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Update on May 21:
We have started working for Amphan relief in WB with our long term partner Mukti. They are working with 50000 people. The latest update from Mukti is here.
At Asha, we always try to identify the gaps in the ongoing efforts of Government,mobilize communities and play a more active part during the rehabilitation in coming months for our educational projects. However, sometimes there are tough calls to take at grass-root levels in such hellish times and we want to give our on-the-ground Heroes some leverage.
We are working on providing dry ration/tarpaulin sheets/cooked meals/medicine supplies/drinkable water. The relief kit ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 2000 per family. We are working with 5000 families. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL.
The Coronavirus and related lockdowns have affected many without even needing to infect them. While the situation in urban India is starting to ease, the situation in rural India remains grim for many who have depleted their reserves and are still out of work.
- Farmers have been unable to harvest or sell their yeilds, and unable to prepare for the land for the next crop season. Thus agricultural workers have seen annual earnings disappear and lifting of lockdown doesn’t change their situation.
- The fragile eco-systems of other migrant laborers and rural poor have been disrupted. The already mal-nourished are in worse conditions and those with food insecurities are starving.
- Those who don’t have enough to eat daily cannot absorb the time it takes to re-calibrate from changes in transportation and supply-chain logistics.
- Lack of food compromises people’s immune systems further.
The grassroots level organizations that Asha works with are reporting these devastating realities for underprivileged communities – migrant laborers and their children, rural communities, orphans and homeless population.
- Cities are phasing work back into daily life
- Affected poor will continue to be impacted long after city folks are back in the swing of their new-normal lives
Asha has a wide network of committed and trusted community partners who are deeply rooted in their communities and understand the local needs.
While all our projects partners are working for their communities, our partners in rural U.P. And W.Bengal have needed our monetary support the most. Asha is primarily supporting food relief to vulnerable families in monetary terms, although a lot of work is taking place:
- Facilitating bank access for rural families to withdraw Govt provided money from their own Jan Dhan accounts
- Ensuring that people are able to gain access to govt. provided relief
- Maintaining databases of people who do not have the necessary Govt ID to help them apply after lockdown
- Educating communities about distancing, hygiene and dispelling fears and myths
- Arranging medical relief in the midst of disrupted transportation
- Re-thinking the economics of supply and demand in the area to arrive at new paradigms
Asha is raising funds to support the efforts of the local volunteers.
We at Asha Bangalore are reaching out to you to help us expand the work and offer a lifeline to families in crisis. Please be assured that your money will be used well.
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In rural U.P. our partners have reached over 2000 families to deliver education about the disease, logistical help, provisions and hygiene supplies. They are continuing to identify and provide relief to the most vulnerable.
In Phase 1 of the lockdown they worked with the local Sarpanches of over 40 villages to identify the most vulnerable and those who had no access to Govt. Schemes for food. Their needs were carefully considered and met with a 5-day supply kit (typ. family of 5) with dal, rice, soy chunks, biscuits, oil, salt & soap (Rs 600 / family / week). Identified families were given tokens and a schedule was established before-hand to prevent overcrowding. Orderly distribution was done with distancing.
In Phase 2 of the lockdown partners identified special needs families like those with pregnant women, young mothers or those with illnesses or disabilities. Some special provisions were made in communities observing roza. In Phase 3, migrant labourers who have returned home are being supported and restored after their long hardship periods where they were working or for their arduous journeys back home.
In the Sundarban region of W. Bengal, Mukti runs several schools supported by Asha. Approx. 1200 students from these schools are in stage 1 starvation. Mukti has been working to support their other networks of farmers and teachers through other resources, but have requested Asha for help with the rice for families of students at a cost of Rs 450 / family for a month. These are some of the other relief activities:
- Educated communities about Covid
- Run medical camps to relieve lockdown related logistics
- Taken special efforts to serve the elderly
- Provided fish and food for local police stations and hospitals
- Identified the challenges of overcrowding at the limited local wells & implemented a social distancing culture during water collection.
- BE THE DIFFERENCE for 1 or more families.
Food relief kits are between Rs 450 to Rs 600 per family. Please consider supporting up to 3 families (Rs 1350 to 1800). No amount is too small. Your money will support:
- Providing vulnerable families with an essentials kit comprised of basic foods
- Educating area families regarding social distancing and hygiene and how to care for themselves should they become ill
- Involving local and credible community members to increase impact
- Continuing this work as long as the Corona-crisis continues
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