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Assam IRS Officer Arranges Free Health Camp For 500+ Flood Victims; Donates Medicines & Sanitary Napkins

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Assam is still reeling from the devastating floods that ravaged district after district, displacing and endangering many lives. Perhaps the biggest challenge awaiting the survivors now is post-flood rehabilitation. Breakout of infectious diseases can turn into the scale of an epidemic anytime. Government and non-profit organisations are working, hand in hand, to provide urgent medical care as well as relief support. Meanwhile, Guwahati-based IRS officer Padmapani Bora recently organised a mass-scale health camp in Hajo, a remote village of Kamrup – one of the worst affected districts. 

The Camp Was Attended By 567 People

The camp was attended by around 567 people, comprising adults, children and senior citizens, most of whom have borne the brunt of the ravaging floods and sustained injuries or contracted serious ailments. Six experienced doctors who supervised the camp conducted meticulous check-ups and preliminary treatments. There was also a substantial stock of basic and emergency medicines which were distributed for free among the patients according to their prescriptions.

The camp also distributed menstrual hygiene products like sanitary napkins among adolescent girls and adult women. Basic toilet essentials like soaps and sanitisers were also distributed. “Our next plan is to organise health camps in remote village schools where the average nutrition level of the students is woefully low. In the next three months, we wish to focus on improving the health and nutrition of these underprivileged children,” Bora shares with Efforts For Good. Incidentally, Bora donated a considerable portion of his monthly salary to arrange the health camp. 

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Supporting Education

Six years ago, Bora’s wife Mridusmita Das founded Srijanasom Trust, primarily aimed at holistically improving the lives of the people of Assam. Their focus spans a wide spectrum – ranging from health, education to art and culture.

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At the health camp

In the past, Srijanasom had offered educational scholarships to young, meritorious girls, whose family conditions hinder their academic prospects. The ‘Srijanasom Siksha Sarothi’ and ‘Srijanasom Siksha Prayas’ aim to support the education of students, mostly girls, whose families struggle to make ends meet.

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Anamika Rangson being awarded the scholarship

One of the girls who was recently awarded is four-year-old Anamika Rangson who lost her father to a car accident when she was barely eight months. Her mother, a daily wage earner, might not have been able to fund her schooling. Srijanasom Siksha Sarothi scholarship will now cover all her educational expenses till college.

“We have also adopted two schools in Jorhat where we are pursuing infrastructural development as well as supporting their basic expenses,” informs Bora.

Preserving Assam’s Fading Traditions

One of the most striking features of Srijanasom Trust, which makes them stand out among other non-profits, is their effort to revive the fading traditions and culture of Assam. “My wife is a classical dancer. Both of us nurture immense respect for Assamese heritage. There are so many kinds of music, dance and folk art which are dying in these modern times. It is our duty to preserve our rich culture,” asserts Bora.

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Moghai Oja Srijan Award ceremony

The duo started the Moghai Oja Srijan Award – a lifetime achievement honour awarded to maestros who have dedicated their lives in saving lost arts of Assam – from Sattriya dance to mask making.

All funds for Srijanasom Trust are primarily sourced from Bora and his family’s personal earnings. Only recently the NGO has started receiving some contributions from corporates and well-wishing individuals.

Recently, Padmapani Bora also wrote a book about 60 obscure but most beautiful heritage sites in Assam, the foreword for which has been penned by Amitabh Bachhan.

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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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