Coping & Fighting With Covid 19 Pandemic - With Care and Love for All

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Posted April 7, 2020 from India
Working for cause together...
Need to work on various front from awareness, counselling, advocacy to relief work
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Whole world is affected due to Covid 19 Pandemic. Covid 19 has affected across all regions, race, religions and so on. We are also facing new challenges every day like other countries. All Institutions , Systems and People working for human Security. There is lot of pressures on doctors, medical staff, police and those are in service sector. As leaders, we all are also working for our sisters, people, marginalised communities and for those who have no support. 

I remembered the days, when I started to work in the field of HIV/AIDS before 20 years. That time there was lot of discrimination, stigma, fear, misconceptions but we all as counsellors, trainers, activist, social workers, doctors, lawyers and also People Living with HIV/AIDS together fought with situation. Again time has come to fight for security of people and fight against myths regarding Corona. We need to create sensitivity, security, love, care, peace for all. We all need to work together for humanity cause.

Presently we are in Lock down period, I have started to provide telephonic counselling services specially for our previous cases from HIV /AIDS field and also for others . Due to crisis throughout world, many people faced emotional problems, depression and other such problems. Through  counselling,  I am helping and guiding them on topics such as dealing with emotions, self care,  time & work management and financial planning etc. towards coping in crisis. There is need to maintain hope, motivation and positive thoughts in mind of people. 

We have created Group of Volunteers for senior citizens, differently abled  as well as for others those who need medical or other any support in our campus.

With intervention of our friends & active social group members from Pune and Government officials from Talegaon, migrant workers and their families (from another state) at our city received support to sustain in this difficult situation.

Also myself and our team members are helping local groups ( Government, NGO, Political, Social) while distributing food kits and other materials for vulnerable groups.

Our Group of  Volunteers are also distributing food packs and medical materials to needy and vulnerable groups. Various NGOS, local groups and our volunteers are coming together and organizing vegetables stalls, so farmers should not suffer and also people can get essentials during this pandemic. 

By networking with other NGO and local institutions, our volunteers  are working for livelihood of rural women and also created support for service sector and for others in society. Our Volunteers and Women Group Members  are preparing masks for service sector and also for general public on their sewing machines.

We all are thankful to all our Rural Farmers Communities and our Cow Project Beneficiaries, those are providing vegetables, milk and all other essential food commodities regularly to society in this crisis.

Our volunteers, team members and community leaders all are working hard at their Own village Sites and Communities.  We are in touch with our communities, community women leaders, change makers and beneficiaries through phone calls as travel is restricted in most of the areas. 

Through DISHA NGO, as team we have reached to 100 Marginalised Families (daily wage workers, single women headed families and other vulnerable families) for providing food packages on priority basis. As relief and support work needed on urgent basis in most of the areas. For this work our Trustee Indu Gupta has taken initiative and our team members coordinated relief work from home visits, collecting list of needy, police permission, preparing food packs, documentation and so on.  

Thus we are continuously responding as per need of people and situations in our communities with our limited resources and limitations of lock down. Technology, various social media tools etc are really helping our team and communities to be in touch and support each other. We are using same tool of video calls which we are using for our world pulse leaders.

Also I am conducting Motivational Calls and Sessions for our team, volunteers and others, as we need to keep ourselves motivated & healthy to deal with changing situations.

Apart from our regular Office Documentation Work, we are Learning New Skills and Knowledge to keep ourselves updates to deal with new challenges. As we need to work lot during pandemic and even after pandemic for our communities.  

I am Thankful to all my team members, volunteers and friends  (Santosh Vanjari, Pravin Bhoirkar, Akram Shaikh, Maya Vanjari, Gauri Pendse, Virendra Kelkar, Rekha Kashelkar, Varinder Singh, Jayant Tapas, Sandip Bidkar & Prasad Kulkarni ), community members, women leaders , my organization (DISHA) and our trustees, other NGOS -such as ( Anubhuti, Sanman Samajik Bahuudeshiya Sanstha ( SSBS), Rotary Club of Sinhgad (RCS), Rotary Club of Poona North (RCPN), Flora Society, Shiv-Vidya Pratishthan (SVP) and various other Rotary Clubs and Local Social Groups) local Government officials & leaders for coming together to fight with Covid 19. Also I am thankful to my family members for providing continuous strength to me to work in this crisis. 

We all as World Pulse Leaders, CIP Fellows & Leaders and social activist, together can support our communities to cope up and fight with present situation. I am praying for all, sharing love and care to all our world communities.  

