Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India

by PRAJNA Foundation for Cultural Interaction and Studies
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Send 1000 Girls to Schools in India
Community Singing
Community Singing

The Corona Pandemic unleashed its devastating impact all over the World, sparing no one from its tentacles. However, the underprivileged slum people were by far the worst affected. 

Owing to the lockdown during the first and second waves of covid 19, the migrant workers were rendered jobless & left in dire straits with no means of livelihood to feed their families. Abject poverty and consequences of the Pandemic gripped them with a sense of hopelessness and brought them on the brink of a breakdown. Threatened with the question of survival, the menfolk faced frustration and insecurity, while situation of the women in such households also became one of loneliness and depression. 

During such challenging times, Prajna Foundation came forward to bring them some much needed relief. To revive the sagging spirits of these impoverished people, the concept of "Praangan" or "Courtyard" was developed as a means of a recreation centre for them. 

Sessions for yoga, meditation and life coaching were organised for women and young girls at the centre everyday which enabled them to work on their health and fitness. They were also encouraged to engage in Community singing such as bhajans which also provided them a medium of entertainment. Musical instruments were bought and given to them to play as an accompaniment. 

During the nine days of Navratris, they enthusiastically participated in these activities and it was a much needed and happy change to see them finding some solace and a small source of joy in their bleak lives. 

 IMPACT:

The long term consistent endeavours and manifold work done by Prajna foundation since outbreak of first wave of Corona virus, made it possible to bring large and far reaching relief to the poor slum families. 

With our concerted efforts and invaluable support from kind donors and great supporters like you, it was possible to do the needful and make a difference in their lives by bringing them confidence and good cheer. They began to smile with renewed hope for better days to improve their life.

We are immensely thankful to all our supporters and request them to continue their unstinted support.

Gratefully Yours,

Vandana Sinha

Program Director

 

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Musical Instruments
Musical Instruments
Yoga Session
Yoga Session
Ever Smiling Faces
Ever Smiling Faces
Dr. Harjeet conducting Yoga & Meditation
Dr. Harjeet conducting Yoga & Meditation
Participating Ladies & Girls from the vicinity
Participating Ladies & Girls from the vicinity

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Nutritious meals home delivered for sick families
Nutritious meals home delivered for sick families

A young woman, Neeta in her early thirties, was in her advanced stage of pregnancy. She was expecting her second child. Down with raging high fever, severe body ache and extreme weakness, she had no energy to cook and feed her little daughter.

 

They had no money to buy food from outside either. The saddest part was that her own parents staying only few blocks away could not help her due to fear of catching the infection. Yes, you guessed it right. The second wave of devastating pandemic in Delhi did not spare her nucleus family. She along with her husband and little daughter, got the dreaded infection of Covid19.

 

Fortunately for her, Prajna Foundation learnt her plight through a common contact. That was the time, Prajna Foundation decided to home deliver cooked meals for such families in plight until they recovered completely. Hygienically packed nutritious food was arranged and reached every day at the doorsteps of all the Covid affected families in South Delhi.

 

This was an extension of the already ongoing Covid19 Relief Program for poor and jobless families living in the slums around our center. The foundation served up to 1000 cooked meals every day during the strictest lockdown and it is still continuing. Dry Ration kits were also provided to those families who had the means to cook their own food. By the end of June, 150,000 meals were provided to the needy people.

 

In order to protect 5000 inhabitants and prevent the spread of infection, Health Safety Kits with mask, soaps, sanitizers and immunity boosting tablets were freely given to people living in the slums around our center. We also maintained a stock of First Aid Kits with basic medicines like Paracetamol, Doxycycline, Invermectine and Oximeters for people with mild infections. During this time, the foundation also took the initiative of providing female hygiene products free of cost to young girls and women caught up in lockdown restrictions.

  

Impact: Call it a miracle or God’s grace, with all the combined efforts of the foundation, the donors and the supporters, we were able to keep Covid19 at bay. There was not a single reported case of infection in the locality even at the peak of the outbreak. All our staff and volunteers with high exposure to public also remained safe.

 

Media Recognition:

It is also very heartening to share that Prajna foundation received recognition for its creditable Covid Relief work by France TV and Swiss TV. Needless to say, this had been really possible with all the benevolent donors and great supporters like you. Here is the link for you to watch:

 En Inde, si la situation face au Covid-19 s'améliore, elle renforce les inégalités sociales., 19h30 - https://www.rts.ch/play/tv/redirect/detail/12241913

 

We sincerely thank you for your continued support.

 

Gratefully Yours,

Vandana Sinha

Program Director

Cooked food for every child at our center
Cooked food for every child at our center
Cooked food for jobless workers
Cooked food for jobless workers
Free food for hungry slum dwellers
Free food for hungry slum dwellers
Immunity Booster Tablets for good health
Immunity Booster Tablets for good health
Immunity Booster Tablets for good health
Immunity Booster Tablets for good health
Dry Ration for poor families
Dry Ration for poor families
Dry Ration for poor families
Dry Ration for poor families
Sanitary Pads for poor women
Sanitary Pads for poor women
Sanitary Pads & Safety Kits for young girls
Sanitary Pads & Safety Kits for young girls
First Aid Kits for mild infections
First Aid Kits for mild infections

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Shalini is a 14-year-old girl living with a family of five in the tiny hutments in South Delhi. She barely looks 10 due to lack of proper food. The financial meltdown due to Covid19 has taken away the job of her father, the only breadwinner in the family.

