Between the months of March and June 2021, India was gripped by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the healthcare sector was stretched to its limits with rising case numbers and limited resources. Project Rise volunteers from different parts of the country, alongside local authorities and NGOs, stepped forward to help better equip healthcare facilities and provide food, water and medical support to those in need.
Community members in Taloda answered the local government’s call to assist in building a Covid-19 facility in town by contributing 60 beds & numerous oxygen cylinders. They also helped in covering transport costs, procurement of vaccines and arranging food and water for patients. The facility catered to a population of nearly 300,000 people living in more than 50 villages near Taloda.
In collaboration with empowHER India and the Rotaract Club of Bombay Midtown, Project Rise supported the provision of beds and oxygen cylinders in six Primary Healthcare Centres and a Covid Care centre in the Karjat region of Maharashtra. The efforts helped supplement a disproportionate distribution of healthcare facilities where the number of beds with oxygen supply was less than 200 for a combined population of over 250,000 people.
Members of HSB, Mumbai, an Alumni committee of the MSB educational institute, celebrated Eid al-Fitr by expressing their gratitude to camera persons in the media who have been hit hard by the second wave of the pandemic in Mumbai. Eid Ration kits comprising 10 kg rice, 3 kg sugar, 3 litres of oil and other essential grocery items were delivered to more than 60 families.
In addition to coping with health issues brought on by the pandemic, many marginalised and tribal communities in Mokhada, Jawhar and Vikramgad areas in Palghar district, Maharashtra, struggled to access clean water. Project Rise provided 10,000 litres of water to Dapti village in Mokhada on a daily basis during the summer season helping over 420 people in the parched village. Project Rise has also previously held a food and nutrition program in the Mokhada region.
In addition to these efforts, Project Rise volunteers in Indore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai also lent a hand in the fight against the pandemic by facilitating vaccination drives as well as spaces for isolation and treatment.