Childcare and child development NGO, SOS Children’s Villages of India, in association with Danaher India CSR Foundation has distributed groceries and dry ration kits to a number of vulnerable families in Hojai.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit all sections of the society, especially, the vulnerable and disadvantaged in the rural areas. The distribution activity was carried out at Hirabasti, Dhonoharbasti, and will also be carried out at Telibasti, Fakirabasti and Kumrokata, simultaneously.

Due to the lockdown, many earning members of these families were either stuck at different states or have temporarily lost their wages. Each grocery and dry ration kit contain masoor dal, moong dal, atta, mustard oil, black gram, soyabean chunks and many other items that would last a household for a month on an average, to be distributed twice for two months’ supply.

Sumanta Kar, secretary general at SOS Children’s Villages of India, said: “Our primary focus is to empower and support the vulnerable communities including the beneficiaries of the family strengthening programme run by SOS Children’s Villages of India through these challenging times. The pandemic has affected the country in terms of scale, speed of spread and impact, and as a measure of response, SOS Children’s Villages of India has developed different strategies to cater to this acute health and humanitarian crisis among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, their families and communities.”

“Ensuring quality care of children under our care is paramount to us and especially now it is even more relevant. We are pleased and grateful that Danaher India CSR Foundation has extended their support by sponsoring two month’s groceries and dry ration kits to over 375 families. The kits will secure food and nutrition for our children and their families at this difficult time,” Kar added.

Notably, family strengthening programme is a community outreach initiative of SOS Children’s Villages that supports and strengthens vulnerable families for safeguarding quality care for their children and preventing them from abandonment. Presently in Hojai, the team is working with over 1000 direct and indirect beneficiaries in six such communities.

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