loading-image
Sakhi Task Force member Priya Khot mobilizes women to fight COVID19

By auther pic. Swayam Shikshan Prayog

May 21, 2020

Sakhi Task Force member Priya Khot mobilizes women to fight COVID19

COVID-19 Lockdown paralyzed the life of the poor and people were finding it very difficult to survive every day. Panchincholi is such a village in Latur District, Maharashtra.

 

"Why people are not coming to help in time for the poor?" asks Priya Khot, a Community Resource Person of Swayam Shikshan Prayog from the village who gave her PDS allocated food items to three poor families as a sign of solidarity. Motivated by Priya’s action, 14 women from Mahila Shetkari Ghat (Women Agriculture Group) came forward and mobilized Food for 25 poor families and distributed. She runs a floor mill and provide free service for everyone in the village for making wheat powder on 15th and 16th of every month."

 

Encouraged by the response from the people, a training on mask making was provided by Bhagyashree Mahila Grih Udyog, an NGO in Nilanga. Back to the community, Priya trained six women for mask making. The group made 600 masks that is being collected by the NGO for distribution. When Panchincholi Gram Panchayat Sarpanch, Mr. Shrikant Salunkhe noticed Priya's commitment and action, he recommended neighbouring Panchayat to use her skills in community mobilization and #Relief effort.

 

"I was so shy and hesitant to go out and meet people. The changes happened in me when I started involved in #SHG meetings and activities and become a Community Resource Person.”

 

Priya is overwhelmed with the response and recognition she got from her community and Panchayat to do more work for the community. She has encouraged CRPs in her neighboring villages also for working with communities and support to GP.

 

"I am proud of what I am doing. Panchayat and community given me respect and I have to give it back to my community", says, Priya Khot.

 

Sakhi Task Force

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), with the help of its network of 'Sakhis', has been able to collect and analyze data from 300 villages in rural Maharashtra, who have been worst hit by the current situation. A detailed list of more than 5000 individuals and families has been compiled. These are the neediest of the neediest people, who will probably go hungry unless urgent help arrives immediately.

 

Sakhis in each village have begun to procure packages of dry groceries - wheat, millet, rice, oil, hygiene products from the local grocery shops and are distributing the aid packages in the village in the presence of the local Panchayats.

 

Sakhi Task Force leaders are also engaged in guiding and counseling in matters of health, hygiene and livelihoods and to access government relief. This challenging task is being achieved within the prescribed norms of social distancing and without any person from the village having to venture beyond their local boundaries.

 

About Swayam Shikshan Prayog 

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) is joining the national efforts to reduce the impact of COVID- 19. They have two decades of experience in Turning Crisis into opportunities to build Community Resilience. As a result, they have a strong network of women leaders - ready to face any crisis head-on. Currently, SSP is working as a “bridging force” in collaboration with the government in eight districts in Maharashtra, Bihar and Kerala.

 

Click the link to know more about it:

https://swayamshikshanprayog.org/covid-19/

 

If the story resonates with you, please share



Impact-Story is a series on development and CSR interventions leading to some impacts on the ground. If you have a project, innovation or intervention that has changed the lives of a few people or a community, please share a brief note at csr@ngobox.org. Our Team will get back to you after validating the information for a detailed coverage.

Author

Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP) is joining the national efforts to reduce the impact of COVID- 19. They have two decades of experience in Turning Crisis into opportunities to build Community Resilience.

 

Suggest a Story: If you have similar story to refer, please fill in the form