We are in the midst of the one of the severest humanitarian crisis in a century. With the surge in the second wave, a disastrous tragedy is unfolding in India, especially in the lives of the vulnerable communities who are battling the virus as well as daily survival, at the worst ever happening. Millions have been rendered homeless and without a livelihood, with quality care of their children compromised. Children are at a far greater risk as the second wave of Covid 19 strikes India. Fear of getting infected with Covid-19, anxiety to succumb to the virus, concern for an infected relative, and the thought of losing a loved one to this virus this is the current state of mind for most of us . In these trying times SOS Children's Villages of India expresses solidarity with the people to fight COVID -19 as well as to reach out and support to the best of our ability. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the country, all in terms of scale, speed of spread and impact, as a measure of response, SOS Children's Villages of India has developed different strategies to cater to the emerging health and humanitarian crisis among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, families and communities, while ensuring that all the children under our care too remain safe and secure.
Covid Relief Work by SOS children villages India
SOS Children’s Villages of India plans to reach out to 27,000 children including their caregivers across 10,000 families in 22 States of India with the ultimate aim to help them rebuild their lives and communities. Depending on the specific requirements, SOS India is extending recovery assistance to prevent further damage and loss, repair essential services, protect health, provide psycho-social support, restore livelihoods, and enhance food security.
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SOS team at Rajpura,Punjab is placing efforts on ground related to current Covid surge.
As our communities are rural/ Villages, people were not ready to do Covid vaccination due to fear and rumors like vaccination may cause to sudden death. Our team members are making efforts to strengthen the covid vaccination movement in our community clusters. Bikky,from the SOS team- facilitated 34 senior citizens to get the vaccine. Till now 140 persons successfully got vaccinated in Khanpur Baring village.
In Madanpur village SOS team member Sheela Devi is motivating caregivers and secondary caregivers and helped 23 people to get vaccine. 108 people got vaccinated in Madanpur community. Vaccination is being done on weekly basis in Aanganwadi centres in both clusters. Our teams are helping the people in registering their names with the support of Aanwanwadi In charges. Moreover they are guiding our caregivers and community people to follow hygiene and sanitation practices and take extra care for Covid-19.
Ms.Jayalakshmi ,a community member, is living at Hulimavu cluster, Bengaluru. She was working in a super market as a housekeeping staff and her husband Mr. Ravi was working as car driver. This family is living in small rental house along with two small children. First child is in class 3rd and 2nd child is in class 1st. Total income of the family was around Rs.10500/- pm. Due to COVID issue both caregivers lost job. But once in a while, Mr. Ravi used to go for driving work including interstate drop and pick up the passengers.
Up to 24th April 2021 all situation at family was fine, but next day 25th April 2021, Mr. Ravi suddenly died due to COVID. As per local authorities instruction Ms.Jayashree went along with the husband body to complete the cremation and medical formalities. At this movement ,2 small children were alone and nobody two supports this family. The local resident locked children inside the home without providing any food or water due to Corona fear. On 26th April 2021, Self Help Group representative called explained the situation. As immediate response SOS co-worker went along Asha worker, SHG representative convinced local residents and facilitated for food. During evening time Ms.Jayashree also returned to family after completing the formalities.