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Many people who helped us in normal times are struggling today to pay bills. These include daily wage earners like rickshaw and taxi drivers, mall workers, maids, street vendors and others in the unorganized sector. CORO, a 30-year old NGO, works with these communities in Mumbai. We will distribute food packages, masks, sanitizers and soap to people who have been hit by the short-term closure of businesses. The amount needed is much larger and the Government will help eventually. But in the meanwhile. let's help some of these people today.

Thanks so much to all of you who have donated to this cause ... I will reach out to all you non-anonymous donors who I know to personally thank you, but for the rest "Thanks so much".  Please spread the word so that more people can be helped.

If any of you want to know more about the work of CORO, you can go to www.coroindia.org

Our current partners and donors include (in alphabetic order) ActionAid, ATE, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Cigna Foundation, EdelGive, Educo, GMSP, HSBC, Leaders' Quest, Tata Trusts, UNICEF and UN Women. They have funded the work we do in Grassroots Leadership, Women Empowerment, Gender Sensitization and our regional campaigns (Right To Pee, Single Women, Water Scarcity, Forest Rights, etc)


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3rd April 2020
I apologize for the delay in posting updates, due to some technical glitch. We have increased our target because we are now confident about our delivery capability over a larger geography and the need for aid just keeps growing. We still believe that the government will start providing supplies to most of the people we are supporting, but till then, CORO and other NGOs will have to fill the gap.

So far we have spent Rs 45 lakhs on relief work. We are also grateful to a large bank for giving us 1,100 food packs directly, outside of the Milaap fundraise,  valued at Rs 10.57 lakhs. 

Today we will start distribution in Rajasthan. We are also starting a pilot to manufacture and distribute non-surgical masks. This will also help local tailors, whose businesses have come to a halt, to earn some income.

The support that we have received from all of you has been overwhelming. Here are some more photographs of our work and we are grateful to the local administration and police for their support. We have not had the chance to pause and thank each of you individually; we will do so soon.

We are pleased that Faye D'Souza also talked about CORO's work in her latest update on what people can do to help others during the Lockdown.

 







Our collective Impact so far:

I apologize for the delay in posting updates, due to some technical glitch. We have increased our target because we are now confident about our delivery capability over a larger geography and the need for aid just keeps growing. We still believe that the government will start providing supplies to most of the people we are supporting, but till then, CORO and other NGOs will have to fill the gap.

So far we have spent Rs 45 lakhs on relief work. We are also grateful to a large bank for giving us 1,100 food packs directly, outside of the Milaap fundraise,  valued at Rs 10.57 lakhs. 

Today we will start distribution in Rajasthan. We are also starting a pilot to manufacture and distribute non-surgical masks. This will also help local tailors, whose businesses have come to a halt, to earn some income.

The support that we have received from all of you has been overwhelming. Here are some more photographs of our work and we are grateful to the local administration and police for their support. We have not had the chance to pause and thank each of you individually; we will do so soon.

We are pleased that Faye D'Souza also talked about CORO's work in her latest update on what people can do to help others during the Lockdown.

 







Our collective Impact so far:

3rd April 2020
Dear Donors,

Thanks for the support and love.

Here is an update on the Relief Work by CORO on the backdrop of Lockdown Due to CVOID- 19 thus far. It's a long update. 

CORO works with the most marginalized communities in Maharashtra spread in Mumbai, Marathwada, Western Maharashtra, Vidarbha, North Maharashtra and Konkan regions. The relief covers both the urban and rural part of these regions.

Identification of affected areas:
We started with identifying the most affected part of our work areas due to Corona outbreak and listed down the following areas to start the relief work in. :
  1. Mumbai,- Mumbai Suburb (East and West ) - Shivaji Nagar, Bainganwadi, Goandi, P.L.Lokhande Marg, Vashinaka, Vileparle, Bhandup, UlhasNagar, Kurla
  2. Marathwada- 275 villages in 10 blocks
  3. Western Maharashtra - Satara, Sangli, Kolahpur, Solapur, Pune
  4. Konkan- Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg
  5. Vidarbha : Akola, Amravati, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Yavatmal
  6. North Maharshtra:  Ahmanagar, Nashik, Nandurbar, Dhule
Identification of people / communities in need of support :
The following criteria was applied to identify people
Social Backwardness: We have been working with most marginalised communities such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribe, Nomadic tribe, other backword classes, Muslims etc. These communities are already socially backward and economic status of most of the members from these communities are very low due to their social status. Even among these communities, majority of our intervention is focused with vulnerable groups such as women, children, differently abled, elder, transgender etc. For example, we have selected many widow and deserted women from Marathwada and people from Katkari tribe from Konkan which is already declared on of the primitive and most vulnerable tribe of India.
 
