As the second Pandemic wave hit India like a tsunami, hospitals ran out of Oxygen, ICU beds, and healthcare workers. Our Vocational Training Centre trains rural youth to become frontline health workers. For the past 14 months, they have been working at city hospitals that are overflowing with Corona patients.
These health workers hail from villages and stay in rented rooms in the city. Typically 4 or 5 stay in a room. When one of them gets infected with COVID, she has very few options. She can not continue staying in the shared room, nor can she return back to her village where the entire family lives in a hut.
The VTC has set a standard to provide hand-holding support for 12-18 months after training completion. We have decided to provide these girls complete support while they recover.
Here is the story of Karena (name changed to protect privacy), one of our Corona warriors. After finishing training at our Training center she was placed at a well-known hospital in Vadodara. She had been working there for a year and a half. She started showing symptoms on 20th April and asked the doctor for a leave. The doctor didn’t even have the courtesy of paying for the RT-PCR test. On the 24th she paid 20% of her monthly salary to get tested. It came positive. She called her doctor for help. The doctor denied it and told her to go to her home. The doctor didn't even think how a Corona-positive patient could travel hundreds of miles to go to a rural village.
In a panic, she called us. We dispatched an ambulance the same day and provided her with isolation, shelter, food, and medical treatment - all at our cost. We have many girls like Karena needing mental, emotional, physical & financial support. We are so happy to lend them a helping hand. It is indeed your donation that is making it happen.
Dec 28, 2020
Expanding and introducing more courses
By Karishma Gadhia - Operational Manager
Muni Seva Ashram (MSA) has started Vocation Training Programmes (MSA-VTC) in 2011 as PPP (Public-Private Partnership) programme of Gujarat State Government. There were 15 courses were approved out of which MSA VTC started training related to Health care sector - like Bedside Assistant, Multi-Purpose Health Worker, Lab Assistant, BPO Assistant, Doctor’s Office / Admin Assistant, OT Assistant, Dialysis Assistant started in its existing facility of hospital KCHRC (Kailash Cancer Hospital & Research Centre). MSA-VTC has trained a total of 2583number of students till date in the healthcare vocation.
Now MSA is on the cusp of entering the second, very exciting phase, that is, the start of its new campus where it will offer vocational training in Industry & Agriculture -Relevant courses apart from the health care sector.
The new campus will feature co-ed residential facilities for over 400 students, 36 staff quarters and will have modern training facilities including classrooms, computer rooms, conference halls, workshops and laboratories for different vocations.
The new facilities will allow introducing ~35 new vocational courses in four new sectors - Agriculture, Renewable Energy, Manufacturing and Construction. Most of the courses would be designed as per Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY2) guidelines. The new campus will allow ramping up the enrollment rate from ~260 students per year to ~1,200. Thus MSA will be able to train additional 6000+ students in the next 5 years.
It is a proud moment for the Vocational Training Center (MSA-VTC) near Vadodara, Gujarat and all its supporters and donors across the world.
COVID pandemic has turned our world upside down and a little corner of India is no exception. Ahmedabad, a large city in India has reported thousands of COVID infections and deaths. The city was declared total lock-down with a curfew for the entire city.
Gujarat senior health secretary requested to send MSA-VTC trained students to help/support the medical staff and youth to volunteer to work at the government civil hospital in Ahmedabad.
The medical staff would provide necessary training, i.e::
Maintain personal Care & Hygiene
Use of personal protective gear
How to treat Covid-19 positive patients.
18 students were ready to serve as a volunteer at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital within the notice of 24 hours. We were really proud to have these students who have shown courage and tried to work.
Out of these 18 students 17 have tried for a week and came back but one student has completed an internship for a month & still working as COVID warrior in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital and earning 18,000/- month.