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Cognizant Outreach and Rapid Response to The Coronavirus Crisis in India

With kind donation from Cognizant Outreach, The We Foundation organized a five day campaign to reach 600 families of daily wage workers and migrants with dry ration and hygiene kits to ensure that the families have enough food on the table for at least 15 days amid Covid crisis. The campaign covered both rural and urban parts of Bengal.

Measures to curb community spread of coronavirus:

The We Foundation’s Rapid Response Team in coordination with the Government conducted active case searches by organizing community-based rapid screening of families in the locations where we distributed relief kits to the families.

The screening was done by Government healthcare workers and suspected cases were linked with the nearest Government health facilities with the help of Local Police, frontline health workers and Block/Municipal Administration.

Therefore, we are not only ensuring food security but also curbing community spread of the disease.

Covid response

Rural India

Date: 6 and 9 August 2020
Location: Dakhin Barasat GP, Joynagar-I Block of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal
No. of Beneficiaries: 356

The We Foundation’s rapid response team distributed 356 food and hygiene kits to migrant and daily wagers in the select locations. The Gram Panchayat Pradhan, Upa Pradhan were present in the relief camp.

Two frontline health workers of Government were screening the people and three suspected cases were taken to the nearby Government health centre for covid-19 testing.

Prior to the campaign, the team of 15 members conducted a thorough screening of all households at the gram sansad level to avoid wastage of resources and select families received food tokens, mentioning the food and hygiene kit distribution date and time.

Since social distancing is an effective way to stem the community spread of the virus, we had given different time slots to beneficiaries to ensure the social distancing norms.

Urban India

Date: 3 August 2020
Location: Netaji Nagar, Regent Park Police Station, ward no. 97 under Kolkata Municipal Corporation
No. of Beneficiaries: 44

A total of 44 families of daily wage earners especially rickshaw pullers, van pullers, domestic help, carpenters, cobblers, barbers received dry ration and hygiene kits.

Most of the daily wage earners are finding it difficult to arrange two square meals per day.

Celebrating India’s 74th Independence Day with the Homeless and Daily Wage Workers.

Date: 15-16 August 2020
Location: Behala, Thakurpukur Police Station, Ward no. 126 under Kolkata Municipal Corporation
No. of Beneficiaries: 200

The 74th Independence Day was celebrated with the flag hoisting by Prof. Partha Chakraborty and this was followed by Independence Day address by Dr Swapan Das and Mr Subhas Chakraborty of The We Foundation.

The Ward Councillor/Coordinator, Famous Poet Narayan Nag among others also attended the programme. The function was followed by a relief distribution to 200 families of daily wage earners in the Thakurpukur area.

This is a joint initiative of Cognizant Outreach and The We Foundation. A total of 15 Rapid Response team members organized the relief camp.

Since there is a dearth of frontline health workers in Kolkata, screening was done by The We Foundation team members.

We wish to reach out to more and more homeless, daily wagers and migrant families across India. Please Donate!

An appeal to all Corporate CSRs and Individual Donors to support our endeavour.

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