Economic background: Most of our people are involved in occupations such as daily wage labour (Agriculture/Construction/Non agriculture), domestic helpers, auto-taxi drivers, self-employed (sewing/petty shop owners/Hawkers), working on petrol pumps-hotels-cloth stores, beggars, unemployed etc. These people are already affected due to lockdown. Most of them used to get daily wages who are not able to get during lockdown. Also those who were getting monthly salaries, they will not get any amount for the days they are away from their jobs due to lockdown. Most of these people do not have any social security such as provident funds, insurance, Mediclaim and other benefits. Many people are landless or they do not possess any financial resources to sustain them.
 
Geographical situation: We work in areas like Marathwada, Maan district of Satara, Forest areas of Vidarbha, Slums of Mumbai where lack of access to basic amenities, migration, draught and other natural calamities are common. These situations have made our communities more vulnerable.
 
Even from the above situation, we have selected families with more vulnerability such as families with no or minimal land, women headed families, families who do not stock any kind of food or grains due to not having agricultural lands. We have preferred such families who will starve if not supported.  
 
We had detailed conference call with each regional level team, programme/process team to assess the situation and asked them to share on ground situation and prepare the list of affected people. We identified the people with the help of our programme and campaign team as well as local partner organizations in the grassroots and their team.  
 
Mumbai – Here our Community Registration Centre members and team from Right To Pee campaign identified people and prepared their list as they are constantly in touch with the people in these areas as a part of their day to day work.

Marathwada – Three women leaders and Sahelis in each village identified the families
Western Maharashtra – We had dialogue with local partner organizations.  Our one grassroots leader works in 3 villages and each has a support group, they together have identified the families in need.
Konkan – Team members from property rights campaign and women leaders in each village listed the affected people.
Nandurbar, Beed & Satara – Social animators, Women and Youth groups helped in the identification process.  
Vidarbha : Ex-leaders, mentors from our grassroots leadership development programmes, local partner organizations helped the process  of identification and listing.
North Maharashtra : Leaders and support groups from the women empowerment and grassroots leadership programme facilitated the identification and listing process.

We identified the following people for immediate support:
Mumbai- Day wagers, street vendors, train venders, beggars , domestic helpers, Jari workers , small scale industries like chappal making , single women and migrants having no ration cards or any other identity document to avail government support/supplies.
Marathwada- Single Women (Widow, deserted and unmarried) who have no alternative for livelihood in the pandemic situation. Most of them are daily wage agricultural labours, some of them work in cloth stores, hospitals, petrol pumps and as housemaids.

Konkan- Tribal families which include Katkari (One of the primitive tribes of India) and Thakar community. Single women, Vadar community (road construction workers), Dalit community, migrants, housemaids and agriculture labours.
Western Maharashtra – Landless, daily wagers and single women
Nandurbar, Beed & Satara - Family where the earning member has migrated for livelihood, Families living on daily wages, Landless families, Families of farm workers.
Vidarbha : Labourers, Farm workers
North Maharashtra : Marginalized families

Steps taken to facilitate the process with ease:
  • Preparation of context specific list of material Eg. Rice is not eaten much in Marathwada so its quantity is reduced and groundnuts are added as it is consumed more in the region. 
  • Approaching local authorities such as Tehsildars and Police /Traffic Officials to obtain permissions for food distribution. 
  • Identifying and approaching local grocery stores (block, basti, village  level) to understand their rates and their capacity to provide required material, packaging and transportation of the goods. It is being ensured that the shop keepers are reputed and known to our volunteers to avoid any problems in further action. 
  • List of people, bank details of shop keepers, permission letters (if obtained) has to be   shared with office for further process.  
  • We are making advance payment to the vendors/shop keepers. After getting the amount the shop keepers are preparing grocery kits as per the list and also helping us in arranging the transportation. 
  • Identification of key locations where delivery of these goods will be given and our volunteers will receive it in their custody and then distribute.
  • Ensuring that our team members involved in distributing will maintain social distancing and precautions for their own and others safety. 
  • As there are restrictions on physical mobility, we have ensured that maximum work is done through telephones and WhatsApp. Precautionary measures are being taken during transportation of materials.    

