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Thoda Bahut, open community initiative to help people affected by coronavirus outbreak

Bangalore, Apr 18 (UNI) While the state and Central governments are trying their best to contain the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fact is that it takes time for the government to identify individual problem areas, figure the response and get the machinery moving.

But the community can quickly identify local issues, their local solutions and move fast. And that is exactly what is needed today, speed.
It is for this reason that a few like-minded people got together and created Thoda Bahut, a platform that enables local giving for local and immediate intervention. Based in Bengaluru, they were able to identify beneficiaries and quickly set up suppliers locally to manufacture and deliver the required products.

It is unique in its ability to bring together supplies, logistics, and funds to make an immediate and fast local impact on affected communities. Thoda Bahut (little bit) is built on one of India's leading fundraising platforms and NGO called GiveIndia.org.

Thoda Bahut Bengaluru has identified 3 beneficiaries: Auto Drivers who have been rendered jobless, to be supported with Rs 1000 a month for 3 months and Healthcare Professionals and Police, who will be provided with 12,000 face shields every day till the requirement ceases.

Having tied up the suppliers and ensured delivery, Thoda Bahut is now raising funds from within the community.
Thoda Bahut is envisaged as an open platform, which means any community can make Thoda Bahut their own and start their own initiative. Organisations can also partner with Thoda Bahut, support the current campaign or run their own campaigns.
“The idea is to get the local community involved for the local community,” said Atul Jalan, one of the members of the governing body. “Because the beneficiaries and the problems are local, the community feels a greater sense of ownership and there is a greater desire to step up.”
“These are not huge contributions and huge amounts, but it is the speed and efficiency with which these small amounts can be put to precise use that makes all the difference,” said Arun Chittilapilly, also on the governing body.
Thoda Bahut is looking for local Bengaluru organisations to step up and support the cause of Bengaluru’s auto-drivers, police and healthcare professionals.
Organisations or communities wishing to use the platform for their own community objectives are welcome. As are manufacturers who have products that can be of use for the beneficiaries in this scenario.
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