SEEDS joins fight against Coronavirus- activates action by serving the most vulnerable across India

Covid-19 Response in 2020

SEEDS is reaching out to economically vulnerable people in partnership with Government of India and state governments of Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, Telangana and West Bengal in India. We are actively working in in close coordination with Governments to respond to the physical health, mental health and economic impacts of the pandemic. SEEDS is committed in reaching out and supporting these invisible individuals – the elderly, children, and frontline health workers of the communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak in their time of need. Together, we will overcome this pandemic by making sure the most vulnerable among us are protected.

SEEDS’ Feet on the Ground

With the commitment to its vision of reaching out and supporting the most underprivileged and vulnerable people – who comprise the bottom 1% and are disproportionately impacted by this crisis, SEEDS started its response activities in March, 2020 with the announcement of the lockdown. Our support spread across to marginalised people in the states of Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. Some of the communities we have touched through our efforts include children in orphanages, transgenders, daily wage earners, women-headed households, commercial sex workers, people with disability, and tribals.

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Reaching out to People with Disabilities

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Hearing from brave volunteers

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A Woman of Million Hearts!

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Responding to Distress

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Balancing lives of Daily Wage Workers

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Sustaining on Ration kits and fighting the pandemic

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Our Response across 12 States

Distribution of hygiene kits under the supervision of Arrapatti sarpanch Smt. Shanti Lakshmi Choudhary and DSP of Saharsa Mr. Prabhakar Tiwari. The health and hygiene of the families carried an important role during COVID-19 considering the history of flooding in Saharsa, Bihar.

Responding to floods since 2008 to #COVID-19, SEEDS team has always efficiently managed crisis situations in Saharsa, Bihar. Dry Ration & hygiene kits reached out to elderly dailywagers with support from panchayat head & local police.

The distribution of ration in Isolation centre of Mahesrho GP in Saharsa Bihar covered all vulnerable age groups including children, senior citizens and dailywage workers.

“Post Lockdown, our hunt for food has become our daily earnings. More than money it’s food that we need now! This ration kit means a lot to us, not only to feed us for next 15 days but to keep us protected from Covid19 infection!” – Interaction with Navnisha & Neetu, in EastDelhi.

SEEDS team reached out to invisible individuals with ration and hygiene kit distribution maintaining physical distancing factor on ground. Senior team leaders stepped on ground to make sure families and dailywagers receive their items in order.

SEEDER Naveen Shukla made a second round of distribution of ration on boat for families in quarantine in mayur vihar, near Yamuna bank, East Delhi. CII foundation’s support helped SEEDS team reach out to more vulnerable groups in many locations.

SEEDER and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Manager Subhash Singh managed to reach out to dailywager and many single woman workers, distributing them the ration and hygiene kits single handedly.

In times of crisis & otherwise, we believe our role is to complement government efforts, seeking out & holding people who may fall through the gaps. One such gesture was handover of ration & hygiene kits, as well as PPE kits to Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi.

Scattered in multiple villages across Haryana, with support from government body and partner, SEEDS team was able to reach out during difficult circumstances to the most in need for relief.

SEEDER Naveen Shukla trained and oriented the communities with basic hand wash training and do’s and dont’s with the communities at the time of distribution.

Distribution of ration kit in the first phase took place in Sugandhagiri in Wayand, Kerala. The second phase of door to door distribution of ration was done in Pannamaram, Pozuthana, Kaniyambetta, Ambalavayal and sulthan bathery municipalities.

SEEDS team commenced its door to door delivery of ration for elderly & families in quarantine in Kerala, reaching out to the unreachable. With possible lockdown extension, we need to continue sustaining more families.

Dry Ration Items under distribution in Kerala.

We thank Ramakrishnan Parasuraman, Director Engineering, Aerospace & Ram Ganapathy, Director Finance; from Honeywell, along with Marathahalli Police Sub-Inspector Anitha K from Bengaluru for distributing #ration kits in #Bangalore.

