“It is during such testing times that bravehearts are tested”
– globalbihari bureau
Patna: During pandemic time, it is the common people who suffer. The nationwide lockdown in face of COVID-19 outbreak has caused miseries to a large population. It is during such testing times that the bravehearts are tested. There are many such bravehearts who have been working tirelessly not just to make the common gentry comfortable, but to ensure their treatment and also that rules are strictly followed. Policemen, doctors, grocery and medicine suppliers are the true Corona warriors. But there are many volunteers who are contributing in their own way during these distressing times. They do not only need motivation but also wider platforms to reach out to the people. globalbihari.com is happy to extend its support to these kind souls.
One such voluntary organisation performing such welfare activities is Bihar Voluntary Health Association. It is one of the oldest networks of health-focussed organization in Bihar. Its executive director Swapan Mazumdar says the organization has its own ways of contributing to society. The organisation has distributed food materials among 700 marginalised families in Maner Block of Patna so far. The distribution was done through eight designated grocery shops opened with the support of its livelihood project. The owners of the shops were transferred the amount as per the number of the beneficiaries of their villages at the rate of Rs 500 per beneficiary in their bank accounts. For this the NGO could get the support of KKS – BMZ, Germany and Damji Family, Canada.
While BVHA extended support to 7200 families, also supported the Covid-19 affected 500 daily wage workers, homeless, people living in slums and urban poor through food packets, dry grains, rice, oil, spices, sugar and distributed hygiene kits with masks, phenyl, soaps, disinfectant liquid to the women from the vulnerable communities in the society in 15 Districts of Bihar, another Patna-based NGO, Kaushalya Foundation has been distributing sanitary napkins, much to the respite of girls and women from the weaker section of the society. Founder of Kaushalya Foundation, Kaushalendra, an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad, says his organisation has devised a comprehensive plan to distribute sanitary napkins to 20,000 women and girls during lockdown. “Our team has identified menstrual hygiene management (MHM), as one added crisis for women and girls during this period,” he told globalbihari.com.
Kaushalya Foundation is also working with 50,000 farmers in four districts of Bihar where migrants are pouring in large numbers. Nalanda Medical College, Patna has been given 1000 pieces of 3 layered masks and 200 pieces sanitisers. “We have adopted a three-pronged strategy to help needy- first is to provide food supplies to the most vulnerable and marginalised, second is to arrange and distribute safety and hygiene materials for the most vulnerable groups and third is to carry out awareness drive and information sharing,’ Kaushalendra said.