Distribution of help packages / kits
Mumbai: We started the relief work in Mumbai and extended the support to other parts of Maharashtra.
In Mumbai we have delivered the first round of emergency family packs to 800 households. We began with our intervention areas in  Mumbai communities in places like Chembur, Govandi, Mankhurd and Vashi Naka. The kits, each weighing 15 kgs, contain rice, wheat flour, edible oil, sugar and salt, pulses, poha, tea, biscuits, soaps and a pack of sanitary napkins.  These packs were delivered by D-mart agency to our office and then distributed to respective areas by of community leaders with volunteers. Apart from this 50 families from Malavani have received the family packs. Help to 800+ families is under process.
Marathwada : Total 794 families from Paranada, Tuljapur, Lohara,Kej, Ambejogai, Beed,Chakur, Jalkot, Renapur, Mukhed, Kandhar, Pathari, Kalamnuri blocks are being helped. The distribution of grocery kits has been started on 02/04/2020.
Konkan : 750 families from Karjat, Chiplun , Kankawali blocks will be helped.  The process is on.
Western Maharashtra: Total 1358 families are being helped with groceries kits. The distribution commenced on 02/04/2020. These families are from Dahiwadi, Karad, Shirala, Khanapur, Miraj , Jat, Hatkangale, Chandgad, Sangola blocks and Ambedkar Nagar (Pune).
Vidarbha : The distribution of grocery kits to helping 415 families from Ghatnaji, Brahmpuri, Chandrapur, Pawani, Lakhni , Lakhandur, Nandgaon Khandeshawar, Akola, Telahara blocks is in process.
North Maharshtra :  836 families from Shrirampur, Navapur, Nandurbar, Ahmadnagar, Shrigonda, Jamkhed , Dhule City are being helped.

This is the status quo of the distribution of grocery kits going on presently. More number of lists are also being prepared. Accordingly the help packages will be distributed to the needy ones.

The required documentation
  • Signature from each family is being taken for while distribution of help packages.
  • We take photograph of each distribution. In addition to that, we will have documents like bill from grocery stores and transportation, bank records of money transfer to vendors. 
Fundraising Status:
To support the relief work CORO started its online drive on Milaap to collect funds on March 22, 2020. We also approached our philanthropic partners/supporters. Milaap supported us by charging no administration fees on fund collection efforts. Also our supporters like ACTIS, EdelGive Foundation, philanthropic individuals from our network, Sketch, Axis Bank Foundation, SBI Foundation etc.

Please do note that CORO gives 80G tax exemption certificates to all the donors who have contributed in Indian National Ruppees. Please verify your payment in Milaap by giving your details, in case you haven't. We will be sending out the certificates soon.

I am attaching a few pictures -

 








Thanks
Dear Donors,

Thanks for the support and love.

Here is an update on the Relief Work by CORO on the backdrop of Lockdown Due to CVOID- 19 thus far. It's a long update. 

CORO works with the most marginalized communities in Maharashtra spread in Mumbai, Marathwada, Western Maharashtra, Vidarbha, North Maharashtra and Konkan regions. The relief covers both the urban and rural part of these regions.

Identification of affected areas:
We started with identifying the most affected part of our work areas due to Corona outbreak and listed down the following areas to start the relief work in. :
  1. Mumbai,- Mumbai Suburb (East and West ) - Shivaji Nagar, Bainganwadi, Goandi, P.L.Lokhande Marg, Vashinaka, Vileparle, Bhandup, UlhasNagar, Kurla
  2. Marathwada- 275 villages in 10 blocks
  3. Western Maharashtra - Satara, Sangli, Kolahpur, Solapur, Pune
  4. Konkan- Raigarh, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg
  5. Vidarbha : Akola, Amravati, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Yavatmal
  6. North Maharshtra:  Ahmanagar, Nashik, Nandurbar, Dhule
Identification of people / communities in need of support :
The following criteria was applied to identify people
Social Backwardness: We have been working with most marginalised communities such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribe, Nomadic tribe, other backword classes, Muslims etc. These communities are already socially backward and economic status of most of the members from these communities are very low due to their social status. Even among these communities, majority of our intervention is focused with vulnerable groups such as women, children, differently abled, elder, transgender etc. For example, we have selected many widow and deserted women from Marathwada and people from Katkari tribe from Konkan which is already declared on of the primitive and most vulnerable tribe of India.
 
Economic background: Most of our people are involved in occupations such as daily wage labour (Agriculture/Construction/Non agriculture), domestic helpers, auto-taxi drivers, self-employed (sewing/petty shop owners/Hawkers), working on petrol pumps-hotels-cloth stores, beggars, unemployed etc. These people are already affected due to lockdown. Most of them used to get daily wages who are not able to get during lockdown. Also those who were getting monthly salaries, they will not get any amount for the days they are away from their jobs due to lockdown. Most of these people do not have any social security such as provident funds, insurance, Mediclaim and other benefits. Many people are landless or they do not possess any financial resources to sustain them.
 
