Low-income jobs—line such as that of labourers, cooks, porters, delivery workers, sanitary staff etc, mostly can’t be done remotely, and the majority of low-income jobs don’t offer paid sick days. Low-income people are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured for medical care, and for many, even stocking up the pantry can be an impossible financial hurdle. Also, Government Hospitals would not practically be able to take care of all affected ones belonging to this stratum of the society. Lacking resources to prepare and protect against the COVID-19, many of these individuals face a higher risk of contracting—and subsequently spreading—the virus.
There’s a rippling effect, to this too. As the Governments at both Central & States level along with health departments scramble to address the COVID-19 outbreak in India, they are shutting down schools, creating containment zones, and enforcing quarantines—moves that, again, often have enormous, if unintended, ensuing effects on poorer people. Many low-income children rely on free and reduced school meals for their daily nutrition, and low-income parents can’t always afford child care when their school age kids are suddenly home all day. As schools across the nation float virtual learning in lieu of traditional classroom instruction, the millions of households that lack access to high speed internet might be out of luck. Though in Government schools, the fee is subsidized; however, in the absence of liquidity the parents may not be able to fulfil the basic educational requirements of their children.
The COVID-19 outbreak hasn’t caused these underlying problems, but it has highlighted the deficits within the fragile social safety nets across the Globe. The Policies and Guidelines don’t do more to take social inequalities into account when forming preparedness plans. By ignoring these realities, everyone is worse off. In other words, failing to help low-income people prevent, treat and endure COVID-19 might come back to hurt us all in the end.
We run an NGO called ‘Bodhi’, which is a Sanskrit term meaning "enlightenment" or "awakening." It refers to the understanding of truth, which is possessed by a bodhisattva. In ancient scriptures, the path to liberation from the cycle of rebirth (moksha) is a path of coming out of delusional beliefs to find the Truth. This path is referred to as the awakening, which results in an understanding of life and consciousness-- or BODHI.
Our initiative ‘Education Support to Corona Impacted’ under Bodhi is about comprehending with empathy & compassion that life in India has largely been put on hold, hitting businesses and their employees hard. Many sectors are already witnessing widespread redundancies, with firms warning thousands or even more jobs could be wiped out. The COVID - 19 outbreak, is likely to leave a huge scar in the Indian job market. The pandemic would be a huge leveller, as it will impact jobs of not just the lower income group, but also of those who are in the mid and high-income brackets. But the impact COVID will have on the lower income groups is unimaginable. In the turbulent times that we all are facing today; our initiative shall be a catalyst in shaping the shared growth, prosperity and inclusive economic growth agenda of the Nation. By supporting the education and the related needs of these young guns, we will be able to save the future of the Nation. It’s a war that is being fought on multiple fronts. This is something which doesn’t catch the eye immediately especially when the focus is on stopping the spread of the pandemic and saving lives. Just like Business Continuity Planning can we, in such unprecedented trying times, also consider Education/Learning Continuity Planning? Lack of resources should not force even a single soul to skip the education. After all, we need to raise well-read kids to save the future.
However, we cannot do this alone!! Extending one hand to help somebody has more value than joining two hands for prayers. Be a part of a passionate community of people determined to transform our collective future making sure that not even a single kid is left behind.
With this fund raising, we intend to support 500 such needy children’s education (school level only) for a period of 1 (One) year to ensure uninterrupted career for them. We intend to generate a sum of Rs. 48,00,000/-through this campaign and shall keep our donors posted on the implementation as well.