On March 24 2020, The Government of India declared national lockdown, limiting movement of the entire population of India as a preventive measure against the COVID-19. Respecting the national decision, The Desai Foundation, for the time being, has halted some of its programs in India. We will implement our health camps after the lockdown, with proper precautions. At this moment, we are proud to be able to pivot and respond accordingly to the global crisis. In April 2020, we employed over 106 women from our communities to make hand-sewn face masks. So far, we have distributed nearly 40,000 masks to men, women and children in rural areas in India. We will update you with our developments about our implementation plans for health camps in our next report.
Feb 18, 2020
Asani in Maharashtra
By Pooja Banerjee - Development and Programs Lead
Since the launch of the project in Maharashtra, the Desai Foundation has been training and employing women for the production and distribution of Asani Sanitary Napkins. Currently, a total of 8 women are working in the production unit. These women are from the target and neighboring villages in the Nanded district. The training for women and girls on sales and distribution is on-going. In just two months, these women were able to produce 114,000 pads (14,250 packets), which are being distributed in the communities. We are proud that this program is meeting our expectations and impacting the lives of many in rural Maharashtra.
Feb 3, 2020
Sanjeevani Health Camp
By Pooja Banerjee - Development and Partnerships
Desai Foundation in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Gandhinagar organized a comprehensive medical health camp on 19th January 2020- Sanjeevani health camp. With a team comprising of volunteers from the prestigious IIT- Gandhinagar and Desai Foundation, the camp provided high quality health services to over 1000 children from neighboring villages. These children were provided with general health diagnosis, eye checkups, dental checkups and also received medicines.These camps are attended by medical professionals and doctors from local hospitals who then also take care of the referral cases. So far, this collaboration has provided quality checkups to over 5000 children living in the villages near Gandhinagar, Gujarat.