Geographical situation: We work in areas like Marathwada, Maan district of Satara, Forest areas of Vidarbha, Slums of Mumbai where lack of access to basic amenities, migration, draught and other natural calamities are common. These situations have made our communities more vulnerable.
 
Even from the above situation, we have selected families with more vulnerability such as families with no or minimal land, women headed families, families who do not stock any kind of food or grains due to not having agricultural lands. We have preferred such families who will starve if not supported.  
 
We had detailed conference call with each regional level team, programme/process team to assess the situation and asked them to share on ground situation and prepare the list of affected people. We identified the people with the help of our programme and campaign team as well as local partner organizations in the grassroots and their team.  
 
Mumbai – Here our Community Registration Centre members and team from Right To Pee campaign identified people and prepared their list as they are constantly in touch with the people in these areas as a part of their day to day work.

Marathwada – Three women leaders and Sahelis in each village identified the families
Western Maharashtra – We had dialogue with local partner organizations.  Our one grassroots leader works in 3 villages and each has a support group, they together have identified the families in need.
Konkan – Team members from property rights campaign and women leaders in each village listed the affected people.
Nandurbar, Beed & Satara – Social animators, Women and Youth groups helped in the identification process.  
Vidarbha : Ex-leaders, mentors from our grassroots leadership development programmes, local partner organizations helped the process  of identification and listing.
North Maharashtra : Leaders and support groups from the women empowerment and grassroots leadership programme facilitated the identification and listing process.

We identified the following people for immediate support:
Mumbai- Day wagers, street vendors, train venders, beggars , domestic helpers, Jari workers , small scale industries like chappal making , single women and migrants having no ration cards or any other identity document to avail government support/supplies.
Marathwada- Single Women (Widow, deserted and unmarried) who have no alternative for livelihood in the pandemic situation. Most of them are daily wage agricultural labours, some of them work in cloth stores, hospitals, petrol pumps and as housemaids.

Konkan- Tribal families which include Katkari (One of the primitive tribes of India) and Thakar community. Single women, Vadar community (road construction workers), Dalit community, migrants, housemaids and agriculture labours.
Western Maharashtra – Landless, daily wagers and single women
Nandurbar, Beed & Satara - Family where the earning member has migrated for livelihood, Families living on daily wages, Landless families, Families of farm workers.
Vidarbha : Labourers, Farm workers
North Maharashtra : Marginalized families

Steps taken to facilitate the process with ease:
  • Preparation of context specific list of material Eg. Rice is not eaten much in Marathwada so its quantity is reduced and groundnuts are added as it is consumed more in the region. 
  • Approaching local authorities such as Tehsildars and Police /Traffic Officials to obtain permissions for food distribution. 
  • Identifying and approaching local grocery stores (block, basti, village  level) to understand their rates and their capacity to provide required material, packaging and transportation of the goods. It is being ensured that the shop keepers are reputed and known to our volunteers to avoid any problems in further action. 
  • List of people, bank details of shop keepers, permission letters (if obtained) has to be   shared with office for further process.  
  • We are making advance payment to the vendors/shop keepers. After getting the amount the shop keepers are preparing grocery kits as per the list and also helping us in arranging the transportation. 
  • Identification of key locations where delivery of these goods will be given and our volunteers will receive it in their custody and then distribute.
  • Ensuring that our team members involved in distributing will maintain social distancing and precautions for their own and others safety. 
  • As there are restrictions on physical mobility, we have ensured that maximum work is done through telephones and WhatsApp. Precautionary measures are being taken during transportation of materials.    

