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Help YUVA Support 1500 Vulnerable And Homeless Families Amidst COVID19

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As India’s COVID-19 count crosses the 250 mark, curbing the virus within the next few weeks will be critical in containing the disease. Reaching out to most vulnerable communities at this time is of crucial importance. Daily-wage earners (such as construction workers, street vendors, garland makers, etc.) are fast losing jobs and are unable to procure food and essential items. Many households are surviving on little or no food.

Over the last several days, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), a non-profit development organisation, has been reaching out to low-income and vulnerable communities in 20+ settlements across 4 cities in the Greater Mumbai area where we work—Vasai Virar, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Panvel covering more than 1,500 families. It was revealed that they are in dire need of support.

Individuals from disadvantaged communities (Pardhis, transgenders and many others) and homeless people are almost on the brink of starvation. Anganwadis have stopped daily food supplies in many areas; schools are closed and mid-day meals have also stopped. With the lack of daily-wage jobs, many migrant workers have been frantically trying to get on the fastest train to make their way home.

We launched a campaign ‘Together We Can’ to raise funds and in-kind support the to offer emergency relief food supplies to the urban poor, starting with the most marginalised families first. We have already distributed basic provisions to 200 homeless families, comprising 1,000+ individuals

We have followed a sensitive approach in providing families with a week’s worth of rations per package (Rs 600).  This food kit comprises of the following:
  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Pulses
  • Oil

Today we are reaching out to nearly 800 more households and we appreciate any help from you.  We are accepting support in cash and kind (foodgrains and non-perishable food only). Together we can help them survive the pandemic.


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9th April 2020
YUVA's Executive Director speaks to Mirror Now on Together We Can
A quick summary of YUVA's Executive Director Roshni Nuggenhalli's talking points on Mirror Now Inspire India on 7 April 2020 is given below.

You can also catch a small segment of the video recording here:
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2952968871425026&id=427929067262365
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MirrorNow/status/1247429205026955264?s=19
YUVA has been working with vulnerable communities across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and beyond for 35+ years.

Much before Jana Curfew and the national lockdown, our rapid assessment in 34 communities highlighted how daily-wage labourers were already losing jobs. We decided to source and deliver ration to identified vulnerable families, reaching 4,616 households (23,000 people) so far. We've also delivered 54,000 cooked meals to Mumbai Police and government hospital staff so far with the support of partners.

All of this has been possible, with the city's strong spirit of volunteerism and with everyone coming together - from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation to Mumbai Police, all donors, supporters, well wishers, to suppliers and our field teams.

We've also been distributing relief in a streamlined way, working with local leaders and communities, so that physical distancing is followed even as we show social solidarity and uphold social responsibility. We intimate communities in advance on relief efforts, use a coupon system so people know when to come for relief distribution, use markings on the ground to maintain distance. Teams make use of personal protective equipment. Partnership with people has helped minimise panic.

From Nallasopara to Navi Mumbai, we have reached many households so far. As the relief work and efforts to tackle misinformation continue, we are also focusing on long-term rehabilitation efforts in partnership with communities and authorities, and taking ahead advocacy efforts.

We need comprehensive intervention strategies for every ward - health and hygiene focused, towards informal economy sustence, mobile services (for health, ration facilitation etc) so people can stay home, and are also trying to work with the State Disaster Management team.

We would like to thank each one of you for your contribution .


YUVA's Executive Director speaks to Mirror Now on Together We Can
A quick summary of YUVA's Executive Director Roshni Nuggenhalli's talking points on Mirror Now Inspire India on 7 April 2020 is given below.

You can also catch a small segment of the video recording here:
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2952968871425026&id=427929067262365
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MirrorNow/status/1247429205026955264?s=19
YUVA has been working with vulnerable communities across the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and beyond for 35+ years.

Much before Jana Curfew and the national lockdown, our rapid assessment in 34 communities highlighted how daily-wage labourers were already losing jobs. We decided to source and deliver ration to identified vulnerable families, reaching 4,616 households (23,000 people) so far. We've also delivered 54,000 cooked meals to Mumbai Police and government hospital staff so far with the support of partners.

All of this has been possible, with the city's strong spirit of volunteerism and with everyone coming together - from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation to Mumbai Police, all donors, supporters, well wishers, to suppliers and our field teams.

We've also been distributing relief in a streamlined way, working with local leaders and communities, so that physical distancing is followed even as we show social solidarity and uphold social responsibility. We intimate communities in advance on relief efforts, use a coupon system so people know when to come for relief distribution, use markings on the ground to maintain distance. Teams make use of personal protective equipment. Partnership with people has helped minimise panic.

From Nallasopara to Navi Mumbai, we have reached many households so far. As the relief work and efforts to tackle misinformation continue, we are also focusing on long-term rehabilitation efforts in partnership with communities and authorities, and taking ahead advocacy efforts.

We need comprehensive intervention strategies for every ward - health and hygiene focused, towards informal economy sustence, mobile services (for health, ration facilitation etc) so people can stay home, and are also trying to work with the State Disaster Management team.

We would like to thank each one of you for your contribution .


