Delhi Based NGO Ensures Children’s Right To Nutrition During Coronavirus Lockdown

Delhi Based NGO Ensures Children’s Right To Nutrition During Coronavirus Lockdown

Miracle Foundation India, a Delhi based non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works with Child Care Institutes (CCI) has stepped up for the nutritional needs of children and their families
Delhi Based NGO Ensures Children’s Right To Nutrition During Coronavirus LockdownMiracle Foundation India believes one of the key rights of children is the right to nutrition
Highlights
  • Miracle Foundation India is providing nutrition, hygiene kits to children
  • The NGO has provided essential items to 400 children and their families
  • NGO along with CCIs is giving lessons on handwashing, social distancing

New Delhi: The outbreak of Novel Coronavirus has brought numerous challenges with itself; one of them is ensuring food and nutrition to all. With the daily wagers who live hand to mouth losing their job, it has become difficult for them to put food on their table and provide adequate nutrition to their children, an essential during growing years. The lockdown and a quest to make ends meet turned harsher for families with children returning from Child Care Institutes (CCI). Miracle Foundation India, a Delhi based non-governmental organisation (NGO) works with CCIs which support orphaned and vulnerable children, has come forward for the nutritional needs of children and their families.

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In a conversation with NDTV, Nivedita DasGupta, India Country Head, Miracle Foundation recalled what led the organisation to support people in need during Coronavirus pandemic and said,

Miracle Foundation partners with 17 CCIs based in seven states including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh. Around mid-March, the CCI partners reported that children are being reunited with their families on either request of the parents/relatives or as guided by the local government authorities (District Child Protection Unit-DCPU). The CCIs began getting information that families, where the children have gone back to, are facing a problem of lack of food. Most parents (usually single mothers) are daily wage earners who had lost their work. This was alarming and Miracle Foundation India immediately stepped in and decided to extend support.

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From Nutrition To Hygiene, Miracle Foundation India Touches All

During the Coronavirus crisis, CCI is bridging the gap between Miracle Foundation India and the children in need by extending the help provided by the NGO to the beneficiaries. Elaborating on how her organisation is helping the children affected by the lockdown, Ms DasGupta said,

We have extended financial assistance to CCIs for supporting the vulnerable and orphaned children. Under this initiative, we are providing cash transfers and relief packages to CCIs to ensure the overall health and wellbeing of the kids. Since most of them are based in remote locations and in-person distribution is not possible, we transfer money into the accounts of the families with guidance to buy necessary items like pulses, vegetables, eggs, milk, and others. In Gujarat, however, relief packages were physically delivered.

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For instance, Ananth (named changed), a first-year BBA student from Tamil Nadu faced grave problems when he went back home. Ananth’s father doesn’t provide for the family financially and with the lockdown being announced, his mother was out of work, making it difficult for the sole breadwinner to support a family of five. When the family was struggling to make ends meet, Miracle Foundation India stepped with its relief package and assisted the family sail through these tough times.

Talking about the help provided by Miracle Foundation, a senior official from one of the CCIs in Maharashtra said,

We have students coming from tribal groups, and small villages and when they went back to their den, their daily nutrition intake stopped. We were figuring out a way to provide assistance to these students but it’s not just students, we had to look after their families as well so we worked with Miracle Foundation India and designed a monthly package costing Rs. 3,750 per family. To ensure the money is being used for what it’s destined for, we do a follow-up with students. Families who have smartphones often send us pictures as well.

This way, the Miracle Foundation India along with CCIs has provided food, groceries, and hygiene items to 400 children and their families in the month of April and May and is continuing for June and July.

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Along with this, the NGO has undertaken the task of creating awareness about precautionary and preventive measures essential in the fight against COVID-19. Children and their families are educated about hand hygiene, and social distancing. In many CCIs, the local doctors held sessions on the same.

For the children who have joined their families, the CCI staff connects with them once a week to check on their food, health and any other issues they may have. Remote counselling is provided wherever needed. For the children staying at the CCIs, health check-ups including temperature is monitored every day. In several states, the Department of Women and Child Development has asked for a daily report on the health of the children, said Ms DasGupta.

