Since April 2020, the Barefoot College Tilonia has been providing survival kitsto thousands of migrant laboers, daily wage workers, men and women with no ration cards or other government documents to be eligible for government assistance.
This past spring, the Barefoot team in Tilonia has distributed more than 4,100 survival kits benefiting more than 40,000 individuals in 150 villages in rural Rajasthan. More than 1,000 children have received over 30,000 Super 5 supplemental nutrition packets as part of the College's children's nutrition program.
During the second wave of the pandemic this year, the Barefoot College has mobilized resources to obtain medical supplies and equipment to deliver COVID medical relief to rural communities overwhelmed by the health crisis.
Working with a network of local government officials and civil society organizations, the Barefoot College has establish 12 COVID care centers in 11 districts in rural Rajasthan and distributed life-saving oxygen and medical supplies. The College has expanded the 10-bed medical unit on campus to a 40 bed COVID isolation center.
There are also employment and education challenges that need to be addressed. Families have little or no money for the basics, including food. More children are out of school and educational inequalities are worse due to the pandemic. 53 percent of children in low- and middle-income countries cannot read and understand a simple story by the end of primary school. The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened educational inequalities like these worldwide. The Barefoot College, with support from WorldReader, is working to change that outcome. Reading helps these students achieve educational success which will improve their earning potential and lead healthier and happier lives.
With support from donors like you, the Barefoot College Tilonia continues to provide COVID relief to communities in need in rural India.
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