Charity and community organisations in India are trying to meet the increased demand on their services resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic and SAVE has provided donations to the Tagore Foundation, Calcutta Social Project (CSP) and Baikunthpur Tarun Sangha, for nutrition programmes and hygiene materials.
The damage done to the poorest of the poor will be long lasting, threatening their livelihood, their savings, indeed their entire security. Working with one of our long term partners, Calcutta Social Project, SAVE is suporting two projects aimed at restoring lost livelihoods.
1. SANJEEVANI: THE FOOD AID PROGRAM FOR DAILY WAGE EARNERS AFFECTED BY LOCKDOWN AND ECONOMIC COLLAPSE
The program gives essential food rations and cooking ingredients for two square meals a day, sufficient to last the beneficiary family a week. The Program has so far enabled over 800 poor people to have security of food on an assured basis and has supplied 500,000 meals to families.
2. SAMBHAV: RESTORING LIVELIHOODS LOST
This program is designed to counter the devastating economic effects of the pandemic and accompanying lockdown. Many affected have survived on loans accessed from money lenders at usurious rates of interest which are liable to completely derail their business recovery.
SAMBHAV provides interest free capital to retire the debt, allowing small operators to return to some level of normalcy. This is done on a case by case basis, each strictly monitored and investigated. Such rehabilitation measures are necessary to eliminate the cancer of unsustainable interest burdens.
This inclusive school in the heart of the City of Joy, Kolkata was established in the year 2008. It provides full-time educational services to students with special needs, including Language Delay, Language Disorder, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder and Developmental Delay.
‘Relief during Pandemic COVID-19:
SAVE has donated funds which enabled the School to reach the poorer section of the students
and remote area students during this critical situation. Senior students took the responsibility to distribute relief amongst the poor students and their family. SAVE has also donated to the Mid-day Meal programme for the school students.
With support from SAVE BTS conducted the distribution of Hygenic materials to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown crisis-impacted families in Sunderban.
BTS have been fighting the pandemic crisis and responding to a few of the severely impacted families. They have been distributing hygenic materials (Soap, Detergent, Phenyl, Sanitisers etc. to 200+ of the neediest families through the humanitarian support from SAVE. BTS has also distributed relief materials (foodgrains & groceries) to 100 families supported by local friends of PTS in Kolkata & Pune, India.
The number of the helpless and needy families increase day by day. Covid-19 has hit the poor hardest, including those below the official poverty line, widows, destitutes and daily wage earners who struggle for a day’s meal for their loved ones.
BTS is committed to lend their support to those in need by providing foodgrains and adhoc livelihood supports. BTS are also keen to undertake activities which help reduce dependence on external aid.