Women from Hamari Asha, a rural women upliftment and livelihood initiative of Raman Kant Munjal Foundation, rising to occasion by undertaking mask making during COVID’19
The outbreak of COVID’19 has led to unprecedented situation and economic stress all around the globe. In this time of crisis, it is the rural population that has been affected adversely more than their urban counterparts. As the world faces economic distress, it is the daily wagers and our villagers that struggle to make ends meet due to lack of earnings.
RKMF, a foundation led by the strong leadership of the Hero group has extended its hand for supporting the livelihoods of the rural population through its initiative Hamari Asha. During these challenging times of covid19, the program continues by switching from routine cloth products to reusable cloth face masks to serve dual purpose of making these masks available to rural villagers free of cost and at the same time generating livelihood for the rural women.
Hamari Asha is empowering rural women as India fights COVID’19
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the World Health Organization’s director-general recently spoke about the fight against the coronavirus epidemic being hampered on a global level by a serious shortage of face masks. This warning by WHO did not go unheard in India. RKMF’s initiative for rural women's livelihood, Hamari Asha took the responsibility of supplying face masks in villages. They decided to resolve the issue of scarcity of face masks while supporting the workers who have faced a severe blow in employment opportunities due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Hamari Asha has facilitated mask making by women from their homes by supplying raw material and fabric to more than 200 rural women in more than 20 villages. While these women actively participated in making diyas, jute bags, candles and other handicrafts throughout the year, they are now sewing masks from home. Not only are they supporting their family with the amount earned through the activity, but they are also contributing as India fights COVID’19.
Indian rural women engage in mask making for a healthy livelihood
The program led by the RKMF works in a systematic and organized manner. First, the foundation delivers fabric and other raw material to the women. Once the women have completed their job of sewing the masks at their home, a van sent by the foundation collects the masks to bring them to a central location. At this location, the masks are washed, ironed and then packed. These masks then are further distributed among different villages. Thus, solving global issues; scarcity of masks and unemployment.
As the foundation aims at empowering rural women with economic independence, they make sure that they are paid an equal amount for each mask that they make. On average, each woman is able to deliver approximately 50-70 masks per day, helping them to earn a worthwhile amount of Rs. 10,000- 12,000 per month. Hamari Asha proudly claims that its aim to make over 2 lakh face masks is being led by the rural women in India, encouraging them to grow and support their family.
More About RKMF-Raman Kant Munjal Foundation
The Raman Kant Munjal Foundation is dedicated to enriching & energising lives by helping the less-privileged and thus enabling to build a happier and healthier community. Central to our belief is the relentless commitment towards empowering women in rural parts of the country by encouraging and enabling them to not only be equipped with skills that allow financial independence but also holistic development that allows them to become better citizens.
Several patrons, sponsored and volunteers have contributed to the organization throughout its successful journey. At present, the RKMF runs programmes in the areas of Education, Skill Development, Women Empowerment and Community Development.
Since its foundation in 1992 with a strong purpose, a dedicated management and the visionary leadership of the Hero group, the organization has touched the lives of thousands in rural Haryana, Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan and continues to thrive while bringing about a positive and sustainable change to the society.
Cooked Food & Dry Ration Distribution Report by Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch
Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch
Cooked Food & Dry Ration Distribution Report
19 April 2020
We are happy to announce that GNEM cooked food distribution efforts reached our highest volume yet, with a grand total of 26,500 meals delivered across Gurgaon to citizens in need. Some 12,000 meals were prepared at the GNEM Kitchen in Shri Ram School. 7000 meals were produced at the Mullahera Kitchen while 4500 meals came from our partners.
Today marked another encouraging milestone with the opening of our third kitchen, which is operating from Shri Guru Nanak Girls High School. This kitchen produced 3000 meals on its first day of operation.
On the dry ration supply front, GNEM delivered ration kits to 400 households!
Here is a more detailed picture of the day’s distribution:
A group of volunteers covered Basai Road, CRPF Chowk, and Rajiv Nagar distributing 2000 meal packs.
Another team distributed a total of 1000 food packs to Bajghera, Basai Road, and Dhankot.
Our Volunteers also covered Kalphara in Sector-49, delivering 1000 cooked meals prepared at the GNEM Kitchen.
Yet another team delivered a total of 4500 meals to Mullahera and Harijan Basti, Sector-21. Of this, 4000 were prepared at the Mullahera Kitchen, while the other 500 packed meals were provided partners.
Our team at the Corona Help Centre covered a huge area including Laxman Vihar, Surat Nagar, Sectors 48, 49, 61, 63, 69, 71, 74, Dhankhot New Colony, Ghadi Road Basti, Samaspur, amongst several others, distributing a total of 15,500 meals prepared at the GNEM Kitchens in Shri Ram School and Shri Guru Nanak Girls High School.
Feedback and Key Points from the Day:
While we are excited about the opening of the third kitchen, arranging resources to support this expansion is a responsibility we have to shoulder. 675 citizens have supported GNEM on the crowdfunding call and we hope that generosity will continue to enable us to reach more and more fellow citizens in Gurgaon who need help. A crucial arm of our work is securing support and resources in all forms. We are thankful to all who have supported GNEM and we look forward to that support continuing. We hope that with more widespread awareness of this crisis, we will garner the support we need to keep working for the citizens of Gurgaon. Please click on the link below to make a contribution. its your contributions that ensure that we reach to the largest numbers of people possible
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