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Support Children of Informal Workers Affected By COVID Lockdown

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TL;DR Summary: The COVID Lockdown has disturbed the livelihoods of millions of informal workers across the country, including domestic workers, street vendors and construction workers. Their children are some of the worst affected in these troubled times. Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust, through Sangini Cooperative, a SEWA childcare initiative, are redirecting our efforts to feed these children in their time of need. For as little as ₹35, you can sustain a child's life for a day through the COVID pandemic.

Long Form: The current COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many weaknesses of our social security net which supports the less fortunate members of our society. Sangini Cooperative is an initiative by SEWA to maximise the welfare of its members and improve the development of their children as best as possible through the provision of basic child care alongside developmental activities like health check-ups, pre-primary education and parental awareness drives. It is supported by Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust (LSST) and is currently running 11 centres in various neighbourhoods of Ahmedabad city managed by teams of ‘Balsevikas’ or child care workers since our establishment in 1986.
The Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) was registered as a trade union in 1972 to improve and enable the access to livelihood opportunities through the joint actions of struggle and development. SEWA organises mass campaigns and supports women to raise their voices against injustice and at the same time, undertake collective, constructive action for the well-being of the working poor. Today, the union has 1.8 million members across 18 states of India. SEWA’s is an integrated, holistic approach to organising action for social change. The primary goals of SEWA are achieving full-employment and self-reliance for its members i.e. women undertaking informal work.
In more normal times, SEWA childcare centres have had a positive impact on children’s overall growth and development especially through improved nutrition and hygiene at a nominal cost to the families. It has improved the working life and mobility of mothers by offering flexible timings matched to the needs of women within the community. Since ‘balsevikas’ are drawn from within the same community as the working women, they are well placed to take on leadership roles in navigating troubling times.
Since the institution of social distancing, self-isolation and lockdown measures have taken over the country in March, our members and their communities have been struggling to sustain themselves without a secure source of livelihood. Sangini has taken steps to prepare and provide basic nourishment to our members to tide them through these troubled times. However, we are not equipped to handle this effort for long with the limited resources available at our disposal presently.
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28th November 2020
Dear all,

We hope that we find you in good health after the conclusion of an eerily different festive period past. Belated wishes to you and your families from us at SEWA Sangini and Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust.
Over the past six months, SEWA Sangini and Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust (LSST), with support of the funds our supporters have donated through Milaap, have taken up measures to support the nutritional needs of our members’ children through the lockdown and the months of reopening that followed it.
Our members come from some of the segments worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as domestic workers, construction workers and home-based artisans. They have largely lost part, if not all, of their incomes which were a major source of their families' livelihood and are still recovering from the losses incurred in the preceding period. Our goal at SEWA Sangini is to ensure that our members' children have the best possible base upon which to build their futures so that they are able to access a better life.

In an ideal world, our work to improve these children’s early-stage health and education development would have returned to full functioning normalcy with the easing of restrictions after the two months of intensive national lockdowns earlier this year. However, the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Gujarat (especially in many low-income neighborhoods of Ahmedabad in which we operate) has made it difficult for us to return to servicing these children’s needs.
That said, we have recently restarted our work with the children in a limited manner, albeit in a staggered and socially-distanced manner by reducing the number of children in our centers at any given time. Children come to our centers on a rotational basis every second or third day so as to minimize crowding and enable some basic health and education work to take place.
Our Balsevikas, upon whom we so highly depend for enabling SEWA Sangini’s childcare work, have been instrumental in ensuring our children receive the best possible opportunities despite the hurdles placed in front of them by the pandemic. We have also trained them in the health measures required to minimize the spread of COVID-19 which they have helped us disseminate to the children in our centers and amongst their wider communities using WhatsApp. All our efforts would be meaningless without their work and energy which we would like to acknowledge and highlight here.

