IJM rallies with partner organizations and Udayonmukha leaders to form support network during COVID19 lockdown

The challenges that prevail due to the current lockdown notwithstanding, the IJM teams have collaborated with partner organisations to reach 397 families and 102 individuals, distribute sanitation kits to 55 families and assist transportation for 6 individuals and provide 150 hygiene products to 40 families.  The teams continue to be available to support the government as needed.

The Mukti Alliance core team members have been working with the communities of urban poor, migrant labourers and workers from north-east. They have built strong and reliable connections with members of communities, local governments and civil society organisations. During the COVID19 crisis, several NGOs and their associates have rapidly and proactively mobilised support - procured rations, crowdfunding, transport, government permissions for movement and volunteers. They have reached out to such communities, as well as responded to calls and needs of labourers stranded in different parts of the city/State.

Global Concerns India (GCI), in collaboration with 8 other organisations, has been able to secure rations for street vendors and domestic workers living in LRNagar. About 5000 migrant labourers receive meals daily. They have built a network that covers Kollegal, Bijapur, Dharwad and other districts and areas such as Electronic City, Sarjapur, Koramangala and Austin town in Bangalore city.  

TEDS coordinated support for several NGOs and helped connect donors with NGOs. They were able to collect rice and other provisions from donors to supply to the community.

MAARGA provided relief for families of daily wage earners and marginalized communities like domestic workers, drivers, construction workers, hospital and school workers, hotel workers and other low paid unorganized community families. In the first phase Maarga reached out to 1000 families to distribute dry rations worth of Rs.1000 situated in Koramangala slum clusters where Rajendranagar, Shastri Nagar, Geethanjali Slum, Ambedkar, Samtha Nagar, LR Nagar. 125 migrant workers from Odisha living in Koramangala, Sudhama Nagara, Madivala, Electronic city received dry ration kits by MAARGA volunteers. They also supplied and transported relief material to released bonded labourers & their communities in Ramangara district. Maarga gave 200 ration kits.

Shantha Jeeva Jyothi (SJJ) procured and transported relief kits in slum and rural communities of Ramanagara district. With the department of Women and Child Development, SJJ is conducting surveys on vulnerable communities and awareness generation on COVID prevention in Ramanagara district. SJJ has extended collaboration on this initiative by supplying additional soaps to the members of Udayonmukha, the Released Bonded Labourers Association (RBLA) to be distributed to other survivors and the larger community in Kadasigoppa village.

To support the statewide statutes in a relevant way with our survivor community, IJM and Udayonmukha leaders adopted the initiative to provide basic soaps to communicate and propagate the good practice of everyday hygiene, reiterating the ‘frequent hand wash’ message. The importance of social distancing and staying clear or congregating in groups or visiting crowded venues is also being communicated.

IJM spent time training Marappa and other Udayonmukha leaders over the phone and through various video clips and visual material via whatsapp on the effective use of the products. The leaders have been reaching out to their communities in Ramanagara and Mandya districts, to supply soaps and demonstrate the importance of hand washing and personal hygiene. This initiative, though small-scale and simple is set to swivel enormous support for the community, with access to free soaps to ensure basic personal hygiene, that could prevent the spread of the Covid19 virus.

IJM field staff and social worker in Krishnagiri has been the heart of the network, unstintingly coordinating with the different stakeholders to ensure that basic hygiene packs, food provisions and food parcels were delivered to the different survivor families. Different survivor groups have been receiving food packets, food provisions (rice, vegetables, oil, soap) being distributed by Panchayat vice-presidents and orientation on hygiene routines given by community volunteers. A list of villages where survivors live in the Hosur Revenue Division has been compiled in collaboration with the IJM Chennai team and will be sent to the Hosur Sub-Collector so timely relief can be provided to them as well.