Community-Based Prevention and Economic Resilience
In 2020, WESWA staff and volunteers swung into action in response to India’s COVID-19 emergency. Even with very limited resources, we can do so much!
WESWA again took the lead as Pudukkottai District’s leading agency promoting better Public Health and economic self-sufficiency for women, children and minorities. Actions have so far included:
- Individual house visits with COVID-19 protective equipment covered staff and volunteers to identify the issu & impacts of COVID-19′
- Conducting skill & capacity-building training for the selected stakeholders including project staff, volunteers, minority women leaders, VHN, Anganvadi health workers, etc.
- Providing legal aid, yoga classes and moral health support to rectify the social stigma of COVID-19 among the public, particular among minorities.
- Encouraging kitchen garden, herbal medicinal plants that will improve nutrition through consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits that also improve the beneficiary families’ immunity.
- Encouraging marketing of any surplus household garden production yields to raise the economic independency of the beneficiaries.
- Promoting local production of organic sanitiser, herbal (Vattier) mask and safety accessories will also provide new extra income opportunities.
- New release of booklets, brochure, pamphlets on the effect and impact of COVID-19
- Advocacy and lobbying with the Central and State governments and Minority Commission on behalf of women and minorities.