SEEDS Joins fight against Coronavirus, activates action Serving the most vulnerable and invisible

SEEDS is reaching out to economically vulnerable people in partnership with Government of India and state governments of Bihar, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand 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 Response to COVID-19 focuses on immediate needs in the following areas:

  1. Financial and essential services support to the daily wage earners
  2. Support to district administration for complementing and supplementing public health systems
  3. Supply of hygiene kits and food rations to marginalised families, old age homes and orphanages
  4. Support to Government for establishment of temporary quarantine facilities, where needed

Please make your contribution today to support fight against COVID-19 and help us contain the Novel Corona Virus outbreak in India. Your support can help us strengthen government’s efforts towards it too.

Rs. 500: Meal kit for a family for a week

Meal kit for a family of 5 consisting of a combination of wheat flour, rice, oil, salt and pulses.

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Rs. 1500: Family hygiene kit for a month supply

Hygiene kit for a family with a month’s supply consisting of with soap bar, liquid soap, detergent, utensil washing soap, sanitary pads, disinfectant liquid and towel.

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Rs. 5000: Financial support to a daily wage worker
Monetary support for sustenance of daily wage earners, who have temporarily lost their jobs and are unable to access food and essential items.

For further information contact:
Ms. Pritha Purkayastha, Co-ordinator, Resource Mobilisation and Partnership
Mobile: +91 98685 06347 | Email: pritha@seedsindia.org

Updates From The Field:

Delhi

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.

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.

Maharashtra

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.

Karnataka

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

Kerala

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.

Odisha

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.

Bihar

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.

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.

1)COVID-19 related information for the Elderly

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.
Download the information in English, Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Assamese,Urdu

2) COVID-19: Myth vs. Reality

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

3) Psychosocial Care and Well Being

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.

4)Preventing Social Stigma

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