In the times of pandemic: Joining hands to build resilience

Soumita Basu, #COVIDActionCollab

December 6, 2021

The pandemic has yet again proved that we are stronger together. It’s not just people coming together but different sectors collaborating in the spirit of bouncing forward and being better prepared for the future. The IndusInd bank through their CSR initiative Sattvam, partnered with CAC partners Jai Odisha and Swasti to support thousands of people by engaging with the Government of Odisha. 

Jai Odisha and Swasti, two CAC partners with long-standing relationships with the government on various activities with the communities, are engaging deeply for Covid relief and recovery related work. Leveraging on the existing system of the government in Odisha, Jai Odisha has been reaching the most vulnerable in the remotest areas with different kinds of relief and recovery work.

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The district administration of Jajpur, Odisha, identified two specific requirements – a mobile vaccination van that can reach remote areas to ensure vaccines reach the last mile, and sewing machines to support women whose families have lost the main source of income to Covid, enter into tailoring as a source of livelihoods. Local CAC partner, Jai Odisha, was advised by the administration on the requirement and together with CAC partner Swasti, they partnered with IndusInd to procure all the equipment. Jai Odisha played a key role in procuring the equipment and facilitating the process. 

On 25 November 2021, Shri Pranab Prakash Dash, MLA and Energy Minister of Odisha, presided over the ceremony where a special mobile vaccination van was handed over to the district administration of Jajpur. This van could also be used as a mobile blood donation unit. The district administration gave possession of the mobile vaccination van to Red Cross Society for immediate utilization. 

COVID-19 crisis is not just a health crisis. It has affected all aspects of life, including livelihoods. Many families lost their main bread earner to Covid, while others lost their jobs and other sources of income. The district administration identified more than 1400 such women and decided to give them a tailoring machine to help them with alternative sources of income. The women identified were already trained under a Skills Odisha program. “We feel happy that we have been provided with a source of livelihood and we will be able to make some money. This will really help us get back on our feet. For this we feel grateful,” Nayana, one of the women receiving the sewing machines, expressed her hopes.

A few machines were handed over to the women directly, while there are plans of installing the others at a livelihood training center that is being developed by the government. MLA Pranab Dash said, “This is a great opportunity for the people of Jajpur. We are always supporting their well being and livelihoods. Thanks to Jai Odisha, IndusInd and CAC for making this happen.”

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