COVID-19 Support

The COVID-19 preventive lockdown has changed the life of every individual in the country. While the lockdown is laudable and very much required to fight the pandemic, it has also lead to numerous problems, especially for the underprivileged section of the society who live in a ‘hand to mouth’ situation throughout the year. Millions of daily wage earners have lost their jobs and are struggling to fend for themselves and their families.

And horrifyingly, our children have become even more vulnerable to exploitation. Children belonging to the economically weaker sections of the society have become susceptible to trafficking, labour and exploitation due to financial crisis, the children who are spending more time than ever on the internet now are also exposed to predators in the virtual world.

With all these and many more challenges ahead of us, we at Bal Ashram are Doing Our Bit through a number of activities, relief work, and grocery distribution to help those in need, at the same time protecting the children rescued from child labour, trafficking and other forms of exploitation, living at our shelter home. 

We would like to express our gratitude to the Pirojsha Godrej Foundation for their valued support to our Covid relief efforts! Thanks to them, in April we were able to provide grocery kits to over 630 families, including the nomadic Banjara families; and also comprehensive support to child survivors of exploitation living at our shelter home.

Grocery kit distribution

placeholderMore than 400 disadvantaged families belonging to 10 Banjara (nomadic) tribes of Rajasthan were provided grocery for 15 days as soon as the lockdown was announced. The second set of kits are being provided now. These kits include Rice, flour, pulses, oil, salt, spices, tea and Sugar along with two soaps each.

Also, more than 300 families living in nearby villages have been provided these grocery kits with the help of district administration.

A total of more than 3500 individuals are being benefitted by the ration distribution.

Making and distributing masks

Adolescents living at our home who are undergoing vocational training of tailoring, along with their teachers have till date stitched over 4000 masks. These masks have been distributed not just among the villagers but also to policemen, health workers and cleanliness workers. More masks are being stitched and will be distributed on need basis.

Ensuring safety of our children

To ensure that our children are safe and protected from the virus all foreign tours and volunteer visits were cancelled from the month of February. The campus has been sanitized thrice since March 30th. The children have been informed about the pandemic and they have been actively making paintings and posters related to the issue for awareness.