We would also like to take this opportunity to request our kind donors to share this campaign with your family, friends and colleagues so that we may continue taking forward our work in the months to come. We are extremely thankful for your generous contributions during these troubled times, a move that has strengthened us to continue our work and ensure the best possible developmental outcomes for our member women and their families to the fullest extent of our abilities.

Campaign link:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-lok-swasthya-sewa-trust

We would like to conclude by sending wishes for the festive season along with safety and health in these most unusual of times. Cheers!
Dear all,

We hope that we find you in good health after the conclusion of an eerily different festive period past. Belated wishes to you and your families from us at SEWA Sangini and Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust.
Over the past six months, SEWA Sangini and Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust (LSST), with support of the funds our supporters have donated through Milaap, have taken up measures to support the nutritional needs of our members’ children through the lockdown and the months of reopening that followed it.
Our members come from some of the segments worst affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as domestic workers, construction workers and home-based artisans. They have largely lost part, if not all, of their incomes which were a major source of their families' livelihood and are still recovering from the losses incurred in the preceding period. Our goal at SEWA Sangini is to ensure that our members' children have the best possible base upon which to build their futures so that they are able to access a better life.

In an ideal world, our work to improve these children’s early-stage health and education development would have returned to full functioning normalcy with the easing of restrictions after the two months of intensive national lockdowns earlier this year. However, the rapid spread of the coronavirus in Gujarat (especially in many low-income neighborhoods of Ahmedabad in which we operate) has made it difficult for us to return to servicing these children’s needs.
That said, we have recently restarted our work with the children in a limited manner, albeit in a staggered and socially-distanced manner by reducing the number of children in our centers at any given time. Children come to our centers on a rotational basis every second or third day so as to minimize crowding and enable some basic health and education work to take place.
Our Balsevikas, upon whom we so highly depend for enabling SEWA Sangini’s childcare work, have been instrumental in ensuring our children receive the best possible opportunities despite the hurdles placed in front of them by the pandemic. We have also trained them in the health measures required to minimize the spread of COVID-19 which they have helped us disseminate to the children in our centers and amongst their wider communities using WhatsApp. All our efforts would be meaningless without their work and energy which we would like to acknowledge and highlight here.

We would also like to take this opportunity to request our kind donors to share this campaign with your family, friends and colleagues so that we may continue taking forward our work in the months to come. We are extremely thankful for your generous contributions during these troubled times, a move that has strengthened us to continue our work and ensure the best possible developmental outcomes for our member women and their families to the fullest extent of our abilities.

Campaign link:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-lok-swasthya-sewa-trust

We would like to conclude by sending wishes for the festive season along with safety and health in these most unusual of times. Cheers!
15th April 2020
Greetings from Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust,
Hope that you are all doing well through this extended lockdown. Our team at LSST and Sangini Cooperative are taking steps towards providing nutritious and hot cooked meals to hundreds of children across our 11 centres in Ahmedabad.  We have also increased the safety measures taken by our Balsevikas through the provision and usage of homemade masks.
We are working with a number of our institutional partners and well-wishers to improve health outcomes of the children even in these troubled times and there are projects that we are working on that we hope to involve you all in going forward.

Through SEWA's model of engaging communities in their own development, we have managed to create social support systems which are helping them weather the lockdown.

Our food is nutritious and easy for infants/toddlers/young children to digest, through a mix of rice, daal and vegetables to ensure the best support for the community. There is a special focus being given to childhood wellbeing.

We would again like to thank our generous donors and well-wishers for their continued support for our campaign and we'd appreciate it if you could continue supporting our efforts by sharing it extensively within your networks to extend our reach and move us towards achieving our funding goal.
Greetings from Lok Swasthya SEWA Trust,
Hope that you are all doing well through this extended lockdown. Our team at LSST and Sangini Cooperative are taking steps towards providing nutritious and hot cooked meals to hundreds of children across our 11 centres in Ahmedabad.  We have also increased the safety measures taken by our Balsevikas through the provision and usage of homemade masks.
We are working with a number of our institutional partners and well-wishers to improve health outcomes of the children even in these troubled times and there are projects that we are working on that we hope to involve you all in going forward.

