Reaching more vulnerable intersections within deprived communities

Deepa Pawar
Posted May 31, 2020 from India

My organization Anubhuti has been working through our #SharirSanvaadAbhiyan with women and girls, and sensitizing boys, for sexual & reproductive justice. We have been working for gender-just SRHR services, implementation of laws for protection from sexual harassment and training women, girls, boys in sexual reproductive equity, dignity and rights.

So when we started providing relief in the COVID lockdown, we kept our eyes open to more vulnerable groups within the communities we are reaching. Pregnant women form a group that we are taking special efforts to ensure are not left out. One of the most vulnerable to infections, these women need good nutrition and a stress-free situation - all of which they are unable to get in this pandemic. Therefore Anubhuti is reaching them with customized dry ration packets.

We have seen many political leaders, community leaders who keep in touch with us only to come on stage and give speeches about us. Deepa ma’am does not even know us and yet she came looking for us to find out if we needed help. The ration kits you are giving out are the best till date. It has taken care of women’s needs, special needs. Anubhuti is the only organization that has asked us for lists of pregnant women, disabled. This has pushed us to look at our communities with a new perspective and we are now paying special attention to these groups.” - NT community leader who was with us today coordinating distribution.

I want to put my name in the nearby hospital for delivery, but the cost is too high and the medicines they give do not suit me. The doctor says I must take the medicines on a full stomach but that is usually not possible for me.” - a pregnant woman recipient.

“We beat ourselves (a traditional occupation where a particular nomadic community beat themselves with belts to put on a show and then beg) to earn a living.  But in this lockdown we cannot go out and beg, the police will pick us up. In this situation, of course I worry for my pregnant wife.” - partner of a pregnant woman recipient.

As follow-up, Anubhuti has taken details of the women (how many months pregnant, whether name is given for institutional delivery in any clinic, etc.). We plan to follow up on whether they need medical support, and help them register at the nearest government hospital for a safe delivery.

 

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Jill Langhus
Jun 01
Jun 01

Hello Dear Deepa,

How are you doing, dear? It's so wonderful that you're helping these poor women. How many women do you think you'll be able to help? What a blessing you are to so many. Keep up the great work!

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Ellie E.
Jun 01
Jun 01

Thank you for sharing and for what you are doing!

Julie Desai
Jun 02
Jun 02

Good work. Carry on

Anita Shrestha
Jun 02
Jun 02

Thank you for sharing

Hello, dear Deepa,

Thank you for this inspiring update. It’s wonderful to know that your kits are the best they received. Thank you for responding to the COVID-19 challenges. Please take care of yourself. May you and your team be protected and safe always.

We are proud of you!

jessg411
Jun 03
Jun 03

Dear Deepa- thank you for sharing how you are helping in your local community during the pandemic. You are making a huge difference in supporting these women who do not have access to food and medication!
Best,
Jess

Oluwatoyin Olabisi
Jun 07
Jun 07

Great Work you are doing.More power to you.

Chi8629
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thank you for sharing.

l_reamer
Jun 15
Jun 15

Deepa,
What a wonderful organization this is. You are making a huge difference. How are you doing? Is there anything we can do from afar to help?

Jensine Larsen
Jun 26
Jun 26

Deepa, I deeply honor you and the intensity of the work you are leading. Your care to seek out and support the most vulnerable, especially pregnant women. You soul shines brightly and I can only imagine how much stress this places on you knowing how many campaigns and projects you already have underway. Your community is fortunate beyond measure for your leadership in this crisis moment. I imagine there may be some new babies named in your honor!