Distribution of help packages / kits
Mumbai: We started the relief work in Mumbai and extended the support to other parts of Maharashtra.
In Mumbai we have delivered the first round of emergency family packs to 800 households. We began with our intervention areas in  Mumbai communities in places like Chembur, Govandi, Mankhurd and Vashi Naka. The kits, each weighing 15 kgs, contain rice, wheat flour, edible oil, sugar and salt, pulses, poha, tea, biscuits, soaps and a pack of sanitary napkins.  These packs were delivered by D-mart agency to our office and then distributed to respective areas by of community leaders with volunteers. Apart from this 50 families from Malavani have received the family packs. Help to 800+ families is under process.
Marathwada : Total 794 families from Paranada, Tuljapur, Lohara,Kej, Ambejogai, Beed,Chakur, Jalkot, Renapur, Mukhed, Kandhar, Pathari, Kalamnuri blocks are being helped. The distribution of grocery kits has been started on 02/04/2020.
Konkan : 750 families from Karjat, Chiplun , Kankawali blocks will be helped.  The process is on.
Western Maharashtra: Total 1358 families are being helped with groceries kits. The distribution commenced on 02/04/2020. These families are from Dahiwadi, Karad, Shirala, Khanapur, Miraj , Jat, Hatkangale, Chandgad, Sangola blocks and Ambedkar Nagar (Pune).
Vidarbha : The distribution of grocery kits to helping 415 families from Ghatnaji, Brahmpuri, Chandrapur, Pawani, Lakhni , Lakhandur, Nandgaon Khandeshawar, Akola, Telahara blocks is in process.
North Maharshtra :  836 families from Shrirampur, Navapur, Nandurbar, Ahmadnagar, Shrigonda, Jamkhed , Dhule City are being helped.

This is the status quo of the distribution of grocery kits going on presently. More number of lists are also being prepared. Accordingly the help packages will be distributed to the needy ones.

The required documentation
  • Signature from each family is being taken for while distribution of help packages.
  • We take photograph of each distribution. In addition to that, we will have documents like bill from grocery stores and transportation, bank records of money transfer to vendors. 
Fundraising Status:
To support the relief work CORO started its online drive on Milaap to collect funds on March 22, 2020. We also approached our philanthropic partners/supporters. Milaap supported us by charging no administration fees on fund collection efforts. Also our supporters like ACTIS, EdelGive Foundation, philanthropic individuals from our network, Sketch, Axis Bank Foundation, SBI Foundation etc.

Please do note that CORO gives 80G tax exemption certificates to all the donors who have contributed in Indian National Ruppees. Please verify your payment in Milaap by giving your details, in case you haven't. We will be sending out the certificates soon.

I am attaching a few pictures -

 








Thanks
27th March 2020
Dear Donors,

Thanks for the support and love.

Today CORO distributed food packages to 400 daily wage earners who have been badly impacted by the slowdown. We distributed 15-kg boxes of food, that weighed a total of 6 MT. All done by a small set of dedicated community workers.

We could not have done this alone. So many people helped us (and I hope I have not missed any):
Venkat Krishnan, who connected us to Milaap
Shishir Joshi, who connected us to DMart
Anoj Viswanathan and Milaap, who opened their crowd-funding portal for free
D Mart, who did a fabulous job despite the shortage of labour and supply chain challenges
BMC and Mumbai Police, who ensured that we did not have any problem during the process
And all those of you who donated to us either through Milaap or directly.

It wasn't an easy process because of the shut down and we had many delays and learnt a lot about food logistics. We also realized that fund raising and identifying beneficiaries (who are left out of the government schemes) are the easy parts. Which also highlighted the fact that today it is more important to distribute food than cash, because food is in short supply. In time all of this will get settled, but we have to find solutions to today's problems.

Do get in touch with us so that we can share our learnings and also learn from you. Mumtaz Shaikh and Supriya Jan are the key contact people at CORO. We have to tackle this problem jointly. Tomorrow we plan to supply 20-kg packages to another 400 families. And then look at those across Maharashtra and other states, and the homeless, and so many more who are struggling today.

Thanks

Dear Donors,

Thanks for the support and love.

Today CORO distributed food packages to 400 daily wage earners who have been badly impacted by the slowdown. We distributed 15-kg boxes of food, that weighed a total of 6 MT. All done by a small set of dedicated community workers.

We could not have done this alone. So many people helped us (and I hope I have not missed any):
Venkat Krishnan, who connected us to Milaap
Shishir Joshi, who connected us to DMart
Anoj Viswanathan and Milaap, who opened their crowd-funding portal for free
D Mart, who did a fabulous job despite the shortage of labour and supply chain challenges
BMC and Mumbai Police, who ensured that we did not have any problem during the process
And all those of you who donated to us either through Milaap or directly.

It wasn't an easy process because of the shut down and we had many delays and learnt a lot about food logistics. We also realized that fund raising and identifying beneficiaries (who are left out of the government schemes) are the easy parts. Which also highlighted the fact that today it is more important to distribute food than cash, because food is in short supply. In time all of this will get settled, but we have to find solutions to today's problems.

Do get in touch with us so that we can share our learnings and also learn from you. Mumtaz Shaikh and Supriya Jan are the key contact people at CORO. We have to tackle this problem jointly. Tomorrow we plan to supply 20-kg packages to another 400 families. And then look at those across Maharashtra and other states, and the homeless, and so many more who are struggling today.

Thanks

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