Miracle Foundation India that works with the aim of empowering orphans to reach their full potential and for the same has been working with CCIs to support children plans to continue with its efforts.

Miracle Foundation India is committed to ensuring that the rights of the child are met. One of the key rights is the right to nutrition, signed off Ms DasGupta.

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World

17,59,54,708Cases
5,81,66,715Active
11,39,84,189Recovered
38,03,804Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,59,54,708 and 38,03,804 have died; 5,81,66,715 are active cases and 11,39,84,189 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 3:36 am.

India

2,95,10,410 70,421Cases
9,73,15853,001Active
2,81,62,947 1,19,501Recovered
3,74,305 3,921Deaths
In India, there are 2,95,10,410 confirmed cases including 3,74,305 deaths. The number of active cases is 9,73,158 and 2,81,62,947 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,08,992 10,442

1,58,617 167

56,39,271 7,504

1,11,104 2,771

Karnataka

27,65,134 7,810

1,80,856 10,961

25,51,365 18,646

32,913 125

Kerala

27,28,239 11,584

1,23,433 6,478

25,93,625 17,856

11,181 206

Tamil Nadu

23,53,721 14,016

1,49,927 12,146

21,74,247 25,895

29,547 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,09,844 6,770

85,637 5,780

17,12,267 12,492

11,940 58

Uttar Pradesh

17,02,624 452

8,986 820

16,71,852 1,221

21,786 51

West Bengal

14,61,257 3,984

17,651 1,403

14,26,710 2,497

16,896 84

Delhi

14,31,139 255

3,466 144

14,02,850 376

24,823 23

Chhattisgarh

9,86,963 459

13,677 1,405

9,59,969 1,858

13,317 6

Rajasthan

9,49,684 308

7,441 959

9,33,421 1,260

8,822 7

Odisha

8,51,782 4,469

51,681 3,309

7,96,799 7,733

3,302 45

Gujarat

8,20,321 455

10,249 614

8,00,075 1,063

9,997 6

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,183 274

4,251 524

7,75,380 780

8,552 18

Haryana

7,65,861 339

4,661 525

7,52,208 821

8,992 43

Bihar

7,17,215 487

5,312 389

7,02,411 868

9,492 8

Telangana

6,03,369 1,280

21,137 996

5,78,748 2,261

3,484 15

Punjab

5,87,903 956

12,981 1,083

5,59,360 1,980

15,562 59

Assam

4,59,497 2,167

41,373 3,272

4,14,173 5,403

3,951 36

Jharkhand

3,43,458 154

3,395 571

3,34,979 723

5,084 2

Uttarakhand

3,36,879 263

4,633 388

3,25,311 644

6,935 7

Jammu And Kashmir

3,07,412 774

15,081 1,203

2,88,145 1,965

4,186 12

Himachal Pradesh

1,98,550 237

4,777 625

1,90,382 855

3,391 7

Goa

1,62,468 420

4,882 175

1,54,658 581

2,928 14

Puducherry

1,12,528 402

5,331 414

1,05,513 809

1,684 7

Chandigarh

61,110 54

520 20

59,798 71

792 3

Manipur

59,852 530

8,499 211

50,379 726

974 15

Tripura

59,321 235

5,170 382

53,531 610

620 7

Meghalaya

41,906 305

4,623 248

36,550 547

733 6

Arunachal Pradesh

31,282 134

2,885 302

28,252 434

145 2

Nagaland

23,644 82

3,502 131

19,689 208

453 5

Ladakh

19,561 17

658 88

18,706 105

197

Sikkim

18,414 157

3,553 230

14,580 387

281

Mizoram

15,364 97

3,549 111

11,748 203

67 5

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,463 1

78 17

10,381 18

4

Lakshadweep

9,209 34

576 39

8,589 72

44 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,261 18

110 11

7,025 29

126

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