3rd April 2020
Dear Supporters,

An update on Together We Can: 

The journey so far and the way forward

In the wake of the growing COVID-19 crisis, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) has supported vulnerable families in 4 cities in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region—Vasai Virar, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Panvel—through the provision of weekly rations.
  • Over 2 weeks (since 20 March 2020), relief efforts under Together We Can have reached at least 16,895 people! Week-long food supplies were provided to 3,379 urban poor households with 390 of these households identified and distributed by partners Aajeevika Bureau, Save the Children India, Curry Stone Foundation and Jeevan Bachao Andolan, Mahul.
  • Some areas reached out to include homeless pockets in Kurla, Sion, Dadar, Matunga, etc. and slum settlements and resettlement colonies in Mankhurd, Bandra, Malad, Nallasopara, Navi Mumbai, etc. and migrant workers in different parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
  • This week we also published two blogs:
  1. Reflections on relief distribution by our colleague: https://medium.com/@yuvaonline/reflecting-on-emergency-relief-distribution-efforts-12c61b96dc3d
  2. Looking back on week 2: https://medium.com/@yuvaonline/3-together-we-can-spread-love-not-corona-d8c7d6e81238
Please also check our social media pages, constantly being updated:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialYUVA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Youth-for-Unity-and-Voluntary-Action-YUVA-427929067262365/?ref=bookmarks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialyuva/

Given the ongoing nature of the crisis and the need for long-term relief measures, here's how we propose to take forward the initiatives:

  1. Our fundraising initiatives continue on Milaap m-lp.co/yuva1 and we will continue to use this support towards monthly rations for vulnerable families as weekly supplies are fast depleting. Our monthly ration kit comprises rice, wheat, pulses, cooking oil, salt, soap, etc (each kit roughly costing Rs. 2,000). We are supporting the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai by providing relief to select settlements that the Corporation is unable to reach at this point. 
  2. We continue to remain in touch with government representatives and other non-profits to ensure that relief overlaps are minimized. 
Our work has been strengthened with the support of numerous generous contributors, networks and organizations and a big THANK YOU to all!

We also thank the authorities for their support and hope to do more together.

We are committed to furthering our work in the coming weeks.
Dear Supporters,

An update on Together We Can: 

The journey so far and the way forward

In the wake of the growing COVID-19 crisis, Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) has supported vulnerable families in 4 cities in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region—Vasai Virar, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Panvel—through the provision of weekly rations.
  • Over 2 weeks (since 20 March 2020), relief efforts under Together We Can have reached at least 16,895 people! Week-long food supplies were provided to 3,379 urban poor households with 390 of these households identified and distributed by partners Aajeevika Bureau, Save the Children India, Curry Stone Foundation and Jeevan Bachao Andolan, Mahul.
  • Some areas reached out to include homeless pockets in Kurla, Sion, Dadar, Matunga, etc. and slum settlements and resettlement colonies in Mankhurd, Bandra, Malad, Nallasopara, Navi Mumbai, etc. and migrant workers in different parts of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
  • This week we also published two blogs:
  1. Reflections on relief distribution by our colleague: https://medium.com/@yuvaonline/reflecting-on-emergency-relief-distribution-efforts-12c61b96dc3d
  2. Looking back on week 2: https://medium.com/@yuvaonline/3-together-we-can-spread-love-not-corona-d8c7d6e81238
Please also check our social media pages, constantly being updated:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OfficialYUVA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Youth-for-Unity-and-Voluntary-Action-YUVA-427929067262365/?ref=bookmarks
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/officialyuva/

Given the ongoing nature of the crisis and the need for long-term relief measures, here's how we propose to take forward the initiatives:

  1. Our fundraising initiatives continue on Milaap m-lp.co/yuva1 and we will continue to use this support towards monthly rations for vulnerable families as weekly supplies are fast depleting. Our monthly ration kit comprises rice, wheat, pulses, cooking oil, salt, soap, etc (each kit roughly costing Rs. 2,000). We are supporting the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai by providing relief to select settlements that the Corporation is unable to reach at this point. 
  2. We continue to remain in touch with government representatives and other non-profits to ensure that relief overlaps are minimized. 
Our work has been strengthened with the support of numerous generous contributors, networks and organizations and a big THANK YOU to all!

We also thank the authorities for their support and hope to do more together.

We are committed to furthering our work in the coming weeks.
1st April 2020
Dear Supporters,

#TogetherWeCan reaches 2,824 urban poor households + 390 more with partners (Aajeevika Bureau, Save the Children India, Curry Stone Foundation and Jeevan Bachao Andolan, Mahul) who helped identify and distribute in households. We've reached 13,734 people in total!

THANK YOU for your generous contributions which have made all this possible.
We are continuing relief efforts and are committed to reaching more people.

We've received a lot of media coverage too over the past few days. Sharing a few:

https://thewire.in/rights/homless-persons-coronavirus-mumbai 

https://www.moneylife.in/article/covid-19-lockdown-two-things-govt-needs-to-do-to-make it work/59843.html

https://www.thebetterindia.com/221621/coronavirus-india-covid-19-initiative-poor-workers-mumbai-bengaluru-delhi-chennai-jov30/


https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/the-real-warriors-citys-good-samaritans-unable-to-take-help-to-people yet/article31177507.ece  

Below is a video from one of our beneficiaries and a few pictures of the work done.





Dear Supporters,

#TogetherWeCan reaches 2,824 urban poor households + 390 more with partners (Aajeevika Bureau, Save the Children India, Curry Stone Foundation and Jeevan Bachao Andolan, Mahul) who helped identify and distribute in households. We've reached 13,734 people in total!

THANK YOU for your generous contributions which have made all this possible.
We are continuing relief efforts and are committed to reaching more people.

We've received a lot of media coverage too over the past few days. Sharing a few:

https://thewire.in/rights/homless-persons-coronavirus-mumbai 

https://www.moneylife.in/article/covid-19-lockdown-two-things-govt-needs-to-do-to-make it work/59843.html

https://www.thebetterindia.com/221621/coronavirus-india-covid-19-initiative-poor-workers-mumbai-bengaluru-delhi-chennai-jov30/


https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/the-real-warriors-citys-good-samaritans-unable-to-take-help-to-people yet/article31177507.ece  

Below is a video from one of our beneficiaries and a few pictures of the work done.





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