Covid-19 Second Wave Response


Awareness drives


Medical kits


Ration kits


Medical equipment


The second time around, COVID impacted life and livelihoods in the community severely. With the rise in mortalities, vulnerability levels also increased sharply. Several deaths were reported every day by our community cadres. The pandemic deepened pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems. During the first phase, the virus was largely considered an urban phenomenon, however by the second phase it had spread to rural India alike.

According to a State Bank of India research paper, in April 2021, rural districts accounted for over 45.5% of overall new cases compared to 37.9% in March.

Supporting marginalised families during the pandemic

Our response to COVID-19 to prevent the spread in communities comprised of multiple relief activities around health, food security and livelihood promotion.

Supplying ration and
medicine kits

Sanitisation and disinfection
of villages

Preparation & distribution of masks, PPE kits & medical aids

Capacity building and safety awareness campaign

Supporting rural India in the battle against COVID – 19

Our response will be immediate relief, medium term support and long-term actions as well. Because we believe immediate needs to the community is very critical. Manjari Foundation would like to support these families for short term requirements like support for living, ration distribution, linkages with government schemes, counselling, etc and long term needs like education support for their children, livelihood intervention, etc. The one main areas of intervention is developing isolation centre in Panchayats, as we know still due to lack of institutional isolation centres poor families are suffering a lot, because they do not have much space in house hold to isolate himself/herself properly.

At the same time due to ignorance they are also spreading it to other members as well. In that context isolation centres and where possible home isolation support is very critical to reduce the spread of corona virus. Vaccine hesitancy is still high in rural areas, so we need to create awareness and also need to support to facilitate vaccination enrolments as well.

We initiated the Chetan Rath to spread awareness across villages
We identified vulnerable families and provided free medical kits.
Families were handed out free dry ration kits to last them for 15 days.
Our SHG federations distributed kada (immunity boosting drink prepared from a mix of herbs) in their respective villages.
Our SHG federations spread awareness on the benefits of vaccination
We set up Isolation centres in collaboration with local Gram Panchayats

On-ground stories

Our comprehensive intervention had three aspects – immediate humanitarian relief (ensuring food security essential items, awareness, sanitisation & PPE kits), access to services and entitlements ( through government schemes through engagement with local administrations) and economic restoration (through livelihood promotion).

Our approach

Partnership : We are working in collaboration and partnership with local government administrations including include collectorates, district hospitals, PHCs, CSOs, along with donors and local panchayats.

Women institutions as front-runners : In our approach, SHG federations and their associate tiers are the core of our interventions and they lead the programmes in their respective villages. They participate in all aspects from problem/challenges identification, planning, execution, monitoring and supervision as well.

Focus on Vulnerable communities : Our main focus is on vulnerable communities worst affected by the pandemic.