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India’s coronavirus lockdown is being extended in infection "hotspots", now marked as 'RED ZONES'. Millions will continue being without work and are going hungry. 400 million Indians risk falling deeper into poverty during the crisis. The four districts that The rt Foundation work in have all been marked ‘red zones’. "This pandemic has become a humanitarian crisis and we are responding as such".  All of our funds and activities are being redirected to meeting basic food and health needs.  We will provide as many meals to as many families as funds allow.

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She doesn’t know how old she is, she doesn’t have a birth certificate, but she looked all of 10. I asked what she would like to do if she didn’t have to look after her younger siblings. After a short silence, she gently answered that she’d like to go to school. Her polite reply was met with the dejecting scoffing of her colony. Her mother scornfully told her not to trouble us with her silly requests

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Saritha was 10 years old when she joined Ashray Banjara Residential School in 2007. During her childhood, both her parents worked as laborers at a food catering company during the wedding season and as farm laborers back in their village during the farming season. They would earn very menial daily wages. Sometimes, they would take Saritha with them for some additional income. Saritha started cutting vegetables, cleaning tables, and washing heavy utensils at the catering company; and performing seeding, harvesting and other farm operations at a very young age. She spent most of her childhood in a slum in Uppal. ...

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"I was 8 years old when I came to Ashray School. I lived in a slum area in Santosh Nagar, Hyderabad. My dad is an auto driver and my mom is a homemaker. My sister was married as a young girl and could not complete her education, my brother in 7th class. My family struggled financially. My parents wanted to kill me at my birth because I was the 2nd daughter. So I spent my early years with my Grandma. I did early schooling in other hostels in Hyderabad but struggled to live there; then I came to know about Ashray School and Children’s Home and forced my parents to join me there. I joined...

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Injustice's such as poverty are not a natural phenomena, they are man-made, created and upheld by power structures that ought to be opposed, but how? Fighting injustice with violence, only brings more violence and, at best, merely reorders the power hierarchy. Challenging the system itself requires more then just rejecting the current order, it needs a living, breathing alternative. One that models an equality and love so oppositional that it shines a spotlight on injustice and those that inflict it. It’s the confrontation found in the caring for of widows and orphans, the sacrificial service and exaltation of those at the bottom. It’s 16 brand new, top...

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