Through SEWA's model of engaging communities in their own development, we have managed to create social support systems which are helping them weather the lockdown.

Our food is nutritious and easy for infants/toddlers/young children to digest, through a mix of rice, daal and vegetables to ensure the best support for the community. There is a special focus being given to childhood wellbeing.

We would again like to thank our generous donors and well-wishers for their continued support for our campaign and we'd appreciate it if you could continue supporting our efforts by sharing it extensively within your networks to extend our reach and move us towards achieving our funding goal.
6th April 2020
As requested by some of our donors and other well-wishers, here is the list of centres from which we are presently operating our nutritious food programme for children of workers in the informal sector.
  1. Near Haribhai Godani Hospital, Opp. UCO Bank,
    Pathan Ni Chali, Saraspur Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380018
  2. Pickers’ Chali (Near City Gold Cinema),
    Anil starch Road,
    Saraspur Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380018
  3. Side and services (Opp. Ganj Shahid Dargah),
    Danilimda Road,
    Ahmedabad - 380022
  4. Lane No. 4, Opp. Saiyyadwadi,
    Kutubnagar, Vatva,
    Ahmedabad - 382440
  5. Kutbi Mohallah (Near Golden Cinema),
    Vatva,
    Ahmedabad - 382440
  6. Vora Ni Chali (Near Asarwa Bridge),
    Idgah, Asarwa Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  7. Patni Sanjognagar (Near Rameshwar Mahadev Temple),
    Meghani Nagar,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  8. Kadiya Ni Chali (Near Santoshimata Temple),
    Chamanpura, Asarwa Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  9. Hasanjiva Ni Chali (Near Dr. Babubhai’s Clinic),
    Chamanpura Chakla, Chamanpura,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  10. Sharif Pathan Ni Chali (Beside Aryan Residency),
    (Opp. Amul Dairy parlour, Near Saijpur Tower),
    Naroda,
    Ahmedabad - 382345
  11. Ekta Society, Rajiv nagar-5 (Beside Swapnil Complex),
    Jivraj Park, Vejalpur Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380015
As requested by some of our donors and other well-wishers, here is the list of centres from which we are presently operating our nutritious food programme for children of workers in the informal sector.
  1. Near Haribhai Godani Hospital, Opp. UCO Bank,
    Pathan Ni Chali, Saraspur Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380018
  2. Pickers’ Chali (Near City Gold Cinema),
    Anil starch Road,
    Saraspur Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380018
  3. Side and services (Opp. Ganj Shahid Dargah),
    Danilimda Road,
    Ahmedabad - 380022
  4. Lane No. 4, Opp. Saiyyadwadi,
    Kutubnagar, Vatva,
    Ahmedabad - 382440
  5. Kutbi Mohallah (Near Golden Cinema),
    Vatva,
    Ahmedabad - 382440
  6. Vora Ni Chali (Near Asarwa Bridge),
    Idgah, Asarwa Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  7. Patni Sanjognagar (Near Rameshwar Mahadev Temple),
    Meghani Nagar,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  8. Kadiya Ni Chali (Near Santoshimata Temple),
    Chamanpura, Asarwa Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  9. Hasanjiva Ni Chali (Near Dr. Babubhai’s Clinic),
    Chamanpura Chakla, Chamanpura,
    Ahmedabad - 380016
  10. Sharif Pathan Ni Chali (Beside Aryan Residency),
    (Opp. Amul Dairy parlour, Near Saijpur Tower),
    Naroda,
    Ahmedabad - 382345
  11. Ekta Society, Rajiv nagar-5 (Beside Swapnil Complex),
    Jivraj Park, Vejalpur Ward,
    Ahmedabad - 380015
Rs.110,691 raised

Goal: Rs.1,000,000

Beneficiary: Lok Swasthya SE... info_outline
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