This Diwali, Kochi Will Thank Her ‘Bhais’!
Migrant workers (affectionately known to the Kochi populace as ‘bhais’) are the most hardworking and least-acknowledged section of our working population. Their hard work and efforts have raised many important projects in Kochi.
One of the most talked-about city projects has been the Kochi Metro. First proposed in 2004, the project has overcome numerous obstacles to it’s development. On-site work has progressed rapidly over the past couple of years; by 2016, it will be all set to change the face of Kochi.
All this has been made a reality due to on-the-ground, 24/7 efforts of migrant workers, who left their homes and families behind and came to Kerala in hopes of earning a better income.
So for this Diwali, a group of city professionals decided to launch a community campaign to thank the Metro workers for their hard work. Dubbed ‘Thanks Bhai’, the project is a crowdfunding campaign to thank our Bhais at the Metro (many of whom are not able to go home this Diwali) and celebrate Diwali with them in their second home, Kochi.
Spearheaded by Andrine Mendez and The Kitchen Crew, ‘Thanks Bhai’ has been warmly received by all quarters of the city. The campaign is being ably supported by the Kochi Metro Rail. Andrine has stated that their goal is to deliver gifts and messages of gratitude to all the workers of Kochi Metro, whose numbers are estimated to be around three thousand.
Judging by the response, Kochi set to celebrate Diwali with her Bhais in style. Critics might call this an armchair gesture. But the fact is that movements like this give visibility to our invisible migrants. Without it, we would barely notice their contribution towards building the city we live in.
You can check out the video teaser for Thanks Bhai below:
To show your gratitude for our Bhais, go to thanksbhai.com and post a ‘thank you’ message.