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Help Reduce Anxiety And Fear In Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The spread of COVID-19 has significantly pronounced the need for addressing the mental health needs of individuals, particularly children and caregivers in marginalized and low-income communities.

With the spread of the virus in slum communities, loss of income and job opportunities, being locked in small home spaces, many a time with difficult family situations, the life situations of many young children and their caregivers have become grim with rising fear, anxiety and inability to manage complex emotions in such ambiguous times.

The intersectionality of poverty and mental health is well-documented. Lower mental health and higher stress has also been linked to decreased immunity, hence increasing the probability of infection.

Apni Shala has been working with children, educators and families from low-income homes, through for the last 7 years in Mumbai’s L, M-east and M-west wards (Kurla, Ghatkopar, Chembur, Govandi, and Mankhurd), three of the least developed wards in the city.

With a focus on promotive and preventive mental health, Apni Shala’s initiatives focus on building stronger social skills and developing deeper emotional resilience.

Apni Shala team is working with over 4500 children, over 200 educators, and more than 300 families to destigmatize mental health, create awareness, and help individuals develop better mental health capacities and create a safe environment for others around them.

In direct response to (1) reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection and (2) provide families with information access and mental wellbeing support, the funds raised through this campaign will be utilized towards:

1) Develop age-appropriate, audience-relevant Mental Health resources:
  • Resources developed for diverse age groups (children, adults, caregivers, youth, etc) and languages (English, Hindi, Marathi)
  • Disseminated through Whatsapp, social media and other online channels easily accessible to communities
Here are some sample resources developed in last few days.

2) Design and facilitate online mental wellbeing workshops: With Apni Shala’s core competency to build social-emotional skills for children and adults, we aim to take our workshops online. This will serve children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, social sector workers/leaders, and caregivers.

Here's a list of workshop being offered in the 1st phase.

3) Offer support to children and caregivers: Apni Shala team has curated COVID-19 resources, customized for communities we serve. Using phone calls and Whatsapp (which has high penetration in communities), the team is providing support in the following ways:
  • Connect parents and families in low-income communities with information and support already available on available COVID-19 from government and other organizations/individuals in their area with respect to food, grains, medicines, etc
  • Offer mental health first-aid to children and adults in distress (with a focus on preventive/promotive mental health)

Join team Apni Shala in serving some of the most marginalized migrant communities in this city.

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16th May 2020
Dear Supporter,
Thank you for your continued encouragement!
We are happy to share that one of the donors will be matching every donation made from 18th May 2020 onwards, till the sum total value of these donations reaches Rs.1,00,000.  Hence we have extended our campaign timelines by 2 weeks.
Please share it in your networks.
We hope you are taking good care of yourself. If there is anyway we can help you, within our expertise - please feel free to reach out to us. Write to us at rohit@apnishala.org.
We will soon be giving the programmatic update. Till then,

More power to you,
Team Apni Shala

Dear Supporter,
Thank you for your continued encouragement!
We are happy to share that one of the donors will be matching every donation made from 18th May 2020 onwards, till the sum total value of these donations reaches Rs.1,00,000.  Hence we have extended our campaign timelines by 2 weeks.
Please share it in your networks.
We hope you are taking good care of yourself. If there is anyway we can help you, within our expertise - please feel free to reach out to us. Write to us at rohit@apnishala.org.
We will soon be giving the programmatic update. Till then,

More power to you,
Team Apni Shala

15th May 2020
This week, Apni Shala team, through our initiative to "connect families in low-income communities with information and support already available on available COVID-19 from government and other organizations/individuals in their area with respect to food, grains, medicines, etc", was able to provide ration and other basic support to 55 families. We are grateful to Purvi from Aims Foundation who helped with providing the packets and Anukriti for supporting the transportation cost. Siddhesh Bhosale from our team directly supervised the distribution to ensure that all families in need to receive it:





On social-emotional support, we were able to provide training to over 30 counselors, mental health workers, and educators on how to use storybooks for social-emotional support in these times. Along with that, Amrita Nair, Sangeeta Zombade, and Akash Gaikwad from our team ran separate workshops for children on storytelling, read-aloud and resilience building.

