2020年4月份《龍世E報》

各位親愛的朋友

本期月刊(亦是創刊號),我們要特別把焦點放在中央政府3月最後一周宣布全國封鎖之後,我們積極執行的前線救援。除了向您介紹這項救援工作的背景之外,亦報告我們後續擬執行的計劃。

首先,非常感謝來自十方的護持者和隨喜者;感謝您布施的錢財與善念來支持這項高尚的志業。因為您,我們目前共收到了百萬盧比善款。我們同時要感謝的,包括前線辛勞的志工。他們冒著生命危險,竭盡所能幫助目前最無助的人群。

(Ami註:這篇文章截稿之前,台灣尚未收到第二筆善款)

Background

2019年12月31日,中国首度向WHO(世界衛生組織)駐中國辦事處匯報,說明武漢發現了原因不明的肺炎。2020年1月30日,WHO向國際宣布疫情為「國際關注的突發公共衛生事件」。而今,病毒已經傳遍全球逾200個國家和地區。據報導,迄今新冠肺炎確診人數為2,013,998例,死亡人數127,590例。

印度人口龐雜,其中未受教育者,和幾乎未受教育者不知凡幾,家徒四壁都不足以形容其貧困。他們生活條件非常克難,醫療資源極其貧乏(印度的呼吸器目前僅10萬台)。這當中,列表種姓(達利特)、列表部落、其他蠻荒部落、少數宗教的信徒如穆斯林和基督教徒,所遭受的歧視讓情況更為惡劣。

中央政府在沒有任何計劃下,宣布封鎖全國截至3月25日,以確保能夠高效阻斷新冠疫情。然而結果是,那些備受歧視者,在遭受疫情蹂躪的同時,還得忍受難以想像的艱苦。這些受災者包括家庭幫傭、日薪個人、體力勞動者、農場工人、建築工人、移工、以及在垃圾堆裡討生活的人們。在全國封鎖之下,他們無法除外謀生賺錢生活費來養活家人與孩子。中央政府和邦政府雖然嘗試伸出援手,但是要涵蓋所有災民是不可能的任務。印度總人口數14億,他們目前只能夠仰賴非政府組織和志工團體的幫助。

Our Response to COVID -19

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Core Team

Nagaloka Alumni have formed a coordination team of 16 members from different parts of India. Move over the image to see their names and location. Click on the link to view their profile.

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Field Volunteers

Our Alumni come from many different states across India, and most are from discriminated and vulnerable communities – so they know very well the needs of these communities. They have been identifying essential requirements of vulnerable communities by conducting baseline surveys, and then informing the coordination team of what is required.

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Our Reachout

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We have scaled up our response as much as possible, covering the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Odissa, Bihar, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. We are focusing specifically on reaching out to the poorest of the poor in districts which others cannot reach. Our field volunteers strive day and night, collecting information, planning strategies, preparing budgets, getting them approved and providing relief materials in the form of food kits, rations, prepared food, sanitisers, home-made masks and other essential requirements, which also includes cash in some cases.

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So far, as on 30 April 2020, an amount of INR 10 Lakh + has been disbursed for this relief work. We are incredibly grateful to those who helped us raise this amount. However, there is an urgent need to raise more than 3 times this amount in order provide adequate relief to vulnerable communities during the lockdown. 

Some of our alumni are working with other NGOs to help more extensively. Others are working directly with Government and police officials. They collect information from villages and inform Government authorities for providing them with adequate ration, cooked food, medicines and so forth.

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Further Planning

Our core team members have regular meetings and follow up with the field volunteers and other associated NGO’s working for the same cause. Based on that, we have planned further strategies to be more effective in our relief work.

Baseline survey – Our Volunteer alumni will do more accurate baseline surveys through which they will identify groups which require essential goods like grain, vegetables, milk, sanitary pads, medicines, etc. This survey will identify malnourished children, children needing milk, and families with no money to buy these goods even for one day. (Note- our alumni have been doing baseline surveys so far but because the situation is getting worse day by day, they have not been able to record information efficiently. Many shops are still not open right now).

State Coordinators – We have a state coordinator in each state we are working in. Volunteers report to the state coordinator about their identified list of families, completing an appeal form stating the amount of money required. The appeal form includes the number of families, cost of ration for each family, ration for targeted days, etc.

Essential rations, masks and sanitisers are being distributed by our volunteers. 

Creating awareness – While distributing rations, masks and sanitisers, our alumni volunteers also spread awareness among the villages/individuals by referring to WHO’s guidelines on the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Direct Benefit Transfer – Because of the length of the lockdown, many in our target groups are left with no money.  We plan to deposit at least 1500 to 2000 RS to these families’ bank accounts through online transactions. This amount of money will help them out by purchasing the milk for their children, vegetables, medicines, sanitary pads, etc.

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Support Us

We do not know how long this situation will last, but it is likely to have a severe impact on millions of people throughout India for the next few months, and maybe longer. We are in touch with people who are likely to suffer most from this disease, We are doing what we can. The more support we receive the more people we can help. From the reports we have received by our volunteers, we need to raise at least 30 lakhs INR to cover this stage of relief work. 

So dear friends and community, on behalf of Nagaloka, we would like appeal to all of you to support us in this extremely grave situation.

Nagaloka: Nagaloka, Kamptee Road, Bhilgaon, Nagpur, Maharashtra, 440026 
Mobile: +919967883973 
Email: info@nagaloka.org
Website: www.nagaloka.org

All above figure and matters as received by our Field Volunteers, Compiled by Lakhindar Soren as on 30th April 2020.