As World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 as a Pandemic. The entire country was under lockdown from 24h March 2020, to prevent and minimise the COVID-19 Virus by breaking the chain. The outbreak has not only caused a health and humanitarian crisis but also has challenged the way of life. The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting lockdown, has provoked many reactions and emotions in all of us – fear, exhaustion, worry, loneliness, irritation.In rural areas, however, COVID-19 has become more than a health emergency.The situation is especially critical in poorer, rural areas like Odisha. Here, COVID-19 restrictions have heightened existing inequalities and worsened poverty, shattering the already fragile hopes and livelihoods of the most economically disadvantaged members of the society.
Witnessing the situation, LKBK moved to its working villages and interacted with the community regarding the difficulties during the lockdown. The income has been drastically reduced. Yes the assistance given for 3 months in advance from Govt. is a fact, but in respect of certain items like Rice (5kg per Head) with 1 KG Dal per family to to each ration card holders, but the quantity supplied for the stipulated period is exhausted much earlier. There is no any other support from other source, so we planned at least to give support with a dry food package for 1 month for those poor needy household of Harbhanga Block of Boudh district and Athamallik Block of Angul district of Odisha.
Visualising the difficulties faced by the community, LKBK approached it’s donor partners to support the community in the crisis to reduce the emerged negative impact/ risks of the lockdown and to ensure food availability in all vulnerable households in the community. LKBK works with the donors promptly responded to our request. The Hunger Project,India agreed to support 300 families and BASAID Organization for 130 families. It was mutually agreed by LKBK and THP-India to support the community with dry food ration like Dal-2 kg, Salt-1kg,Sugar-2 kg,Refine oil-1litre,Potato-3 kg,Onion-3 kg,Masala pouch,Turmeric pouch,Soya chunks-1 kg, Tea (dust) pouche, Chuda-1 kg,Glucose-1 pkt (250 gm),Detergent pouche ,Soap-5pcs.
Similarly BASAID Organization offered the Dry Food Ration kit & hygiene kits which contains Rice-25kg, Dal-2kg, Patato-5kg, Mustard Oil-1ltr, Turmeric powder-250gm,Salt- 1kg, Soaps-5 pcs and Cotton Masks- 5 pieces. It was also decided to adhere a standard distribution protocol to ensure and follow the Govt. guidelines of social distancing and hand hygiene. Before the distribution of relief materials, LKBK duly informed the District Administration regarding the relief operation.
We acknowledge our deepest gratitude to BASAID Organization and The Hunger Project, India for keeping trust on us and making the things happen through their generous and benevolent support.