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Sakhi Task force member Usha Gurav supports widows in Marathwada during COVID19

By auther pic. Swayam Shikshan Prayog

April 30, 2020

Sakhi Task force member Usha Gurav supports widows in Marathwada during COVID19

Sakshi Task Force

#WorkfromHome has hit the widows in Marathwada, the most. They had lost their daily jobs and small businesses faced closure. When people do not have enough, who is to look out for widows and their children?

In neighbouring district of Solapur, twenty widows in Boramani village had no one to look to. They would lose their dignity, if they asked their neighbors.

Seeing their plight, Usha Gurav urged her Self Help Group supported by Swayam Shikshan Prayog said “Wasn’t Mutual Aid the reason why we formed this group “? She motivated her group to dig into their precious savings and made a plan to support twenty widows and others. In presence of their #Panchayat, they procured and distributed fifty grocery kits enough to feed well over 200 people.

Unstoppable, these leaders went on to help the Panchayat to look after migrants who have traveled back bringing back nothing with them. “They are not outsiders, they are after all, our people”…Says Usha about people who have returned from cities.

Sakhi Task Force:

1500 empowered women leaders are now part of the “Sakhi Task Force”. The Sakhi Task Force will:

  • Ensure distribution of food supplies to the most needy.
  • Monitor #life saving practices - hand washing, water and hygiene.
  • 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/ 

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    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.

     

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