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During these hard Covid pandemic times SPPD has been carrying out interventions towards mitigating the sufferings of the most deserving communities in various districts of state of Tamil Nadu. The members of the families of workers belonging to the unorganized sectors such as daily wagers and small and marginalized farmers form part of our target communities.
The impacts of Covid pandemic and lockdown on various sections of the society are explained here.
The families in our working areas have lost their livelihoods due to the lockdowns and other protocols necessitated by the pandemic conditions. The suffering being undergone by the children of these families has been enormous. The schools remain closed for nearly two years except for brief periods and immediate re-closures. Now the online classes have become the order of the day introducing a totally new concept to the children of the already extremely under privileged sections.
Hardly very few families possess the smart phones laptops and computers etc through which only the online classes are conducted by the schools, colleges and other educational institutions. This has pushed many a children to drop out and become as child laborers to compensate for the loss of income of adults in the families during pandemic. The practice of getting the minor girl children married off also has been on the rise.
In fact, the women empowerment process too which was gaining pace in our working villages in the recent years had come to a sudden halt due to the terrible onslaught of the covid pandemic.
The micro credit was instrumental in hastening women empowerment in a big way but the pandemic induced loss of livelihood has dealt a big blow.
Similarly, the small and marginal farmers who form the vast majority in our working areas have been facing the impacts of economic slowdown all around. There has been substantial fall in demand for the produce coupled with soaring cost of agricultural inputs and other farming costs have been hurting the farmers badly.
The cessation of public transportation due to frequent lockdowns both cargo movement and commutation by the people belonging to the marginal sections here have been badly hit.
And SPPD has been involved in immediate relief interventions for the families of the unorganized workers such as hawkers, small and marginal farmers, the women in general to cope with Corona caused economic fallouts. Such immediate relief has enabled these marginalized and resource poor communities to a great extent. But with the pandemic situation prolonging they are badly in need of support systems by way of credits. But post covid, the financial institutions have almost stopped lending assistance to such sections due to the high unpredictability of the return of loans.
In the absence of credit facilities, the assistance in the form of kind to offset the difficulties in attending online classes and overcoming transportation and commutation woes , and value addition of their agriculture produce etc would prove to be greatly helpful.
And hence SPPD thought of helping them with offering laptops, P.Cs, tablets etc that would help the children to help them cope with online classes. Similarly two wheelers, small trucks, tractors and other gadgets required towards addressing their livelihood loss induced by the pandemic . These gadgets and vehicles would go a long way in helping the pandemic hit communities to revive their livelihood prospects. But the cost of such an intervention would be impossible to meet for a charity like SPPD and hence it is decided to appeal for used vehicles and other required gadgets from the charity inclined citizens of our nation to lend a helping hand to the less privileged fellow citizens of India.
These vehicles and gadgets shall be made use of collectively by the members of the community based on the individual needs in a cooperative form. You can help this noble cause by giving your used vehicles and other house hold gadgets which are used but in working condition. You can donate such used Gadgets and Vehicles which are in working condition. You could donate the following type of used ones but in operational condition.
The donors of the used gadgets or vehicles can directly connect with the beneficiary or beneficiaries concerned. They can continuously do the follow up of the progress being made by the beneficiaries with the things they have donated by interacting with the beneficiaries.
The contact details of both the Donor and the respective beneficiaries will be immediately uploaded in the SPPD website for the benefit of the parties concerned.
The photos and the videos of both the donors and the beneficiaries depicting the way the beneficiaries make use of the things being donated to further their livelihoods and other benefits enjoyed by virtue of the same will find a place in the Gallery of Photos and Videos.
Poongudi panchayath,Puthukottai DT,Tamilnadu
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