covid-19: war against hunger

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COVID-19 has proven to be not only a health crisis, but also a livelihood crisis – creating a hunger and malnutrition catastrophe especially for the marginalised section.

The last two years have been devastating as we continue to learn to live in this new normal. The pandemic has been striking us in waves and the crisis during the first wave was lack of food supplies while it was the medical supplies and care along with food shortage in the second wave.

In 2020, a Nationwide lockdown was imposed by the Government of India and  the lives of millions of migrant labourers, daily wage workers, rag-pickers, house-helps, street vendors came to a standstill.

Prabhaav Foundation came forward to help them in this hour of need reaching out with Ration Food packs and cooked meals. In 2020 we distributed and supported 16000 families in the slums of Delhi-NCR in partnership with the special police force which disseminated the packs on ground. In 2021, cooked meals and dry ration were distributed to more than 8000 families. Our geographical reach was Delhi-NCR, Jammu, Rajasthan and Odisha.

Art and culture gives a tapestry to the Nation. India having an array of art forms, the artisans saw a major hit on their livelihood due to complete shutdown of tourism. Prabhaav Foundation provided ration packets to sustain them and continues to provide market linkages to keep their art alive.

We were privileged to be able to connect with a village of puppet show performers at Anand Parbat (Delhi), who were facing uncertain challenges during the lockdown, in meeting their daily food requirements being a daily wage worker. Supporting our cause was Acuity Knowledge Partners. The artists were provided with one month’s dry ration and a health kit.

In May 2021, India’s hospitals were at breaking point. The country found itself at the epicentre of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and one of the biggest challenges was providing enough medical oxygen for the sickest patients, unable to breathe unaided, as demand rose ten-fold.

By the end of April, there were just under 18 million confirmed cases, and over 200,000 deaths.

Some hospitals posted “oxygen out of stock” signs, whilst others asked patients to search for treatment elsewhere .That’s where Prabhaav with the support of ICICI LOMBARD stepped in to provide Oxygen Concentrators in various states of India like Delhi-NCR, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. Prabhaav Foundation supported the Delhi Police and local District Administrations with additional PPE Kits, Sanitisers etc. As people suffered from the pandemic lots of surplus medicines were left with them. These were further distributed to the needy.

Our motto is that a society will grow only when people move ahead and adapt themselves to the changing times.

All those wishing to provide a helping hand for this noble cause, please send you donation to:

Bank Name: Punjab National Bank                

A/c Holder: Prabhaav Foundation

A/c No.: 0159009300036277                              

Branch:Green Park

IFS Code:  PUNB0015900