Filmmaker Guneet Monga Helps Support a Community Kitchen in Juhu

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The lockdown might have been lifted but that doesn’t mean that people’s lives everywhere have gone back to normal. For many who were employed in the unorganised sector, making ends meet even after ‘Unlock’ has been tough as they don’t have a source of income. Identifying this problem, filmmaker Guneet Monga has collaborated with Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan (GBGBA) and Helping Hands Charitable Trust to help raise funds for a community kitchen in Juhu Galli.

The kitchen is run by volunteers from the basti itself and is helping feed the needy living in the area.

It was through a friend that Monga came across the plight of these basti dwellers and after some follow-up visits, she realised just how bad the situation is. “We went to people’s houses and what really stood out for me was that these are not people who beg on the streets. These are people who take a lot of pride in their work but now feel dependent and helpless in the crisis,” she told The Quint.

Filmmaker Guneet Monga Helps Support a Community Kitchen in Juhu

Immediately after, Monga got in touch with the Versova Gurudwara and helped feed the people of the Chandivili Basti for almost a month. But that wasn’t the end of it. Monga soon realised that the problem was more widespread.

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Any older age / unwell people who are unable to cook or society guards, in & around Versova / 7 bunglows / 4 Bunglows please get in touch. The Versova Gurudwara (opp dariya mahal) will deliver langar (food) to your doorstep twice a day. Please DM me or reply here. Please spread the word. Currently they are providing 5000+ meals a day and I reached out to them to support Chandivili Basti - the head of the Gurudwara said, he wants to see the Basti. He is 70+ age. So we went to the Basti and he was immediately on board. Today is day 5 of 1000 meals being sent to Chandivili twice a day. Yesterday he asked me - Beta - we want to do more - tell us any needy / older age person in an around this area, we will go and deliver twice a day 🙏🏽♥️. My heart is so full ! Sharing this here as we all follow Almighty’s Grace 💕 You can also directly call or text Gagan at this number +919321636974 or +919015600817 or please text/whatsapp at +919867185700 . He is a voluteer at Versova Gurudwara and handling distribution 🙏🏽 @kalaakaargagansingh

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Monga then decided to adopt the community kitchen in Juhu Galli and help support the volunteers working there. She set up a crowdfunding initiative and has been using her influence and reach to encourage people to donate.

“In these tough times, community kitchens are the soul of the place. They are keeping everyone together.”
Guneet Monga, filmmaker

So far, Monga has managed to raise more than 13 lakhs over the course of 10 days. “Our goal is to raise 30 lakhs to be able to support the kitchens for July. It's even more pressing and urgent now as the monsoons are coming in full swing,” she says.

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I have spent my childhood visiting Gurudwaras because I loved doing sewa (selfless service) to prepare langar (blessed food) for the ones in need. The concept of community kitchens is very close to my heart. We have been doing everything we can last few days, Chandivili slums needed cooked food and we were able to connect them to Versova Gurudwara. However, yesterday, I came across a newspaper article about few community kitchens set up across mumbai that were running out of money and are on a verge of closing. And even though we're gradually getting back on our feet with Unlock 1.0, it's going to take longer for certain people with lost jobs to find employment again and earn a livelihood to sustain themselves and their families. I connected with GBGBA volunteers who have been working tirelessly in the Bastis (Slums) to support migrant & local workers over the last few months. They have set up community kitchens at the slums so people can cook and eat at the same location. This to me is Langar. Having visited and seen the plight myself, am reaching out here for collective support and I hope we can do our bit so each one of us can have food on our plates. Have set up a Ketto Fundraiser for the same. Please help raise funds to run these Community Kitchens. LINK IN BIO. Please do Share the post. Immensely grateful for the support! Thank you Guneet Monga

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The community kitchen in Juhu was set up on the fourth day of lockdown. Ever since Monga’s involvement, the filmmaker has been routinely checking in. Currently, the Juhu Galli kitchen is run by 8 GBGBA volunteers who start working in the afternoon so that they are able to ensure that dinner is ready in time. The Juhu Galli volunteers take all the necessary precautions and hygiene is prioritised in the kitchen.

“Some migrant workers are totally dependent on this kitchen as they don’t even have cooking facilities in the small karkhanas they live.”
Guneet Monga, filmmaker

If you wish to contribute to the crowdfunding initiative and help sustain the community kitchen in Juhu, you can do so by clicking here.

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