These last few months have been very challenging to implement our regular programs. We have to find innovative ways of reaching the children and families under the new normal conditions during GOVID pandemic.
Our rural communities have also been impacted in that many of the families are daily wage laborers and have lost their income. Children are home as schools are closed and there it has created a greater need for ensuring the health behaviors. Explaining to illiterate communities about the COVID risk and increasing their understanding on how to protect them was foremost in our minds.
Kalanjiyam team took up one to one and small group interactions and started our education program, we explained what is the Corona virus, how it spreads, signs and symptoms and how to protect oneself from infection. We taught about hand washing practices and self-hygiene and social distancing and why these are required and how to follow them under the rural context.
We have been able to reach 1500 children and their families in our local villages these last few months with these awareness program/ campaign. We have also made cloth based masks at Kalanjiyam and distributed them free of cost to our communities.
We are continuing our efforts despite the challenging circumstances and will continue to reach more children and families with awareness.
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