Buy a Mumbai taxi, and donate to Indian Road safety program.
In India in August 2015, I experienced the full force of the Mumbai monsoon season, and hailed a taxi to seek refuge from the weather on my way back to the hotel. I soon got chatting to my taxi driver, Wasim. As we sat there in the all too familiar rush hour traffic, Wasim shared his life story and showed me an article written on him by a Guardian journalist. It had a profound affect on me as I tried to understand the daily challenges he must face, working up to 18 hours a day, in intense humidity, on some of the most dangerous roads in the world. By renting his taxi, much of what he earns goes back to those who lease the vehicle to him, making it almost impossible to lift himself, and his family, out of poverty.
The article is worth reading, and can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/27/being-a-taxi-driver-in-mumbai-is-one-of-the-lowest-class-of-jobs
I was reminded of Wasim, and the dangerous all these divers face, more recently when I saw the news article on the collapse of the Kolkata flyover on 31st March 2016, killing 20 people.
It is estimated that 200,000 people die on India's roads every year. And, according to the World Bank, with just 1% of the world’s automobiles, India accounts for 15% of global traffic deaths.
With this in mind I would like to raise funds to achieve 2 aims:
- First, so we can buy Wasim a taxi of his own, enabling him to keep more of the fares he earns.
- Secondly, to donate to the ArriveSafe Campaign in India (Registered Society under Act XXI of 1860) who are an Indian NGO working on Road Safety and Sustainable Transportation issues within the country.
The details: Half of the money received will be used to purchase a taxi to be handed over to Wasim (along with any associated fees for this purchase i.e. fees for a licence/insurance application/etc.) and the other half donated to 'Arrive Safe' Campaign. Any additional funds after the purchase of the car (and expected associated costs), will be donated in full to the 'Arrive Safe Campaign'.
Thank you, and please support so we can make a difference, to this individual, and to the safety of India's roads.