The Injot Story
From Relief to a Lifetime Commitment
In February 2020 the world witnessed a catastrophe of an unprecedented scale – the Corona Virus outbreak.
By March 2020 it was crystal clear that marginalised groups would suffer severely from the economic lockdowns and subsequent slowdown of the economy. The world witnessed thousands of migrant workers walking on foot without much means to survive, towards their home states.
In Assam, the Adivasi community which constitutes the entire tea garden labour force – both permanent and temporary, would be severely impacted due to the economic shutdown in the early stages, and the subsequent slowdown.
Other members of the Adivasi community who had moved out of the gardens (known as ex-tea garden workers) are either daily wagers or small farmers. All were likely to suffer from severe shortage of money and food.
Injot’s work thus started with our founder Director Anjali Tirkey leading a relief program (March 2020 to September 2020) in Kokrajhar, Karbi-Anglong, Golaghat, Udalguri, Sonitpur, Baksa, Kamrup Metro, Lakhimpur and Kamrup Rural district for people who had lost their livelihood during the nation-wide lockdown due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Initially it was done with partnership with other NGOs and organisations, and later under the banner of Injot.