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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jessg411
Apr 07
Apr 07

Hi Shilpa-
Thanks for sharing the impact you are making during the COVID-19 outbreak. The services and support you are providing are invaluable at this time. Stay safe and thank you for all you are doing!
Best,
Jess

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 08
Apr 08

Dear Jess
thanks...you also take care
With Love
Shilpa

rebecca.tang
Apr 07
Apr 07

Thank you for sharing. Your work is extremely important and meaningful in this difficult period. Many people need your team support.
Keep the great work on!

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 08
Apr 08

Dear...thanks for your feedback
take care
with Love
Shilpa

Anita Shrestha
Apr 07
Apr 07

Thank you for sharing

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 08
Apr 08

Dear Anita
thanks...take care
With Love
Shilpa

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 08
Apr 08

Dear Shilpa,
It is so good to read about all you and your community is doing, reaching out to those most in need. Just as our sisters in the Philippines describe using the emergency network they have built to meet environmental disasters, your experience having worked to help during the AIDS crisis is so valuable now. So true that even when we are in our homes, telephone counselling can be a way to help many. Your team is doing so much of the work that all countries must prioritize: distributing food kits and other materials for vulnerable groups, linking with rural women for what they both need and have to offer, staying in touch closely with others working in your community. So inspiring.

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 08
Apr 08

Dear Tamarack
thanks a lot for all support...feeling so connected with you and all
sharing. inspiring. supporting. caring can be possible because we all are connected through our world pulse platform
take care
with Love
Shilpa

Marie Abanga
Apr 08
Apr 08

Dear Shilpa,
Thanks for doing all the work we do, and for sharing it with us. I am doing similar in my country and also online where I recently created a support group for moms. The times are so uncertain and challenging but there is hope.
Light and love
Marie

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 09
Apr 09

Dear Marie
thanks for writing back...I am connected with your words and work
take care
with Love
Shilpa

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Apr 09
Apr 09

My dear Shilpa. I am very proud you. We should not only fight but also cope with the Covid-19.
You know what I was thinking how I can help my community by making some masks, through your visual aid (picture) I can also start making.
A good exemple to be followed.

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 09
Apr 09

Dear Muvunyi
thanks for your feedback... yes we need to work lot... and learn from each other ….
you can check designs and information about how to make masks.
Take care
with love
Shilpa

MUVUNYI FABIENNE
Apr 09
Apr 09

Thank you my lovely Shilpa

Dawn Arteaga
Apr 10
Apr 10

Wow this is beautiful. What you are doing is a model for the world of inclusive and caring community. Thank you dear Shilpa for sharing! Congratulations.

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 10
Apr 10

Dear Dawn
thanks a lot...
still there is need to do more....we are trying to reach in our communities through our community leaders and volunteers.
Take care
with Love
Shilpa

Abha Singhvi
Apr 10
Apr 10

Shilpa
So inspired by all that you are doing to support the community that is impacted not just by Covid 19 but also by the lockdown.
Your work highlights how significant the grassroots work is.
Best Wishes
Abha

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 11
Apr 11

Dear Abha
thanks a lot...thanks for your words ….
myself and my team are trying to reach more and more people in rural communities...
Take care
With Love
Shilpa

Iam_motivated_jay
Apr 10
Apr 10

Thanks for sharing....

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 11
Apr 11

Thanks dear
take care
with Love
shilpa

Kristine Yakhama
Apr 10
Apr 10

Thumbs up

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 11
Apr 11

Dear Kristine
thanks a lot...
take care
with love
Shilpa

Kristine Yakhama
Apr 10
Apr 10

Thumbs up

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 11
Apr 11

thanks dear

ARREY- ECHI
Apr 10
Apr 10

Hi Shilpa
Great job you and your team are doing. Thank you for sharing how you are keeping busy and productive in these challenging times.
As you go out to uplift others, may you also take care of yourself and be uplifted.

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 11
Apr 11

Dear Arrey
thanks a lot...sure we will take care
take care
with love
shilpa

Madhuri Deshkar
Apr 12
Apr 12

शिलपा खुप छान पुढील काळाकरीता शुभेच्छा

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 14
Apr 14

Dear Madhuri
thanks for feedback...
take care
with love
Shilpa

Dj30305
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

SHILPA KASHELKAR
Apr 21
Apr 21

Thanks a lot
Take care
Regards
Shilpa