We have also released two new resources for parents to use for social-emotional wellbeing for children at home.

Coming up:
  • Rohit Kumar and Bimba Chavan are facilitating an online workshop on 16th May on Identity and Wellbeing ( http://bit.ly/asfwellbeing) - All our donors are invited to join in.
  • Amrita Nair, Krutika Khare, and Abhijeet Dhurve are facilitating a webinar on Social-Emotional Learning for over 40 teachers from Pune Municipal Corporation.
  • Working with partners to provide ration to over 800 families in Mankhurd, Mumbai.
  • Rohit Kumar will be speaking on mental health at a panel discussion organized by Arthan Careers.
  • Ongoing psycho-social support the families and children through calls and WhatsApp.
This week, Apni Shala team, through our initiative to "connect families in low-income communities with information and support already available on available COVID-19 from government and other organizations/individuals in their area with respect to food, grains, medicines, etc", was able to provide ration and other basic support to 55 families. We are grateful to Purvi from Aims Foundation who helped with providing the packets and Anukriti for supporting the transportation cost. Siddhesh Bhosale from our team directly supervised the distribution to ensure that all families in need to receive it:





On social-emotional support, we were able to provide training to over 30 counselors, mental health workers, and educators on how to use storybooks for social-emotional support in these times. Along with that, Amrita Nair, Sangeeta Zombade, and Akash Gaikwad from our team ran separate workshops for children on storytelling, read-aloud and resilience building.

We have also released two new resources for parents to use for social-emotional wellbeing for children at home.

Coming up:
  • Rohit Kumar and Bimba Chavan are facilitating an online workshop on 16th May on Identity and Wellbeing ( http://bit.ly/asfwellbeing) - All our donors are invited to join in.
  • Amrita Nair, Krutika Khare, and Abhijeet Dhurve are facilitating a webinar on Social-Emotional Learning for over 40 teachers from Pune Municipal Corporation.
  • Working with partners to provide ration to over 800 families in Mankhurd, Mumbai.
  • Rohit Kumar will be speaking on mental health at a panel discussion organized by Arthan Careers.
  • Ongoing psycho-social support the families and children through calls and WhatsApp.
9th May 2020

We are grateful to all our supporters. Here's an update on what all we have been able to achieve through this project:1) Reach out to over 150 families in Kurla, Ghatkopar, and Chembur areas for relief support and mental health check-in. Direct relief provided to over 35 families and about 50 more in this week is underway. Provided required support to over 300 families with food, medicines, and sanitizers in Lallubhai Compound, Mankhurd.




2) worked with over 150 children, youth, and adults on social-emotional wellbeing, resilience, mindfulness and mental health through online workshops. Many participants were from low and middle-income homes.






3) Released 10 online resources for caregivers, parents, and teachers for supporting mental wellbeing for adults and children during the lockdown. Hindi and Marathi translation for these resources are in progress.


We are grateful to all our supporters. Here's an update on what all we have been able to achieve through this project:1) Reach out to over 150 families in Kurla, Ghatkopar, and Chembur areas for relief support and mental health check-in. Direct relief provided to over 35 families and about 50 more in this week is underway. Provided required support to over 300 families with food, medicines, and sanitizers in Lallubhai Compound, Mankhurd.




2) worked with over 150 children, youth, and adults on social-emotional wellbeing, resilience, mindfulness and mental health through online workshops. Many participants were from low and middle-income homes.






3) Released 10 online resources for caregivers, parents, and teachers for supporting mental wellbeing for adults and children during the lockdown. Hindi and Marathi translation for these resources are in progress.

Rs.738,637 raised

Goal: Rs.1,000,000

6 Days to go

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