In COVID-19 Times, This West Bengal NGO Provides Relief To Those Battling The Challenges Of The Pandemic

In COVID-19 Times, This West Bengal NGO Provides Relief To Those Battling The Challenges Of The Pandemic

Along with providing food and hygiene material to over 34,000 families, Child In Need Institute, with The Hans Foundation support, has also facilitated nutrition, health, education and protection services to poor children and women in villages and slum areas of West Bengal and Jharkhand
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In COVID-19 Times, This West Bengal NGO Provides Relief To Those Battling The Challenges Of The PandemicSouth 24 Parganas based Child in Need Institute (CINI) has been providing essential items to the families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in West Bengal and Jharkhand
  • CINI’s COVID relief efforts focus on daily wagers, poor children and women
  • It has reached out to 30,000 children and women
  • CINI is running a child helpline to aid children in distress

New Delhi: Arati Mondal, an adolescent girl from Azimganj Junction area of Murshidabad, lives with her five family members. Her father, who is the only earning member of the family, lost his job during the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of this, the little savings that the family had dried up within a few days and the family had no means of buying essentials like foodgrains. In order to help Arati’s family and many other families who were battling the similar challenges of the pandemic, Child in Need Institute (CINI), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based out of South 24 Parganas came forward with relief measures to help them cope with the ongoing crisis. With the aid from The Hans Foundation, a Public Charitable Trust that provides funding support to not for profit organizations, CINI has been able to help over 34,000 families across West Bengal and Jharkhand.

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While speaking with NDTV about the relief efforts Mr. Ranjan K. Panda, Deputy Director and Chief of Programmes, CINI said,

Since the starting of the lockdown, we have been engaged in providing support to the people who have been affected by the pandemic, especially those who are daily wagers or depend on small businesses or working in tea plantations and have lost their livelihood.

CINI has provided ration kits including foodgrains, potatoes, oil, sugar, spices and other essential cooking items and hygiene kits that include sanitisers, masks, handwash and sanitary napkins to the needy families in the two states. Along with this, the organisation has also provided supplementary nutrition to children and pregnant and lactating mothers. Cooked by the staff of the organisation themselves, a low-cost supplementary nutrition item called ‘Nutrimix’ is being provided to 30,000 children and women on a regular basis.

Laxmi Kumari, a 22-year-old member of Dibdih Girja Toli, Ward No.36 of Ranchi in Jharkhand a community leader who helped implement CINI’s COVID-19 relief efforts in the village and slum areas said,

We are grateful to CINI for providing these food packets to the needy and vulnerable families in this community. Today we distributed 68 packets to such families who are having single earning member, elderly people, widow families, migrants and daily labourers. They are devoid of getting the benefits from any kind of government services/schemes. They are neither linked with the PDS system. In this crisis times, such generous help gives hope to people.

To address the needs of children in villages and slums area in West Bengal and Jharkhand, during the ongoing crisis, CINI has been facilitating essential nutrition and health services of the government with the help of Anganwadis and ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activist) to the doorstep of affected families. CINI is also providing interactive study material to children so that they do not feel stuck at one place and can keep themselves engaged. It has been running programmes for the protection of children as well. Explaining the health and protective services for children undertaken by the organisation, Mr Marine Mukherjee, Assistant Director, West Bengal Programmes, CINI, said,

Most of the time, relief measures are focused on providing support to adults and the needs of children are overlooked. However, it is very important to understand that the lockdown has deeply impacted the children as well. In order to protect children and provide them with support, we have been running a child helpline and open shelters. During the lockdown, there have been several instances of children running away from home. There have been some instances of child trafficking too.

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According to Mr. Mukherjee, during the initial period of the lockdown, nutrition and basic health services like immunisation, monitoring of weight of children and others were affected and discontinued at most places. While the nutrition and health services of the government have resumed at most places, he said that CINI staff at the local level ensured that children and pregnant women get medical help whenever required during the lockdown. They also facilitated age-appropriate immunizations and ensure that the families are made aware about the ways to prevent transmission of the infection.

