till July 1.
A Facebook group named ‘Caremongers India’ was created by Mahita Nagaraj, a digital marketing professional from Bangalore, in the early days of the pandemic. With “Let’s stop spreading fear – let’s spread love instead” as their mission statement, people in this group aim to offer help via Facebook posts, a helpline and a Whatsapp number. Their work includes delivery of food and provisions to the doorsteps of the elderly, and help and support to women in abusive relationships who have been put in touch with women’s rights organizations through the group. Nagaraj said in a recent post that the group also helped members in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Muscat, Dubai, Ghana, Singapore, Nepal, Zambia, and Nigeria. The group has fulfilled 16,000 requests till date and has grown into a community of around 45,000 members who attend about 150-200 calls and 600-800 messages each day.
Newborn’s recovery from Coronavirus
A one-month-old baby recovered from Coronavirus at Sion hospital in Mumbai. To celebrate this, the doctors and the healthcare staff applauded for the baby as he and his mother were discharged. It is being seen as an encouraging development in this pandemic situation and is giving hope to many to fight and survive.
Relief to migrant workers
A lot of people are taking it upon themselves to alleviate the suffering of migrant workers who are stranded in cities with no livelihood by helping them reach their hometowns safely and soundly. One such group of people is the Alumni association of National Law Universities across India. Thanks to them, a total of 354 migrant workers from Bengaluru have been sent to their homes. Alumni of National Law University, Bengaluru arranged air travel for 180 workers who reached Chhattisgarh via an Indigo flight. The travel cost of other 174 laborers who reached Raipur on June 5 was borne by alumni of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.
During these difficult times, numerous videos and reports of individuals helping each other and indulging in COVID relief work are surfacing.
Dog rescued from a well in Tamil Nadu.
Eight-year-old makes masks for the underprivileged.
Muslim man breaks fast to donate blood to a Hindu couple.
It’s heartwarming to see people actively putting effort to provide for others who are unable to take care of themselves during these excruciating times. Be it a Facebook group offering support to the vulnerable or an eight-year-old boy from Mumbai making masks to be distributed to those who can’t afford them, these stories reinstate our belief in humanity and prove that there is always a place for compassion and kindness in the world, even in the midst of a global crisis.
By - Divyanshi Khemka Feature image by - Niharika Suri