NEW HUMANITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY

NEW HUMANITY’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 EMERGENCY

 

 Since COVID-19 showed up in Myanmar and India, our local staff supported our beneficiaries in many ways. Covid-19 spread hadn’t only health consequences, but the biggest impact in our project’s context was the socio-economic consequence of local lockdowns. That’s why we invested 21.567 € to support local population in this critical period.

 

 

 

Actually both Myanmar and India are still in lockdown and we’re keeping on supporting them. Since March 2020 until today we organized different activities trying to face the emergency and answer to local needs:

 

  • 12.020 € invested for distribution of FOOD and BASIC GOODS to families who were struggling after the lockdown.

 

  • 4.520 € invested for distribution of HYGIENIC MATERIALS to all our beneficiaries and in support to local municipalities. 

 

  • 2.673 € invested for MEDICINES and DOCTOR’S VISITS to our beneficiaries. 

 

  • 2.356 € invested in the organization of PREVENTION TRAINING about COVID-19.

 

   

   

 

 

 

We organized those activities in all contexts we are working in.

 

 In India we’re keeping on supporting slum’s children with disabilities and their families, especially in this period when they are most isolated than ever.

 

  

Coronavirus Dance

In Yangon, Myanmar, we’re keeping on supporting the juvenile detention center through education activities and we added also special activities for COVID-19. We’re keeping on supporting the School for Disabled Children and the Disabled Care Centre through a constant provision of hygienic materials and basic goods. Whenever the lockdown allowed us we also kept on supporting them through our professional staff, even though now that the lockdown is stricter our professionals are not allowed to enter the centre.

 

 Distribution

In Shan State our activities in community based rehabilitation for children with disabilities, drugs prevention and rural development kept on as planned. We only had to stop for 2 months, even though we had special permission to go in villages for distributions or similar activities, but now the situation in that region is not so critical and there is no lockdown for the moment.

 

Our House of Dreams in Taunggyi gave availability to host people in quarantine, we organized everything in the house in order to be able to meet these special guests and we were able to answer to all request from the government, hosting some group for 14 days each.

 

Luckily we were able to support those activities thanks to a special attention from our main donors, through an agreed adaptation of project’s budget to these new special needs. We also had some unexpected contributions from private donors who helped us to face this critical period.

 

 

Unfortunately the emergency hasn’t stopped yet, most of our beneficiaries are still in lockdown and lockdown consequences will gave new problems for longer than expected. So if you wish to help us please donate here indicating “Covid-19 emergency”.

THANKS TO ALL OUR DONORS AND SUPPORTERS!

NEW LOCK-DOWN IN OUR PROJECTS’ COUNTRIES

NEW LOCK-DOWN IN OUR PROJECTS’ COUNTRIES

Unfortunately Covid-19 pandemic is not improving in Myanmar and India, at the opposite the situation is now worsening.

Lockdown in YangonIn Myanmar this week the lock-down re-started even stricter in Yangon region, where we have our central office.

Our country director, Livio Maggi, is always in touch with governmental staff and he wrote us that the government is now planning to distribute essential items to all families in order to avoid everybody to go out. Actual official numbers of infected people are not so high, with 8515 cases and 155 deaths, anyway it’s a critical situation as they have only 70 places in intensive care in the whole country. So our staff is temporarily not allowed to go to disability centers and to the juvenile center we are supporting in Yangon, we’re keeping on supporting them only through hygienic and basic materials distribution.

Luckily the virus is not spreading so high in Shan State, where we have our projects in Taunggyi and Kyaing Tong, so our staff is keeping on working as usual at the service of our beneficiaries in disability, education, social inclusion and rural development fields.

 

In India the situation seems to have no end. Few weeks ago it seemed that the situation was a bit improving Flood in Jaipurand the lock-down has been a bit relaxed, our staff managed at the beginning of August to re-start activities for children with disabilities in Jaipur slums and we were hoping that this could have been our new start. Unfortunately at mid-August a flood occurred in Jaipur and Covid numbers started again to increase, we all know last weeks’ numbers reaching actual 5.818.570 cases with 92.317 deaths. Especially in Rajahstan the situation has worsened, the lock-down started again at the beginning of September and now we only have to wait for another improvement. Our local staff is keeping on supporting our beneficiaries with basic goods distributions, but they can’t wait to start again with all therapies, because those children really need it.

 

Food distributionWe are really grateful to our local staff because they managed to keep on supporting all beneficiaries, finding always alternative ways, they are very special and devoted people, thanks so much!

 

We still need some help in order to face this critical situation which is still keeping to create problems, especially for the poorest. If you wish to help in some way you can donate here indicating in notes “Covid-19 emergency”.

 

 

 

Thanks to you all who already helped, without your help nothing wouldn’t have been possible.

 

 

 

IN INDIA STARVATION MAY OVERTAKE CORONAVIRUS: OUR RESPONSE TO LOCK-DOWN CONSEQUENCES

IN INDIA STARVATION MAY OVERTAKE CORONAVIRUS: OUR RESPONSE TO LOCK-DOWN CONSEQUENCES

In India the lock-down started at March, the 25th with 519 confirmed cases. This lock-down started suddenly, with only 4 hours left to people to organize themselves.  

