COVID-19 Preventive Care & Grocery Distribution Drive

COVID-19 is an emergency on a scale we have not seen before. The pandemic will send thousands of underprivileged families into extreme poverty if we don’t ACT NOW - and here’s why.

There is very little or no awareness about hygiene and preventive measures. Social distancing is also not too much of an option in these small hutments, where there is barely enough roof over their heads for everyone. If even one person gets infected, the virus would spread exponentially in these villages. If we don’t provide them a safety net now, every one of them, their children and other dependants are in danger.

The daily wagers are already badly affected due to the nation-wide lockdown. To add to this, the influx of people in rural areas due to reverse migration has put tremendous pressure on available scarce resources in the last 3 weeks. Local resources available will barely be able to sustain for another few days.

With the support of our brave front-line responders - medical practitioners, nurses & volunteers, we have launched two drives.

The Preventive Care Drive comprises of :

Visits by healthcare workers & volunteers to spread awareness w.r.t importance of social distancing, correct methods to cough/sneeze, wash hands, etc.

Distribution of essential kits including items like liquid hand soaps (FDA approved), etc.

Distribution of snack packs (FSSAI approved) and essential medicines

Distribution of masks to susceptible cases

Providing support to the Govt. medical centres with medical infrastructure & equipment

The Grocery Distribution Drive comprises of :

Families in most need from each village have been shortlisted.

Grocery kit will suffice to sustain a livelihood for a month of one household with 8 persons.

It contains essential items like rice (60kgs), toor dal or pigeon pea (4kgs), chana dal or bengal gram (4kgs), wheat flour (20kgs), pulses (3kgs), spices (1kg), salt (2kgs), red chilli powder (2 kgs), edible oil (3kgs), sugar (3kgs), tea (1kg), khakhra-snack (2pkts), biscuits (2pkts) and bathing soap (3pcs).

This is being done under the supervision of the Police authorities, Tehsildar & Govt. authorities, while strictly following social distancing guidelines to avoid gathering people.

We plan to spread awareness and provide grocery kits to 6000 households (and thus 60,000+ villagers) across 100+ backward & tribal villages of Raigad district, just 90 km from Mumbai.

We have already distributed hygiene kits to 4000 families and grocery kits to 600 families as on 10th April 2020; and will continue to strive towards uplifting the lives of underprivileged in the interiors of Maharashtra.

Regular updates about our work are shared on our Insta & FB pages (@mission2020.me)

A donation of INR 5000 can provide a month’s ration for a family of 8 persons. We seek your hearty support in this initiative by supporting as many families as possible and helping us build strong response capabilities on-ground.

Mission 2020

The aim to directly benefit fifty thousand lives by year 2020

Changing lives for the better, at the grassroot level, has been the most rewarding experience. We have helped numerous people stand on their feet and live a life of dignity.

By the year 2020, we aim to directly benefit fifty thousand lives under our various initiatives.

Education

Shree Raj Educational Centre’s school at Parli is a one-of-its-kind rural school having amenities and standards at par with any other urban school. The key thought behind this is to endow these children with the best formal education to make them into independent and confident individuals.

FIRST English Medium School in entire Taluka.

1050+ students (academic year 2018-19) from 90 neighbouring villages in 40 km radius take benefit of highly subsidized education.

40% of students are girls – in spite of being a rural area.

Fully equipped with Computer Lab, Dance & Music Academy, Library, Biology, Physics, Chemistry Labs, Activity rooms, Work-experience rooms & Staff rooms.

Computers & E-learning initiated from 1st Standard.

FIRST English Medium School in entire Taluka.

Uniforms, shoes, textbooks, notebooks and healthy protein-rich daily mid-day snack provided free.

Entire facility fire compliant and kept under 24x7 CCTV surveillance.

Rated 9/10 under the RTE Ratings by Govt. of Maharashtra on their website.

First ‘Green school’ in the Taluka by adapting to Solar Power generation.

11 School Buses provided till their homes, saving hours of walking.

Our effort to promote rural education– “Education First” has been recognized by “A World at School” – which is an international campaign in 85 countries.

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Future plans

1

College for 11th & 12th Std, in affiliation with University of Cambridge

2

Hostel accommodation for boys and girls

3

Sports Complex of international standard

Healthcare

Parli was one of the most backward & undeveloped tribal belts of Maharashtra, with lack of even basic Medical Infrastructure and Facilities for a radius of 20 kms around the area. In the year 2004, our team of doctors voluntarily offered to conduct Medical Camps and thus began the journey of Shree Raj Medical Centre.

Multiple Camps conducted from 2004 till date.

Various Diagnostic & Curative Camps conducted for under-privileged villagers on regular basis every year, like Mega Eye Camp, Dental, ENT, Pediatric, Gynaecology and General check-up.

Specialty camps organized such as Cancer screening in association with Tata Memorial Hospital & CPAA, Hepatitis B vaccination, Heart camps, etc

Team of Reputed & Senior Medical Practitioners such as Dentists, Skin Specialist, ENT Surgeon, Laproscopic Surgeon, Chest Physician, Homeopaths, etc. visit twice a week.

Facilitation of Advanced Treatment at reputed Institutes and hospitals at Mumbai.

1400+ free cataract surgeries done so far, with 100% success rate.

6000+ villagers & tribal population across 100 villages provided better quality of life.

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Future plans

1

State-of-the-art Hospital

2

Pathology laboratory

3

Dialysis Centre

Women Empowerment

Shramik Naari Sangh (Sa-Ni-Sa) undertakes economic empowerment of under-privileged and needy women to enable them earn a livelihood, run their families and become independent. Sa-Ni-Sa is a charitable society registered under The Societies Registration Act and The Bombay Public Trusts Act. Training and employment opportunities are provided in manufacturing of food products, tiffin services, corporate gift packs, premium chocolates, handcrafted bath & body care products and handicraft articles through its brands ‘Chaakri’, ‘Divinite’, ‘Puro’ and ‘Udaan’.

Chaakri : Empowers women by training them to make Khakhras with 100% whole grains and natural ingredients. All Khakhras are vacuum packed, have zero trans-fat, are FSSAI approved and recommended by nutritionists.

Puro : Under-privileged women are trained to make Handcrafted Bath & Body Products that are without harmful, cancer-causing preservatives and chemicals. All Puro products are 100% vegetarian, non-toxic and FDA approved.

Divinite : Women are trained by professional chocolatiers in the art of premium chocolate making and packaging. Chocolates are handmade, FSSAI approved and have unique flavours like chilli, cinnamon, blueberry, etc.

Udaan : Trains women to make handicrafts, home decoratives, paper jewellery and products that are eco-friendly and income generating.

In addition to providing training and employment, various initiatives are undertaken to ensure the holistic development, well-being and happiness, such as –

  • Bus pick-up and drop facility
  • Nutritious brunch everyday
  • Free sanitary napkin distribution every month
  • Regular medical camps like general health, gynaecology, breast cancer, etc.
  • Everyday yoga sessions for fitness and preventive care
  • Training provided for skill enhancement
  • Middle-aged women encouraged to pursue studies with work
  • Birthday and festival celebrations, picnics, etc
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Future plans

1

Factory  for manufacturing Khakhras

2

Papad manufacturing unit

3

Agarbatti and incense sticks manufacturing unit



A joint initiative by Shrimad Rajchandra Aatma Tatva Research Centre, Asiatic Charitable Trust, Shramik Naari Sangh, Shree Rajanuyayi Charitable Trust