Jan 21, 2021

We could do our bit during pandemic

It is well known that once the total lockdown was announced by the government to contain the spread of the Covid19 virus, the suffering of the masses started increasing in leaps and bounds. While on the one hand the fear psychosis that was gripping all, the loss of livelihood for the poor was hitting them even harder.

SPPD’s campaign on generating awareness on the pandemic began in Feburay 2020 had reached almost all villagers belonging to Musiri block of Trichirapalli district of the south Indian state of India. Masks, sanitizers and soaps were distributed to the rural communities as part of protective measures to be followed.

And SPPD had stepped in with the much more essential need of providing immediate relief to the migrant labor families as the threat of hunger loomed large among these stranded   families.

As many as 1000 interstate migrant labor families and a total of 931 were provided with dry food rations enough to sustain for a month. These families belonged to the states of Bihar, Jarkhand, Odisha and West Bengal etc.

This apart the stranded inter district migrant laborers were also provided with dry food rations for enough to last for a month as well.

Together with this, SPPD involved in equally important intervention to mitigate sufferings of the general public. With all neighborhood shops and markets being closed for most of the hours of the day securing daily necessities had become an uphill task for the general public of the region.

Taking this in to consideration Ainthinai Farmers Producer Company that came in to existence with around 1000 women shareholders with the facilitation of SPPD two years earlier had stepped in and started supplying vegetables at nominal prices to households of most of the residential localities in the city of Trichirapalli in 7 mini trucks as mobile selling units. This was carried out in association with the Horticulture department of the government of Tamil Nadu and the city corporation.

This activity went on for nearly five months until the easing down of the lockdown measures in the month of August receiving accolades from the communities across the city of Trichirapalli. Similarly, in the earliest days of lockdown SPPD went a long way in feeding hundreds of homeless people the abandoned elders and also the nomadic community of Narikuravas in also distributed food packets to the hungry in Trichirapalli city and parts of Chennai city. A total of 851 food packets were distributed to the needy at Trichy and Chennai city respectively.  

Thus, SPPD and community organizations facilitated by the same have contributed their bit towards mitigating the sufferings and difficulties of the masses during these hard COVID-19 pandemic times.

 

 

  

Dec 30, 2020

Children living with HIV ensured with immunity

Children living with HIV ensured with immunity in Pandemic times.

The children living with HIV in our working areas were being provided with services such as monthly individual and family counseling while they used to visit the SPPD campus apart from the nutrition kit. This was during the pre-COVID-19 days.

During the past few months since the pandemic and lock down conditions had started the children are continued to be provided with the nutrition in their homes individually. This is because of the COVID-19 norms such as social distancing that has to be followed.

The chances of the children living with HIV here being exposed to the risk of getting the corona infection is multifold considering their general poor immunity levels. And if there was any lapse in maintaining their CD4 count level due to non-availability of nutritional supplies would have proved to be extremely life threatening for every individual child living with HIV who has been a regular beneficiary of the nutritional kit.

In one particular instance, a boy called Mani (name changed) hailing from a small village , who had lost his mother and sister to HIV infection while he was a very young child. Now he is studying seventh grade and lives in the care of his maternal grandparents. And his grandparents find it extremely hard to make both ends meet and in such circumstances helping their grand son who is living with HIV is a terrible thing. Hence they thank GlobalGiving for this great help of providing the nutritional kit during the corona pandemic times.

Oct 19, 2020

Skill training to youth in COVID19

The major part of this year being spent in lockdown situation due to corona crisis in our working areas too like in other parts of the country. This has been badly affecting t the youngsters of poor backgrounds who form the vast majority of the population here.

SPPD has been trying its best to keep the youngsters alive to the vital importance of youth to equip themselves with required skills for their livelihood and long term career prospects.

During the last three months extensive sensitization has been carried out on the need for them to switch to Online mode of education for acquiring the skills as it has become inevitable and the only option in the given circumstances. We focused on bringing in the required attitudinal change among youngsters on this. But only30 students could be enrolled in to vocational skill training courses so far.

The absence and non affordability to own android enabled phones among the youth here has proved to be one of the major handicaps in making the youngsters to take to online mode of skill trainings. Only 30% of the target youth could be covered during the three months period and the remaining 70% are to be covered still.

And SPPD is not in a position to help the youth in this regard as already there is extreme financial crunch and the GlobalGiving assistance receivable too remain blocked for long as well.

But as part of preventing the psychological condition from going down   among the youngsters SPPD has been sending bulk messages and voice messages etc. These include on the imperative need for attitudinal change for youngsters to prepare them for alternative channel of education and skill training.

 
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