IMPACT OF COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global health crisis affecting billions of people around the world and the most affected are Persons with Disabilities. According to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, marginalized communities, including those living in poverty, elders, indigenous communities, and people with disabilities, are particularly vulnerableand disproportionately impacted during this pandemic.
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, CBRF has initiated various programs in rural areas to safeguard Persons with Disability in the rural villages of India. CBRF distributed ration kits, sanitizers and masks to Persons with Disability and their families. It also spread awareness in the villages – informing people of appropriate action to be taken in view of coping with the pandemic crisisand also encouraged them to avail the special benefits that were announced by the Government.
During July and August 2020, CBRF supported 2,982 families of persons with disabilities through 37 partner NGOs across the country. The cost of each kit varied from Rs.1,500 to Rs.2,000. CBRF also arranged to distribute 471 masks in Uttar Pradesh which were stitched by two women with disabilities. Besides a few other persons with disabilities voluntarily stitched and distributed the masks to the needy in their respective communities. The total amount mobilized for this purpose was approximately Rs.50,61,000.
We could reach out the poor and persons with disability because of generous hearts like you – their assistance helped us to take immediate action in the rural areas. A lot more needs to be done – livelihoods have to be reshaped – we continue to look forward to your support and love.