Many people in India, especially in big cities, work on daily labor and in few days they really run out their savings and had nothing to eat. Images and video crossed the world showing the tragic consequences of this lock-down, thousands of people left without anything in big cities decided to come back to their villages, by foot, for hundreds and hundreds kilometers: pregnant women, elder, little children…and some of them already didn’t survive to this journey.

JaIpur, where our project Navchetan is set, is declared red zone. In our slum, Jawahar Nagar, a family was found infected and the access to the slum is very restricted now.

After 2 months of lock-down there are 101.261 cases and 3.164 deaths, and numbers are keeping on increasing, no showing any slowing down. “Will there be an end?  There will certainly be an answer for Corona but STARVATION MAY OVERTAKE THE CORONAVIRUS in number of victims” said our local program manager.

Thanks to our local staff’s commitment and to our donors’ support we’re keeping on supporting our beneficiaries in Jawahar Nagar slum, in different ways. As our beneficiaries are children with disabilities, their families are not even able to try to go back to their villages.

Here the words of our program manager, Bridget Kalarickal,

“It is becoming bad to worse.  In spite of the long days of lock down the cases and deaths are on increase.  Now there is some relaxations on lock down.  We fear it may worsen the situation.  The lock down may continue until May 31st.  Then what? We do not know. 

Thousands of  Non Residents Indians are returning to India.  This also leads to major problems.  The states like Kerala which was  at stable in preventing infection, in treating  and limiting the spread of Corona virus is at reversal of come back because of the entry of  Indians from other countries who were exposed to the virus.

In general  the poor are becoming more frustrated.  During the past lock downs days they had a hope of  ending the misery.   

Many of the migrant workers are making effort to go back to their places even by foot.  Imagine hundreds of kilometers  walking day and night with little provisions for their journey including sick, pregnant women and children.  Some had their fate  ending the journey by overrunning trains (they choose railway track in order to escape the police ) and other vehicles or fatigue, sunstroke etc.  the government has arranged few trains  and other transport but can be  benefited limited numbers.  The flight of these unfortunate poor are very pathetic and heartbreaking.  Will there be an end?  There will certainly be an answer for Corona but the Starvation may overtake the Corona. We are also at the risk of facing another tragedy with the Umban cyclonic storm which could cross the land in next  few hours.  The southern and East southern state is under threat under this severe cyclonic storm.

We are keeping contact with our children.  We distributed food items to them.  It is great relief to them at least for survival. The days for normal functioning and restart of  children’s service are distant days.”

Immediately after the lock-down our staff started to move and organized food distribution, some local donors contacted them in order to donate for our children. Bridget and her co-workers managed to organize several distribution:

–         On 6-4-2020: long-term food items were distributed to families of children using the local funds .

–        On 20-04-2020:  distribution of cash to families of the children in order to make them able to buy essential items: cooking gas, milk, vegetables… as food items distribution includes only rice/wheat, dhals, oil etc which could be stored for few days.

–         On 16 -05 2020: distribution of long-term food items, by request of mothers. 

We managed to do it thanks to the permission from the police department and the collaboration of  Fr. Sibi, the parish priest  who provided the vehicle.

As the lock down is prolonged the poor find it more and more difficult to earn the livelihood. No work means no food situation prevails and they survive on the goodness and generosity of others. 

In this tragic situation EVEN A LITTLE HELP COULD SAVE A FAMILY, every person can make a difference, and our supporters already showed their generosity. If you want to help you can donate here 

 

Thanks to our supporters, friends and local staff we were able to give relief to our beneficiaries’ families, THANK YOU ALL!

COVID-19: EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN INDIA

COVID-19: EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN INDIA

Here few words from our local program manager: “At present lock down is until 14th April. The extension of it depends on the situation of COVID 19 spread. In daily reporting there is high jump in the number of people infected. So the next few days  are very crucial. Presently major cities like Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur are  on the hit list. There is a fear in all about community infection and if the lock down is extended the people may die more of starvation than of covid infection. Here there is no political or social commitment to meet this grave situation especially for the poor unemployed. Jaipur is one of the city under special surveillance for infection.”

 Our local staff already started to respond to the emergency, they immediately asked local police a special permission to reach the slum, where there is our Navchetan centre, in order to organize there a distribution of food and hygienic materials to all families included in our program. They will come at the centre once in a week, at agreed time in order to avoid to have more than one person at a time, and they will receive their package with all needed basic stuffs for one week.

This action is possible also because of the help of local private donors and local community, New Humanity International already allocated some fund for the response to the emergency of COVID-19 but our staff managed to start reacting even before this because of the immediate response of local community to prevent starvation of our beneficiaries.

This is a beautiful witnessing on how solidarity could start in unexpected ways and in unexpected moments.

Thanks to our local staff for their promptness to react to the emergency organizing new actions and to local donors who gave us the chance to help in this critical moment!