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Rapid action to provide relief packets in Kotra- COVID-19

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A NoteWe are  also raising funds simultaneously from other sources as the magnitude and nature of the problem is changing every day. So if we end up raising any  more money through other sources, our reach of  the families might go up from  the current target of 500 families to 1000 families and other resources  might also go in enhancing the local health facilities. There is serious lack of PPE in the area we are focussing.

We all are aware of the sudden spread of COVID -19 across the world and its intended and unintended consequences. It was declared a public health emergency on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11th march. India registered its first case on 30th January and its started spreading more rapidly in March.  As of 25thmarch, there are more 500 cases reported across India.  From Midnight of 24th Jan 2020, Central government has ordered for nation wide lockdown. This impact people nationally in so many ways and more so people in rural and tribal areas where due to this there is a real danger of people being in home without food.
 
We are a for purpose non- profit company founded to support children achieve their true potential. Our areas of intervention are learning and governance. We do this by following -1.) bringing cluster level systemic change in schools, 2.) developing teacher’s pedagogical leadership skills, 3.) developing creative confidence and entrepreneurial mindset through six-day long learning festivals 4.) building a local movement of educational leaders and developing a culture of dialogue around learning and development.
 
We work in two tribal blocks of Rajasthan in the district of Udaipur and New Delhi. One block which is most marginalized and seem to be most affected is Kotra. The reason being most of the population are migrant workers and due to COVID-19 had to leave their work and come back.
 
Kotra: Nestled amidst the Aravallis and the tributaries of the Sabarmati, it is a place home to the Adivasi tribe. Situated just a 120 kms away from the city of Udaipur, the contrast is questionable due to its demography. Most families are surviving here either thrrough farming or are migrant labors. They migrate to either to Gujrat or Abu road in search of work. All of them have to return to kotra due to COVID-19 lockdown

Our work is rooted in building authentic relationship and working closely with communities to build a collective ownership of public institutions. In the current time when there is restricted mobility and working from home for people who are daily wage workers or working in industries will slowly lead to drying up of both finances and raw food material. Now we understand government has offered Rs 1000 through DBT, it would not be very helpful for people living on the hills and might not be feasible for them travel so far procure either money or food.
 
We collectively feel the need of rising up this challenge and stand up with community given our knowledge of the context and the need here.

Our approach
  • Train a group of 2 volunteer per gram Panchyat with all the necessary precautions/practices like social distancing 
  • Provide them with safety kit (Masks, sanitizers etc)
  • Partner with gram panchayat to get the list of most needy people fulfilling the above criteria
  • Create a data base of them to be able to reach out most effectively in future
  • Partner with Local administration for the supply of food and other government supplies and help in accentuating the government supplies.
  • Create a local network of people for easy access and implementation of government schemes
  • Partner with local government kirana shop for raw materials 
Our solution
  • Relief packet to 500-750 families to cover the food need for the next 10-12 days for families of five 
  • Each relief packet will contain
  • Our phase wise criteria is listed below-
    • Families who do not own land and used to work at their own place under MNREGA or any other work and now are unable to do due to COVID-19
    • Families who does not own land and are migrant labour or daily wage worker and have returned from work due to lockdown because of COVID-19
    • Families whose leading member is disabled
    • Families whose leading member is 60 and more
    • Single Mothers/Widow
    • Children without caretaker
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    On average we want to reach out to 500 - 750 people in the first phase reaching close to 50 to 75 people per gram panchayat.
     
    Second Phase: This will include a sustained support to the families through leveraging the government schemes and ensuring the delivery of the ration to the last mile.
     
    Third Phase: This will include setting up the livelihood support for the displaced families and migrant labors.
     
    Phase Infinity: This is a simultaneous phase which will run across the three phases. To develop alternative learning frameworks for children and teachers to support their continuous learning. This approach will involve developing content, modifying few and leveraging platforms to reach to all the partners, this approach will also focus on building physical learning packs to be delivered to homes of children to maintain the intimacy in learning.

Impact
  • 2500 families getting food for the next 10 days
  • Create a robust network for efficient handling of such situation for future
  • Strong partnership with local government 
  • Credible data base for most vulnerable families

 

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18th June 2020
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support

As we are moving towards the phase-wise opening up of the lockdown, we see the changing needs of the community. We have now directed the focus on children in the community alongside continuing the relief work. We have identified the following areas of focus
- Supporting children with safety kits as they are the most vulnerable
- Starting a health awareness campaign as lack of this causes a lot of anxiety, fear
-Providing communities with phone/devises as most of them lack even a basic phone- In absence of this its becomes very difficult for them to Communicate, leverage government schemes, and contributes to information poverty.
As a next step- we reached out to close to 60 children with safety and learning kits. Moving forward we would like to raise funds to support

-2000 children with 2 masks each and sanitizers
-500 families with a phone.
-Continue to do the relief work as per the needs of the community.

