COVID-19  India Project #46792

HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA

by Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
HELP COVID-19 AFFECTED IN INDIA
Catering Service by our project beneficiaries
Catering Service by our project beneficiaries

Dear friends ,

We have survived a year with COVID 19 pandemic. The virus continues to devastate the global economy and life seems so unpredictable and future seems uncertain for all us. We don’t know what is in store for each of us, but as far as possible we are trying to provide help and support to the marginalised communities to kick-start economic activity.

Redefining the day to day operations.

Our skill development programs enabled many uneducated women to earn a decent living in the past. But now they are facing extraordinary challenges to find market for their acquired skills. The domain needs new interventions, new plans focussed on online models, but it is not easy like other sectors for our NGO as our beneficiaries are mostly uneducated and techno based marketing demands different capabilities.

And the key question is – how do we do it?  Though in the initial lock down months we have provided food supplies to affected families it is not a long term solution. The virus afflicted restrictions continues endlessly .Now we have to teach them to fish in this muddy water of chaos and confusion.

We are continuously in search for new domains and skills which are in high demand for the current scenario and at the same time we encourage our beneficiaries to use the skills they have already learned to run businesses from home. Our Enterprise Development Program ( EDP)  training modules are running online with all the information needed to set up the business and run it effectively during the lock down.

We bear the basic set up costs for starting up their home based businesses. We help them by doing digital marketing of their products through social media.

Running the business from home is not that easy for many as they also have to manage domestic responsibilities. We continue to run self-motivational programs too for our beneficiaries taking into account of their mental health.  

Success Stories from IDEA’s Home Chef Course –

For Deepa, it was a new beginning ,a dream come true, to be able to complete Home chef course under IDEA’s skill development program for women. As she lost her mother in an early age, she took the responsibly of cooking for the family and thus she had developed an interest in cooking. But she could not join a hotel management course as she did not have the financial support.

 When heard of IDEA Home Chef course she joined it and completed it successfully. She says  the EDP program covered all the necessary topics she needed to know and boosted her confidence to start her own venture.

She learnt variety of Indian dishes during the course. In her own words, “EDP training was the best thing in the course where I learned things like, importance of marketing, finance management, customer care and many more with the activities everything was explained very well”. She was all ready to chase her aspirations to be a chef, which was her dream as a child.

Then this unexpected pandemic was really a great challenge for her. But IDEA supported her to start her own business from home. She is working towards her goal of setting up a café. IDEA provided her Food license and supported her with information related to bank  loans. Her family & well-wishers are also supporting her.

There are many other women like Deepa who are getting support from IDEA to begin/sustain their businesses during this pandemic.

Manju is another woman who completed IDEA Home chef course and started a snacks centre in Pune. She attended our EDP programs and participated in our online exhibitions which helped her to gain confidence in her abilities. She also got her food licence and branding with IDEA’s support. IDEA supported her financially to start her own business too. So she could invest Rs.40,000 for setting up her centre and  in the first month itself she earned Rs.12,000.  With the help of IDEA’s digital marketing, she received an order for Rs.15,000. It is really amazing to see that even in this difficult times our students are able to earn and support their families.

There are many such women who are waiting for your support . Request you to support them for reviving or starting their small business.  

A snack shop put up by a woman beneficiary
A snack shop put up by a woman beneficiary
A woman started taking food orders
A woman started taking food orders
A confident Chef - a dream come true
A confident Chef - a dream come true
Some of the delicacies made by our students
Some of the delicacies made by our students
Certified to be  entrepreneurs !
Certified to be entrepreneurs !
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Dear friends,

 

Christmas & New Year Greetings from IDEA Foundation!

India, the world’s second most populous country with an estimated population of 1.38 billion is affected by the corona virus pandemic. It has altered life and our work in the marginalised community drastically.

Let me take you through our efforts to ‘live with CORONA’

At IDEA , we started our interventions for the marginalised COVID-19 affected people with direct bank transfer of cash in their bank account to buy groceries / hygiene kit . For people who did not have bank account , we have distributed grocery kit and hygiene kit. Food packets were also given to many .

In addition to our work in the field of education and development among the low income communities , we had to concentrate mainly on creating awareness and imparting knowledge on using safety protocols to protect themself from contracting this disease.

