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COVID-19 Response

Barefoot College Tilonia COVID-19 Response during the first wave

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Hunger relief efforts were desperately required due to the situation during the COVID-19 lockdown where the daily wage laborers, migrant workers, woman and child with no source of livelihood, living in remote villages and slums were left without any food and savings.

As a response to this  humanitarian crisis, Barefoot College took the initiative to distribute essentials for survival that these affected poor families and individuals needs at the very minimum to tide over the crisis and to remain hunger-free. Working in collaboration with the Rajasthan government, Barefoot College identified the genuinely needy and distributed survival kits to them to ensure hunger-free villages.

With the help of generous donations from donors like you our relief work from April 2020 to September 2020 reached out directly to more than 57,000 individual beneficiaries with 13,800 ready-to-eat food packets and 12,375 survival kits indirectly benefitting over 800,000 people in over 550 villages (and slums) across 11 districts of Rajasthan.

In addition, we reached out to over 2800 children with over 325,000 packets of ‘Super 5’ nutritional supplement as part of our Children Nutrition program that would help strengthen the children’s immune system, especially during the pandemic. Barefoot College’s in-house whole foods nutritional supplement ‘Super 5’ is made from 5 locally sourced ingredients – Chickpea, groundnuts, sesame seeds, jaggery and wheat. It helps in reducing anaemia and fighting malnourishment, especially in children. Barefoot College’s Super5 production unit has the government’s FSSAI license.

The relief efforts of Barefoot College generated over 650 livelihoods for needy women. Barefoot College also supported Grain Banks in over 20 villages of the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh directly benefitting over 4000 beneficiaries. The survival kits mentioned above consists of the following essential items that would last for 15 days for a family of five:

Wheat flour

20 KG

Potatoes

2 KG

Oil

1 L

Onions

2 KG

Salt

1 KG

Chilli powder

250 gms

Turmeric

2.5 KG

Whole food supplements

1.25 KG (sachets of 25 gm)

In addition to the food relief, our survival kits also include personal protective kits that contain recommended reusable cloth face masks, sanitizers, soaps along with sanitary napkins for females to aid the needy individuals protect themselves  from potential harmful infections.

Masks

20 KG

Sanitizer

1 L

Sanitary pads

1 KG

Soaps

2.5 KG

Barefoot College Tilonia COVID-19 Response for Second wave

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40-bed Isolation Ward in Tilonia and Other Rural Areas of Rajasthan. ​In line with the government’s approach and to bolster these efforts, Barefoot College expanded its previously established 10-bed medical wing into a 40-bed Covid Isolation Centre (planned and structured in accordance with the established international guidelines) for COVID positive villagers. Further, Barefoot College in collaboration with a network of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) set up Covid Isolation Centers (12 as of now in 11 districts) across rural areas in Rajasthan for people testing Covid-positive. We collaborated with a group of doctors who will train the staff in clinical management of COVID-19. To ensure proper in-patient care for severe or critical patients, the respective government officials would be notified of any emergency by the CSOs. In such cases, the government shall arrange for an ambulance to immediately shift the patient to a nearby government-run facility ensuring bed availability.

Hunger-free Villages Campaign
To safe-guard the economically vulnerable population, Barefoot College revamped their HUNGER-FREE VILLAGES Movement from last year during the first wave of COVID- 19. Survival kits, like in the first wave, were provided specifically for economically weaker and socially backward sections including migrant labourers and daily wagers without work or savings across the 100 villages we serve.

Village Health Awareness Campaign
Barefoot College created awareness among its community members to encourage COVID-appropriate behaviors to help prevent the spread of viruses. Specifically, we CREATED AWARENESS on: simple preventive health measures like use of mask/face cover, hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, common signs and symptoms of COVID, need for early reporting of cases and vaccination. This work is also aimed at busting myths and counter misinformation.

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