In the post pandemic phase, as the world limps back to recovery and some sense of normalcy, all of us are still grappling wth fear and anxiety. There is a sense of loss, of near and dear departed ones, loss of the freedom to do things easily without restriction. to move freely without personal protective gear, loss of the chance to socialize, which the very nature of human beings.
Deep in the hinterland, where our tribal women reside, life has become harder due to loss of income, restrictions on income generating activities, return of family members that had migrated to cities, causing a strain in the family's economic resources. They have turned towards their land and agriculture for growing their annual rice and lentil crops during the monsoon months. Over 5000 years their tribe has survived and sustained through rain or shine and this Covid Pandemic is another setback that they atre coping with, by turning inward and towards family. Since September, all vocational activities like dairy farming, organic vegetable growing and poultry farming are slowly picking up as the lockdown is being partially lifted. Our women have resumed earnings and savings activities and have proved to be resilient and enduring. Our supervisors and mental health community workers have started visiting homes across villages, building trusting relationships and helping to change the narrative from bleak to hopeful.
Our hope is to visit each one of our 40 Role model women to trace their journeys and successes and trials through the last few months and we shall share the same with you over the next few months.
Ahead of the festive holiday season, here in India, as we celebrate a muted Diwali. we THANK YOU! for the impact that you are helping to make in the lives that are most marginalised and here's wishing each you and your loved ones safety good health and well-being. God Bless!!
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