Reaching out to the people who needed the ration kits post lockdown was an urgent need. Our team reconnected on ground since April and distributed the ration kit to the families. Our volunteers ensured Covid safety on ground and were extremely sensitive on ground.

Ration Kits reached its destination in Karnataka. Ready to be deployed to the quarantined families.

Working across different states in #COVID19outbreak, SEEDS swiftly responded to the dailywagers through its local partner Mahatma Phule Samaj Seva Mandal (MPSSM) in Solhapur, #Maharashtra. Distributed 140 kits of dry ration to the vulnerable families.

Dry ration was distributed among the 150 families in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra.

SEEDS continue working providing awareness to the communities. To avoid risk of crowd for collecting drinking water, communities from 8 hamlets of Puri, Odisha were educated and trained on social distancing and proper hand washing practices leading to reduction in risk of their own lives as well as communities.

SEEDS in collaboration with the Puri administration of Odisha has distributed ration especially focussing daily wage labourers residing in Odisha.

Domestic helpers play an important role in giving our families a helping hand in maintaining our homes. During the lockdown, their families were severely affected. Ration distribution to these women in Madurai was an important part of our campaign.

SEEDS team reached out and supported the families during the lockdown in Madurai, Tamil Nadu with ration and hygiene kits. Honourable MP Mr. Su Venkatesan also supported during distribution.

Distributed ration kits in Hyderabad with Shri VC Sajjanar, #IPS Commissioner, Cyberabad Metropolitan Police. SEEDS & Honeywell team committed to serve affected people in COVID19. Our approach to support families!

With heavy lockdown restrictions and scare of community transmission from one state to another, SEEDS team reached out to families and attended distress calls with its emergency helpline number in Uttar Pradesh.

SEEDS’ response to post lockdown in Uttarakhand was extremely important and helpful to families of daily wage earners, masons, domestic helpers, as there was an immediate need for ration as many families struggled to get work and money even after the restrictions were relived. A glimpse of our work in Dehradun and Haridwar, Uttarakhand.

SEEDS team with concern for vulnerable children distributed liquid handwash and ration in active response to the COVID crisis to an orphanage – Rajkiya Kishore and Kishori Shishu Sadan Kedarpuram Dehradun. Ration was utilised for preparing delicious halwa pooris during RamNavami in orphanage.

With increasing risks SEEDS team made sure to keep physical distancing factor across all distribution activities. 26 families in Veer Gabbar Basti, Rajpur were distributed ration with the help of local stakeholders and the officers from Rajpur Police, Dehradun. Following this, SEEDER Mohan Singh generated awareness on community transmission.

Maintaining physical distancing, the distribution in East Medinipur took place successfully with the support from on ground partner KJKS. The villages received ration and hygiene kits.


Thank you to all the local partners and volunteers who have been crucial stakeholders in this journey

Media Snapshots

COVID-19 related support information and resources:

A warm thank you to all SEEDS members and volunteers in supporting to compilation and translation of this resource information.

While most people with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, will experience mild symptoms similar to a cold or the flu, elderly are more vulnerable to get very sick. Evidence shows that adults aged 60 years and older or those with chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes) seem to be at highest risk of complications and fatality rates.
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While we are overwhelmed with information about the novel coronavirus and the outbreak of the disease as a result of it, COVID-19, it is important to take a moment to verify the authenticity of such information in in the interest of safety. Here are some myths or misinformation that is being propagated and the realities we should be aware of! Download in: English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada

The outbreak of COVID-19 can be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and can cause strong emotions. The fear of being out of control and unable to tolerate uncertainty are common characteristics of many anxiety disorders. Current circumstances could make it worse for people with existing mental health issues. few things that are suggested to help with mental health can be downloaded in English, Malyalam, Hindi, Kannada.

Social stigma in the context of health is the negative association between a person or group of people who share certain characteristics and a specific disease. The current COVID-19 outbreak has provoked social stigma and discriminatory behaviours against people of certain ethnic backgrounds as well as anyone perceived to have been in contact with the virus. Few things that are suggested to curb this social stigma during these times can be downloaded here: Kannada, English