Bhubaneswar, July 25: Shaking the shackles of fear and apprehension of getting infected with Coronavirus by adopting adequate precautionary measures, the members of Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) spread across 8 districts of the State including Malkangiri in the south region and Mayurbhanj in the north, in close cooperation with the respective local self-governments, have reached out to scores of pandemic affected people.
The strategy executed during the pandemic period was, CYSD through its 275 Community Volunteers began to supplement the state government’s efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
The Community Volunteers (CVs), virtually oriented and engaged with the Gram Panchayats, have been organising mass awareness drive, tracking of returnee migrants, assistance in managing Temporary Medical Centres-TMCs (32) and PDS distribution. They have also undertaken awareness programmes in 1307 communities on socio-physical distancing and demonstration of hand wash practice relating to COVID – 19.
Use of tech-options like the drone-based sanitization undertaken in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack Municipal Corporation in collaboration with Drone for Humanity and Humanitarian Aid International has also contributed to the COVID impacts in the state. A 19-day drone pilot training organized for 11 trainees including government staff and university students has led local youths here acquiring tech-skills to fight the pandemic.
Distribution of Survival Kits with dry food items and other consumables to 7158 vulnerable households including migrant labourers, families dependent on Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) collection and socio-economically distressed households; 3755 most vulnerable slum dwellers including domestic workers, dibyangas, rag pickers, sanitation and safai workers, rickshaw pullers and auto drivers living under Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has seen people finding themselves in a comfort zone.
Direct cash support of Rs 5000 per family to 94 daily labourers was provided through Bank Transfer in coastal blocks of Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad of Puri district. Besides, market linkage facilitation with the support of Odisha Rural Development and Marketing Society (ORMAS) and Odisha Livelihood Mission (OLM) was ensured to 39 producer collectives with 1281 members to sell their summer vegetables.
The volunteers engaged 3556 school children in tribal areas in innovative works by supporting them with learning kits. The organisation also facilitated job demand for 8075 job cardholders under MGNREGA. Besides, it helped in providing input support to 3797 small and marginal farmers. Hand-holding support has been provided to 690 tribal farmers linking with WADI (plantation work) in 130 acres of land.
At the community level, essential information including Government advisories related to COVID -19, lockdown guidelines, quarantine information and entitlement package have been disseminated to 2,75,146 people through 6998 WhatsApp Groups managed by 2286 Gram Sathinis.