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.