Guwahati: Seven Sisters Development Assistance (SeSTA) has started an online fundraising campaign to help the rural poor in Assam to provide a chance of survival amid COVID-19 lockdown. Along with it they have already been doing their part to help the marginalised section of the society by providing the much-needed ration kits and disseminating information about the COVID-19 pandemic.
SeSTA has tried to classify the needs of the vulnerable sections as immediate basic needs and mid-term needs which is to further re-strengthen their livelihoods. The first level of identification of vulnerable populations at SeSTA was ensured through application (App) based profiling process which helped in the marking of the most vulnerable individuals/families. This would include landless as well as small and marginal farmers, petty traders, widows, etc.
Emergency relief and ration distribution in the form of kits containing 5 kg of rice, 1 kg of pulses, 1 kg of onion, 2 kg of potatoes, 1 litre of oil, two pieces of soap, 1 kg of salt, a packet of sanitary napkins and 200 gm of soya bean are being distributed to these communities.
The NGO has also reached out to 16,000 households and reached remote villages of Assam, Tripura, and Meghalaya, and around 8,000 households were supported with ration and sanitary kits. A total of 14 districts have been covered, which include 200 villages.
Moreover, the distribution of ration kits to individuals and families alike is ensured with government laid down protocols of social distancing and preventive measures which include wearing masks and washing of hands.
To prevent the spread of the coronavirus SeSTA has launched a toll-free number (18002120489) in Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, and Karbi languages to spread awareness along with providing information on different schemes for the beneficiaries. As of today, it has reached out to 8,000 households with awareness on protective measures and government relief packages through SMS and voice messages.
The lockdown has hit many communities economically and the daily-wage labourers in the rural parts of India have felt the disproportionate effects of this lockdown quite severely. SeSTA works directly with the poor and marginalised communities in 14 districts of Assam, Tripura, and Meghalaya. They are also collecting funds for the small and marginalised farmers of many rural villages in Assam thereby taking a stance against COVID-19.
There is an urgent need to support these families to get back on their feet and a small donation is more than enough to do so. You can make your donation here: https://www.sesta.org/donation.