Then we realised the need for counselling support due to issues arising out of job loss or lack of income from small business for elders while lack of facilities for children to attend online classes due to the wide technology gap between rich and poor. Fortunately we started a mentoring program involving professionals . It  was a big relief for our children and also their parents to know they are not alone but there is someone to listen to them and give moral support to tackle difficulties .

After the initial relief work , slowly we all learned that we can’t lock ourself for so long but we need to find ways for a new normal and live with the virus .   

Many Corporate volunteers came forward and provided technology training for the effective use of google forms, whatsApp , Microsoft teams , Google meet, Zoom etc. They also gave advanced training to our staff in MS Excel , Power point etc , for conducting online classes for children and women .

Like many other NGOs, our team also came up with strategies to continue our core programs such as educational interventions for children and skilling and livelihood support for women .

We collected data on the life situation of children and women. In order to make use of the online training we had planned , we trained children and women on how to use Zoom , Google meet etc .  

As the lockdown continues for educational institutions and training institutes , though our study centres are closed for regular study classes , teachers are busy keeping our students engaged in activities as well as in academics. It is really a challenging situation for our team as it is very important to make sure that the children are in the right track during this pandemic. We conduct different competitions like drawing, painting, fancy dress, essay writing etc along with academics to sustain interest of children. We also organise cultural activities and even sports competitions virtually. Children are enjoying these activities.

 We came across many challenges due to lack of access to smart phone at home for  children while we deliver classes for them .  So our approach is blended learning  where we plan and include all children on a case to case basis - online classes for those who have access to smart phone , ' call and connect' for those who have basic phones at home or only physical work book or other study material for those who don't have a phone at all.  . 

Similarly , we derived need based support . For reviving small business of women for livelihood we helped them find work orders  . We promoted virtual exhibitions for display and sale of products made by women. Handholding support is being provided to revive lost businesses .    

Our skilling project aims at providing a ‘ second chance’ to school dropout women has started with online classes . Women who enrol for this program undergo digital literacy classes first followed by skill training .  

Now we are seeing silver lines in service delivery as people are following COVID-19 protocol and slowly limping back to normalcy . But they still need YOUR  support .

Let us all look forward to a brighter New Year with full of hope and cheer and not fear.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Elderly couple-Hard to convince
Elderly couple-Hard to convince
Education awareness _done by youth
Education awareness _done by youth
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Dear friends,

Warm greetings from IDEA Foundation!

The pandemic has had a disruptive effect on the traditional methods of social activities, entrepreneurship and planning avenues to impart awareness and education. IDEA foundation has been knitting together it’s staff and learning the nature of such challenges in each of the various communities in Pune.

Our Social Workers have been focussed on staying connected to their projects and social initiatives, while also undertaking certain relief work and counselling youth and women and local leaders as a positive contribution to the affected families, in addition to undertaking distribution of essentials and hygiene necessities

In this COVID situation, the important connect that we mainly provide to citizens with marginal means of livelihood is primarily through the provision of basic necessities.  IDEA  distributed groceries in severely affected communities. It was a big relief for those who were dependant on their daily wages and didn’t have any savings in their banks.

Another main problem many families are facing now is mental stress. All members locked inside, no work, no money, no school … the stress on women running their families in small budget is beyond imagination. We try different methods to keep these women engaged and get expert help whenever necessary through counselling sessions and motivational programs. Our social workers reach out to them on a regular basis. We have 10 professional counsellors linked with our activities. We also have arranged mentors reaching out to children who are finding it difficult to cope up with the current situation and keep up with the technology driven information access. 

Our tailoring students have enabled the skills required to make indigenous masks. They have been equipped and tutored to make masks with the safety design and usability needs for the protection. We are also arranging webinars and zoom meetings to make our beneficiaries aware of the situation and take precaustions.

IDEA  has been working with remote  fishermen communities in Bhor and Kasurdi who have little access to media and social channels. Our social workers took the responsibility to educate the persons of different age groups in observing some of the most important safety precautions to protect themselves and their community from the virulent effects of the pandemic. 

Both children and tribal elders were made aware of the mandatory measures to be taken to keep hands clean and the mouth and nose safe from exposure to the corona virus infection. We have distributed masks and hygiene material and moreover provided a clear demonstration of safe practices and precautionary physical distancing to be observed while venturing outside their homes.


Thank you for supporting us so far. We request your generous support for this new project we have undertaken. 

 

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Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)

Location: Pune, Maharashtra - India
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Dr. Usha Pillai
Pune, Maharashtra India
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