The corona virus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which originated in Wuhan, China, has quickly spread to various countries, with many cases reported worldwide. As of May 8th, 2021, in India, 56,342 positive cases have been reported. With more than 1.34 billion, the second-largest population globally—India had difficulty controlling the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus two among its people. The world saw Corona Virus’s second waves have a devastating effect all over India. Thousands of innocent people are dying before our eyes, and several infected cases are increasing daily. It damaged medical construction. Hospitals are overflowing with pandemic patients. Hospitals in large cities find themselves without beds available and short of oxygen. Many families remain without treatments, the price of food has risen, and unfortunately, many people have lost their job. Schools are closed, and thousands of children are without a safe shelter.
By this pandemic, we see children who have lost their parents, families who have lost the elderly, families trapped in the grip of poverty, starvation deaths, children with depression and anxiety, marginalized nomadic Families, etc., freeze us. It moves towards three waves at present.
IMPACT DURING THE COVID-19 SECOND WAVE
Tiruvannamalai district has very low literacy and is an economically backward district in Tamilnadu. Under the current circumstances and as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, the lowest strata of the society, comprising of daily wage workers, agricultural coolies, workers in brick kilns, stone quarries, construction workers, contract laborers, street vendors, and persons involved in lorry drivers, below poverty line peoples, aged have been the worst hit. Therefore the risk of COVID-19 spreading in rural and tribal villages is heightened.
CHALLENGES OF CHILDREN
Children are said to be the most vulnerable, and they are affected much during this second way in different ways. A first issue is a good number of children who lost their parents. Here is the voice of one such child’s grandmother. “Who will look after these kids after me?” she said. “These children are the legacy of my son and daughter-in-law. A lot of people are coming to ask for adoption. How can I give them away?” secondly, child malnourishment; is the UNICEF reported that with half the children under five in India being malnourished, the present Covid-19 crisis could further impact child nutrition.
The third major problem is that children’s mental health is profoundly affected and struggling to cope with the situation and feel more isolated, anxious, stressed, depressed, bored, and uncertain. They may feel fear and grief over the impact of the virus on their families. Children are also at risk of psychological distress at times of crisis and increased risk of violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. The ARTI, having assessed the present situation in the Tiruvannamalai district, pitched in and started doing a lot to safeguard the children from all possible ways and means. During this second wave, many children become orphans and homeless.
CHALLENGES OF WOMEN
Women in India suffered disproportionately because of the coronavirus outbreak last year. Once again, they add to economic recovery risks at the receiving end of the pandemic’s second wave. Women have been hit more severely than men in India, from lower wages to job losses and slower pace of vaccination to increased mortality. They also fare poorly compared to women worldwide on unpaid work at home and mental health. Data from the health department show that number of women getting infected with Covid-19 has gone up during the second. Thus, the women, mainly from rural villages, were affected much than the urban. Many lost their jobs, finding it hard to feed the children with three full meals, more than they fear of virus death, they much feared hunger death. Women from rural villages are in ore helpless situation because children are turning to be malnourished without food. The ordinary rural people well experienced are living in the Thiruvannamalai district, and The ARTI, who is rending humanity service in this region, took a war foot effort to save these women against the crisis to the fullest.
Its well-known fact that it is human beings is the carrier of this virus and spread the same. At this point, we take immediate action to save children and women from the third wave. Also, restoring the lives deeply devastated due to the spread of the virus. To prevent infection and slow transmission of COVID-19, the following sensitization is to be done among the rural population, particularly among women and children who are said to be the most vulnerable. Ask them to follow guidelines, use masks, sanitizers, and maintain social distances that this problem can control. We Integration of WHATS APP groups in different villages of peoples and share the related covid updates. To give awareness, signs and treatment methods, related updates, Encouraging vaccination to all, short films, and affected people’s go to the hospital without stress to take this effort helps successfully. Community counseling centers will help them cope with anxiety.
ACTIONS FOR LIFE-SAVING AND LIFE RESTORATION
Most cover who often cannot afford the mask and sanitizer we provide for poor children attending school in the Tiruvannamalai district. ARTI plans to give “FOOD KIT” and “HEALTH KIT” to the below poverty line children and their families and Vulnerable families supported by the project. By affected covid children in each family will get the following package of provisions every month for the three months: 25 Kgs of rice, 5 Kgs of wheat flour, 5 Kgs of split gram lentil, 5 kgs of black gram dhal, 5 Lit of cooking oil. Other products will include soap & Masks &sanitizers, and their emergency needs.
THE EXPECTED OUTCOME AND IMPACT.
Children and women will get the medical kits and be protected against the spread of the virus. Women will have a sufficient grocery pack to cook and feed the children. Malnourished children would get adequate and nutritious food. Poor children who can’t afford to buy masks and sanitation will get quality one. Women and children will be extended counseling support, and different emotional and mental health issues addressed. More than 10000 affected families and children will be benefited the rural village population in the Tiruvannamalai district will be sensitized and masks to protect themselves against the spread of the virus. Infected families, particularly children, women, and children, will be supported. Women and children will get prepared to face the third wave with proper knowledge.
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