Her tattered clothes reveal the acute poverty the family is going through. With the onset of winter, she had no option but to shiver in the biting cold.

 

During the Pandemic, the migrant labourers were left in dire straits with no means of livelihood to feed their families. They were hardly in a condition to afford woolens to protect themselves in winter. They had no one to look up to for any support.

 

During these very difficult times, Prajna Foundation stepped forward and took the initiative to bring them the much needed relief. The Foundation made concerted efforts of reaching out to Donors, Supporters and people in general and managed to distribute blankets, shawls and sweaters to around 1000 poor slum inhabitants. 

 

With gradual opening of the prevailing lockdown, the need was felt to install Sanitizer dispensers at all our centres. The foundation also distributed safety kits containing soaps, hand sanitizers, sanitary pads and pre-cooked meals to 200 young girls and women early this year.

 

IMPACT:

The foundation’s intervention along with ongoing program to provide mid-day meals has been able to stave off the hunger related death and winter afflicted pains/disease to the children of 1000 families living around the centers.

 

We are immensely thankful to all our supporters and request them to continue their unstinted support.

 

Gratefully Yours,

Vandana Sinha

Program Director

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Laptop Distribution to Underprivileged Girls
Laptop Distribution to Underprivileged Girls

With the Covid-19 pandemic striking the World in alarming proportions, millions of people in India too became jobless overnight due to Nationwide lockdown. With social distancing affecting normal life, educational activities also came to a grinding halt. 


The economically weaker sections of society have like always been the worst hit. With education shifting to online classes, Digital learning is the need of the hour to acquire knowledge and hold the key to a successful career.

However, it is proving very difficult for the poor students due for board exams to cope with the pressures owing to computers being out of reach for them. It is really a sorry state of affairs that in spite of being brilliant and hardworking, they are forced to lag behind in studies due to unavailability of devices to access education. Children from affluent families easily possess smartphones while it is an unimaginable luxury for low income background children. Understanding complex concepts has been next to impossible for them.

In this scenario, their hopes for a better tomorrow are instead threatened with a dark future looming large over their already bleak situation. It is alarming to see more and more incidents of suicide by young students from humble background succumbing to a losing battle of hopelessness.

We took the initiative to distribute refurbished laptops  and new internet dongles to around 40 such families. There are 2 or 3 school going students in each family. It is heartening to know that with the laptops, about 100 children are now enabled to regularly attend their online classes.

 

Education is the right of every child irrespective of which strata of society they belong to. They are our precious future and urgently need our help and support to guide and lead them to their deserving destination.

 

IMPACT: Teachers have informed us that their students have gained immensely and made considerable progress by also taking internal exams successfully.

 

Encouraged by the positive response of the donors and the beneficiaries alike, Prajna Foundation is launching a Laptop Bank Project for the underprivileged. All are invited to support and participate.

Best regards,

 

Vandana Sinha

Program Director 

 

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Feed Every Single Child
Feed Every Single Child

As Covid19 strikes India and millions of people became jobless overnight due to Nationwide Lockdown, all educational activities also came to a grinding halt. Responding to the urgency, Prajna Foundation turned its attention to saving the most vulnerable section of the society. The focus shifted to immediate need of providing Covid-19 emergency relief.

 

Among an inhabitation of around 5000 people, lack of proper sanitisation in slums and cramped living conditions made them a hotspot for a full blown outbreak of Covid 19. Following the advisory of WHO, Prajna Foundation educated the slum dwellers about the guidelines and safe practices to prevent community transmission like importance of social distancing and maintaining cleanliness and personal hygiene.

 

The foundation distributed safety medical kits containing masks, soaps and sanitizers in the slums nearby. As of 31st May 2020, 4000 Masks have been distributed and another 8,000 masks are also under process at our Skill Training Centre for the young girls.

 

Since the daily wage earners had lost their jobs and with no means of livelihood, day to day meals became scarce for multitude of families. Children and lactating mothers were left hungry and urgently needed all the support from every possible end.

 

The foundation launched 'Feed The Hungry’ initiative' and donned the mantle of Corona warriors to bring much needed relief.  We started serving 1000 cooked meals every day in New Delhi’s Kalkaji slums to underprivileged children and their parents. Later on Dry Rations were given to those who had facilities for cooking their own food. Many did not have any kitchen. By the end of May, close to 150,000 meals have been provided.

 

IMPACT:

While millions of workers fled to their home towns and hundreds of them perished on their way due to starvation, dehydrations and road accidents, not a single person at Kalkaji slum felt the need to leave the place. The foundation successfully managed to mitigate their distress level due to Covid-19.

 

We sincerely thank all our donors and volunteers for their continued support.

 

Gratefully Yours,

 

Vandana Sinha

Program Director

 

PS: Kindly like our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/prajnafoundation.in and visit our website https://prajnafoundation.in/ for regular updates

Meals for the Family as well
Meals for the Family as well
Feed The Hungry Child
Feed The Hungry Child
People Collecting Meals
People Collecting Meals
Mask Stitching in Progress at Prajna Centre
Mask Stitching in Progress at Prajna Centre
Dry Ration Bags for Every Kitchen in the Slums
Dry Ration Bags for Every Kitchen in the Slums

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PRAJNA Foundation for Cultural Interaction and Studies

Location: New Delhi, DELHI - India
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