#100,000 MEALS @ Hygiene Kits @ Education Kits
Supported by The Embassy of The Federal Republic of Germany, New Delhi
Amita Sahaya’s chance meeting with a senior official from the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, N.Delhi in December 2019 laid the foundation for a massive Covid-19 relief program six months later, when India was in the grip of the first wave of the pandemic.
The lockdown 1.0, 2020 presented apocalyptic pictures of the effect of the pandemic on India’s most vulnerable population. In the unauthroised colony of Sangam Vihar, Delhi, where our Community Centre is located, the impact was most visible amongst the women and children of the lower economic strata. The former despite financial constraints, loss of jobs etc. still had to nurture their families. For the children it meant lack of nutritious food as school attendance is linked to mid-day meals, but with schools closed, the situation was particularly hard for them.
With the embassy’s support we worked out theCOVID-19 Relief project, where a comprehensive package was chalked out and over a 4 months period from July –November 2020 Dry rations and hygiene kits comprising of sanitary napkins, hand made washable masks, hand made bags etc were given to more than 20,000 women, and Education Kits given to 4000 girl children, which enabled them to continue their learning.
The partnership with the Embassy goes back to 2012, when they supported WWHI in adding a floor to the existing building built by UCDVO volunteers (University College Dublin). The floor was dedicated to skill training for the women, and the Terrace became a playground for the children.