ARCHANA HARI, RESIDENT VOLUNTEER. Photographed by Mahesh Venkatasubramanian
Residents of Chennai’s Zone 13, including Archana Hari (centre) crowdfunded Rs 22 lakh for their neighbourhood’s conservancy workers who maintained a near-complete attendance despite the lockdown. Most of these workers came from slum areas, were breadwinners, and earned barely enough to make ends meet for their families. At the event where the corpus was disbursed, it was touching to see how respect for the workers dissolved barriers.