"Talking to the counsellor has made me feel much more relaxed and hopeful. Thanks to ATMA for reaching out", says Smt Sindhu (name changed to protect privacy), after the online session with the ATMA counsellor. "I am now confident that whatever comes, I can face it with courage", she says.
The unprecedented Covid situation has landed a severe blow to the people of Kerala who are struggling to recover from the floods of two consecutive years. Lockdowns and quarantines are seriously hampering support and develpoment work too.
In this situation, ATMA Foundation has come up with online support systems to offer counselling and guidance to people in need. Many people in Kerala, in spite of their socio-econimic status, have some kind of access to smartphones. ATMA has been leveraging this to reach out to people.
One-on-one guidance sessions through video calling is helping people to cope with the stress and manage within the uncertainty. Helping professionals and interested volunteers are being trained online in basic mentoring skills, so that they can offer support and succour to the people in their neighbourhoods. Short talks on useful topics like stress management, family harmony, etc are being aired on the ATMA Youtube channel, to help people find peace in these struggling times. ATMA is also using the medium of art to reach out to people. Performances by eminent artistes are being aired on Youtube. ATMA is supporting artistes to take live sessions for their students through the ATMA Digital & Financial Empowerment Centre.
As soon as the lockdown eases, ATMA will provide school kits and digital learning accessories to children in need.
Within the challenges thrown up by the current situation, ATMA Foundation is trying to find ways and means to continue providing support to people in need.