While the world is going through a huge crisis due to COVID-19 the rural communities of India have been greatly affected, none more so than those of Uttar Pradesh of which Anupshahar is one. One of the major challenges faced by our community during this Pandemic is the loss of livelihoods leading to hunger and distress.

Pardada Pardadi Educational Society is reaching out to over 1,50,000 people in over 120 villages in rural Anupshahar. They are primarily dependent on subsistence farming and 80% of the population is below the poverty line according to the World Bank Standards ($1.90 per day) Many of them are daily wage labourers, migrant labours, people with special abilities, elderly and single women.

As the first step in this battle to sustain hope for those in the most desperate need PPES aims to provide food relief and dry ration packs to those who need it. The second phase is the post COVID-19 phase where we plan to help re-start people’s lives and rehabilitate the local communities.

A short video narrating the story of the life of people in Anupshahar during COVID-19.

What Are We Doing

On April 8TH 2020 the U.P. government requested the help of PPES to set up a quarantine centre to house 250 individuals. In response, we have opened up our campus to house them. The local police, administration, and government medical team are on site.

We have established a hotline service, which is a toll-free number available for consultation on issues related to problems arising due to the lockdown. We have ten college graduates of PPES managing this hotline service.

We have delivered food and hygiene kits and dry rations to the neediest families who are most severely impacted by the lock down and who have lost their livelihoods.

PPES’s economic empowerment unit; I Village is producing face-masks for the local authorities and population. This is generating employment for 200 women from Anupshahar.

We are working with our self-help group women during the current phase, identifying those most in need.

We are providing regular SMS service, disseminating up-to-date and relevant information. This has become a very important tool for awareness of COVID- 19.

We continue our Telemedical consultations at the Prana Health centre as needed.

We are reaching out to over 120 villages surrounding Anupshahar and we are delivering dry rations and supplies to those families identified by the community development team as the hardest hit by COVID-19.

PPES are campaigning to sustain hope during COVID-19 whilst supporting the rural community of Anupshahar.

Requesting your support under five categories:

Food and Ration Kit for a family of 7 people for 1 month: INR 1000 / $15 Per Kit.

A direct cash transfer to cover their basic medicines and necessities: INR 1000/ $15 Per family.

There is an option to make a donation of any amount.

Face Masks Kit containing 10 pairs of reusable Masks: INR 1000/ $15 Per Kit.

Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation Fund to help them get back on their feet once the pandemic is over: INR 2000/ $30, per family.

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