As the coronavirus pandemic persists and rural families strive to secure basic resources, Seva Mandir is providing critical COVID-19 relief in India.
COVID-19 exacerbates challenges in rural India
Across India, non-essential businesses and services closed as the government tried to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the country. For women like Nathi, who recently lost her husband and primary source of income, every day brings new challenges to her and her family.
Nathi’s priority is her children, but caring for them became more difficult once the pandemic hit India’s Rajasthan state.
“COVID-19 has brought havoc to my life. Every day is a struggle to feed my family.”
“I’m a widow with five children to care for, and no one hires widows here,” she said.
Nathi lives in Kumbhalgarh, a rural community in southern Rajasthan. Access to basic services there is limited, and the COVID-19 lockdown made it even harder for people to get food and sanitation supplies.
Families of non-migrant workers are also struggling as the loss of wages makes it tougher for them to access food and proper nutrition. Government-sponsored COVID-19 relief in India is on the way, but delivering emergency resources to every remote community in the country is no easy task.
Access to basics is key to stability
The nonprofit Seva Mandir is providing COVID-19 relief in India by partnering with families like Nathi’s to ensure everyone has the essential supplies they need to survive the lockdown and avoid contracting the virus. One way Seva Mandir is serving its community throughout the crisis is by distributing sanitation kits, which contain enough soap and detergent to last a family of five for up to two weeks.
“A lady who works for Seva Mandir came to my home with a sanitation kit,” Nathi said. “She explained to me and my children how to use the soap and detergent properly.”
Now, Nathi has one less thing to worry about during the COVID-19 crisis.
THE LONG-TERM RESULT
Partners make recovery possible
Once COVID-19 subsides, Seva Mandir will not pack up and leave—they will continue to support their neighbors in southern Rajasthan to achieve long-term financial security through education, agricultural solutions, and equality-based initiatives. Learn more about Seva Mandir’s lifechanging work.
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Original Story by Atul Lekhra, Program Director at Seva Mandir.
Featured Photo: Nathi's Story. *Photo does not depict Nathi. by Seva Mandir