Commenting on the efforts of CINI spanning from providing ration to the families to facilitating protection services for children, Lt. Gen. SM Mehta, CEO, The Hans Foundation said,

Migrant labourers are the backbone of India’s informal sector and micro, small and medium enterprises. The COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown have created a humanitarian and health security challenge. The Hans Foundation along with CINI, are undertaking relief support drives to help the migrant labourers stranded on the streets, waiting to reach home; families in remote villages dependent on daily wages and individuals and families in urban slums who lost their incomes. With the support of CINI, we are able to help 34,000 families in West Bengal and Jharkhand. With continued efforts, The Hans Foundation aims to support these workers by focusing on providing sustenance and creating employment opportunities.

As CINI continues to help thousands of families in West Bengal and Jharkhand, they have expanded their efforts in their parts of the country as well like Assam, Odisha and in North Eastern States. They plan to cover families over the next few months with their COVID-19 response efforts, including the distribution of relief material, Nutrimix, and health and child protection services.

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NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene


Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,59,54,660 and 41,87,297 have died; 6,30,45,359 are active cases and 12,87,22,004 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 4:00 am.


3,15,28,114 43,509Cases
4,03,840 4,404Active
3,07,01,612 38,465Recovered
4,22,662 640Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,28,114 confirmed cases including 4,22,662 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,03,840 and 3,07,01,612 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

62,82,914 6,857

85,913 466

60,64,856 6,105

1,32,145 286


33,27,301 22,056

1,50,040 4,164

31,60,804 17,761

16,457 131


28,99,195 1,531

22,592 82

28,40,147 1,430

36,456 19

Tamil Nadu

25,53,805 1,756

21,521 667

24,98,289 2,394

33,995 29

Andhra Pradesh

19,59,942 2,010

20,999 34

19,25,631 1,956

13,312 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,313 87

768 30

16,84,790 116

22,755 1

West Bengal

15,25,773 815

11,370 10

14,96,294 811

18,109 14


14,36,093 67

573 3

14,10,471 61

25,049 3


10,01,651 164

2,226 164

9,85,905 327

13,520 1


9,72,517 1,703

15,765 65

9,51,049 1,699

5,703 69


9,53,605 30

268 10

9,44,384 40



8,24,802 28

274 11

8,14,452 39


Madhya Pradesh

7,91,778 11

130 8

7,81,135 18

10,513 1


7,69,828 32

702 1

7,59,499 28

9,627 3


7,24,673 76

480 4

7,14,554 80



6,43,093 657

9,314 77

6,29,986 578

3,793 2


5,98,947 65

559 24

5,82,102 84

16,286 5


5,62,731 1,276

14,499 536

5,43,031 1,791

5,201 21


3,47,049 27

237 10

3,41,686 36

5,126 1


3,41,934 60

672 13

3,33,901 47


Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,026 160

1,139 15

3,15,511 144

4,376 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,499 116

953 30

2,01,026 84

3,520 2


1,70,810 81

1,082 48

1,66,586 127

3,142 2


1,20,627 97

923 0

1,17,912 96

1,792 1


95,824 1,003

10,922 120

83,392 871

1,510 12


77,788 376

3,861 107

73,177 267

750 2


63,014 541

5,456 124

56,510 409

1,048 8


61,943 5

36 1

61,098 6


Arunachal Pradesh

47,142 342

4,301 14

42,617 325

224 3


36,407 1,110

11,610 686

24,657 424



27,586 114

1,350 34

25,684 78

552 2


25,856 240

3,117 42

22,406 198



20,320 6

64 6

20,049 12


Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,642 3

41 3

10,597 6



10,155 6

76 6

10,029 11

50 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,531 1

7 5

7,395 6


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  1. Goutam Hlader

    Dear sir,
    Pl help we are bansberia million sandhog ( vill- Bansberia, po- Gazipur, Ps- kulpi, Dist 24 Pgs South Pin- 743336, Wb).We want to do village social work in our area, Kindly Help.Thanks You.

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