COVID 19 Support Update – September 2020

Warm greetings from Help for Children in Need Foundation (HCNF). Since our last update, the COVID 19 pandemic situation has changed significantly. The numbers which were earlier rising quickly have slowed down, particularly in the last 15 days as more daily recoveries have been reported than new infections.

HCNF starts work in Chennai

Tamil Nadu is one of the states with the highest number of COVID cases and therefore requires urgent attention. Through continued support from our donors, HCNF has not started work in Chennai as well to ensure food and hygiene kits for families and especially children who need help.

COVID relief work in Delhi

As the country continues to fight with this pandemic and many families struggle for basic food – young children and babies are at the highest risk. Nutrition at this stage in life is crucial especially for children in vulnerable, migrant communities who anyway face crucial challenges to a healthy childhood.

HCNF continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic: A report

It’s over 80 days since the first COVID infection was detected in the country and while the initial days were calm – the situation escalated very soon. Some states where the earlier cases were detected, declared a lock down by 20th March and a Janata Curfew was called by the Prime Minister on the 22nd of March.

Providing food materials to children and their families.

Our on ground partner in Pune – CYDA (Centre for Youth Development and Activities) has been hard at work distributing food material packs and hygiene kits to families around Pune. So far they have distribute over 300 packs and there is demand for many more.

The families who have benefited are mainly daily wage labourers who have no other source of income in these trying times.

Lending a helping hand during these times

Our partner in the Trilokpuri area in Delhi have been busy identifying families in dire situations who need help the most. Supported by our corporate partner Hellmann Logistics 75 children and their families now have enough food and do not have to struggle for survival during these times.

Helping children and their families survive the lockdown

Our country has a huge population of migrant labourers who come into the bigger cities, with their entire families to find work. Most of these families are dependent on daily wage labour to make ends meet and now with this complete lockdown –they have no access to any income and are in complete despair. Children are obviously the most vulnerable in a situation where parents are not even able to afford basic food.

educational support to children

Association for Development

This area is characterized by congested slums and acute poverty. The communities living here are mainly Muslims and Dalits and most of them work as daily wage labourers. In most households – both parents work to make ends meet and therefore children are often left to their own means through the day. Unsupervised – many of them are vulnerable to abuse, addictions or even trafficking. The concept of education is very rare with many children dropping out of school to supplement their meager family incomes as child labour. Proper health and hygiene facilities are lacking and most people are not even aware of what is rightfully due to them.