Thank you for your support

Please continue supporting us

In Gratitude,
Team Kshamatalaya

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support

As we are moving towards the phase-wise opening up of the lockdown, we see the changing needs of the community. We have now directed the focus on children in the community alongside continuing the relief work. We have identified the following areas of focus
- Supporting children with safety kits as they are the most vulnerable
- Starting a health awareness campaign as lack of this causes a lot of anxiety, fear
-Providing communities with phone/devises as most of them lack even a basic phone- In absence of this its becomes very difficult for them to Communicate, leverage government schemes, and contributes to information poverty.
As a next step- we reached out to close to 60 children with safety and learning kits. Moving forward we would like to raise funds to support

-2000 children with 2 masks each and sanitizers
-500 families with a phone.
-Continue to do the relief work as per the needs of the community.

Thank you for your support

Please continue supporting us

In Gratitude,
Team Kshamatalaya

25th May 2020
Dear Co-Travellers,

Through your support we have supported more than 700 families reaching close to 3500 people. We would continue to need your support as people will soon will be needing more support as the lockdown continues. We are also planning to do a massive health awareness campaign as there is so little information in the areas we work. As a result of this there is lot of anxiety and fear. This keeps them away from consulting doctors or going to Primary health centres for regular checkups . Pregnant women need's support, or people will symptoms of malaria or TB need to get checked at PHC. Through the massive health awareness we would like to support them in reaching PHC for their check up.

In Gratitude.
Dear Co-Travellers,

Through your support we have supported more than 700 families reaching close to 3500 people. We would continue to need your support as people will soon will be needing more support as the lockdown continues. We are also planning to do a massive health awareness campaign as there is so little information in the areas we work. As a result of this there is lot of anxiety and fear. This keeps them away from consulting doctors or going to Primary health centres for regular checkups . Pregnant women need's support, or people will symptoms of malaria or TB need to get checked at PHC. Through the massive health awareness we would like to support them in reaching PHC for their check up.

In Gratitude.
23rd April 2020
Dear Friends and Well wishers,

As shared in my last update, our approach has been to work in partnership with the government and support in the distributing the ration to the last mile. We have been topping up and complementing the government efforts. Our team visits each household, gets list of people and share it with government. The government provides us with the ration and we facilitate the distribution. Until now we have facilitated distribution of ration to close to 180 families.

We  also realised we need to reach out to more families,  the other need we have identified has been building awareness around the COVID-19. There has been mis- information around the same. This makes working around and bringing behavioural change more difficult. This will require transport support from our side

Moving ahead we have requested Milaap to transfer the funds we have raised so far i.e Rs 139419. We will be utilising this money towards providing direct ration support to the most vulnerable, building awareness in the community through reaching out to every household, sharing Information pamphlet towards sharing health related information due to COVID-19.

I am writing this to share deepest gratitude towards everyone who contributed to this campaign. We are working hard to ensure every support reaches to the most vulnerable families.

We look forward for your continued support  as we are still far from our target.

We will keep you updated on the the progress we would be making through your support. We are tracking the support through an app so we can give them continued support based on the last date when they got ration. Families will requires ration support again after 10 -15 days and this app will helps us keep track of that.
 Sharing a picture from the ground. We purposefully don't take picture of food distribution as we feel they have the first right on the ration.

In gratitude,
Kshamtalaya

PS: We are extending the timeline for the fundraiser as we are in need of more support for the reason we have shared earlier in this message



Dear Friends and Well wishers,

As shared in my last update, our approach has been to work in partnership with the government and support in the distributing the ration to the last mile. We have been topping up and complementing the government efforts. Our team visits each household, gets list of people and share it with government. The government provides us with the ration and we facilitate the distribution. Until now we have facilitated distribution of ration to close to 180 families.

We  also realised we need to reach out to more families,  the other need we have identified has been building awareness around the COVID-19. There has been mis- information around the same. This makes working around and bringing behavioural change more difficult. This will require transport support from our side

Moving ahead we have requested Milaap to transfer the funds we have raised so far i.e Rs 139419. We will be utilising this money towards providing direct ration support to the most vulnerable, building awareness in the community through reaching out to every household, sharing Information pamphlet towards sharing health related information due to COVID-19.

I am writing this to share deepest gratitude towards everyone who contributed to this campaign. We are working hard to ensure every support reaches to the most vulnerable families.

We look forward for your continued support  as we are still far from our target.

We will keep you updated on the the progress we would be making through your support. We are tracking the support through an app so we can give them continued support based on the last date when they got ration. Families will requires ration support again after 10 -15 days and this app will helps us keep track of that.
 Sharing a picture from the ground. We purposefully don't take picture of food distribution as we feel they have the first right on the ration.

In gratitude,
Kshamtalaya

PS: We are extending the timeline for the fundraiser as we are in need of more support for the reason we have shared earlier in this message



Rs.202,862 raised

Goal: Rs.500,000

Beneficiary: Kshamtalaya info_outline
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