Rural India has been experiencing an increase in covid positive cases, due to which villages are being sealed down impacting many livelihoods. There are a few factors driving the spread of the virus and vaccination hesitancy. About 90% of occupants depend on daily wages that barely cover daily expenses, preventing families to fully stay indoors or procure effective masks/sanitizers to protect themselves. These everyday trips to the grocers to buy food supplies after a day’s work has been contributing to increased exposure. Vaccination hesitancy is driven from concerns of side effects that could prohibit them from working and perception that alcohol cannot be consumed after vaccination.
A recent pilot program that incentivized vaccinations with hygiene kits resulted in 95% vaccination within a village within 4 days. This experiment was hugely successful due to people's receptivity to receiving unaffordable hygiene supplies that would protect their families, and is the genesis for this drive.
Providing of hygiene kits and 2 weeks of dry food rations to families willing to vaccinate, will help break the chain by allowing people to stay indoors for 2 weeks, recover from any side effects from vaccinations, and provide access to hand sanitizers, masks to protect themselves should they have to step out. Funding for the hygiene kits is being raised locally,
This US V-Care vaccination and food drive is a grassroots campaign to drive vaccination turnout in rural India. The objective of this fundraiser is to raise $50,000 to incentivize vaccination drive in 14 villages within the Mysore and Mandya districts in the state of Karnataka, India. The funds raised will help in procuring and distribution of 2 weeks of dry ration/food supplies to 4,017 families. Details of the villages being served and what the ration kit includes is provided below. Local variety of rice preferred will be sourced locally. Vendors for all supplies have been identified.
100 percent of the funds donated will be channeled through the XLRI Covid Relief Fund to procure the dry ration supplies to pay the vendors. Please note that donations from the US will not be able to claim tax benefits.
Funding for the hygiene kits, which will also be provided during the drive, is being raised locally. These kits will include 2 100ml sanitizers, 10 triple layered masks, 1 hand wash and 2 Dettol soaps.
Health care professionals have been identified who will be visiting villages to administer vaccinations based on government allocations, following which vaccinated families will receive the dry ration and hygiene kits. The complete drive will be managed by identified volunteers while adhering to COVID protocol, most of them middle management professionals who returned back to their native places and are offering their time and services. Documentation of the drive and updates will be provided for authenticity during execution (which is anticipated to start within one week of receiving funds).
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