Sandeep and Lal Bahadur, migrant labourers from Bettiah, Bihar, shared— “We couldn’t find a bus to Bihar from Kashmiri Gate.
“Betul, a remote village in Madhya Pradesh has several daily wagers as residents who don’t have money to buy even the basics.
“This pandemic is not only a threat to human health but also to the constitutional framework.The representatives are ensuring that the democratic polity…
‘The impact of COVID-19 on health sector is not as bad as it was thought to be which is not to say that the virus hasn’t had a serious negative impact on India.
People in Narkatiaganj, Rampur and Bettiah are following the norms of lockdown, but those who are in the villages, they haven’t taken it seriously. People have to mandatorily wear masks…
“There is a shortage of masks and sanitizers in West Champaran and people do not have money to afford one. “There is a shortage of masks and sanitizers…
“Rustampur has a population of 500 people and 2 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported. People are panicked and there is an atmosphere of fear in the village.
“The Planet is hitting backwards and it is a situation of a human crisis within the Planet’s existence. The situation is such that we all are isolated and quarantined…
“In Nuh, despite lockdown Samar Khan and his team have been on the go to serve people. Unfortunately, there is a lack of awareness and understanding when it comes…
“In Barabanki the weavers are in trouble due to the crisis. They have not been paid for the previous orders because there is no way of transporting the products.
“Villagers are contributing rice, wheat, potato and oil—and we have prepared food packets to help others who are struggling. Since this is the harvest season, every family in the village…
“The immediate effect of lockdown on the villagers is that—it has become extremely difficult for them to step out of their respective homes, even for urgent requirements.
“I am at Channenhalli village which is 60 kilometres away from Tumkur district in Karnataka and am connected with Mr. Manzar through the internet.
“India with regards to the spread of the virus is nowhere close to peaking—and currently it is only at the tip of the iceberg. The dynamics of the country—the lifestyle…
“Off late, biometric to avail ration has been stopped and instead OTP mechanism has been put in place. Since this the only option, people are unable to avail it because either they don’t have a registered…
“According to my observation, the migrant workers are the worst affected in Goa, especially in Saligao. In Goa, thousands of labourers who are daily wagers…
“ISAP is a large network of agriculture and allied sector of professionals in India and acts as a bridge between Indian rural communities and other government corporate entities.
In our pilot episode, DEF Founder and Director, Osama Manzar got in touch with Kalyan Akkipeddi, co-founder of ProtoVillage, a prototype of an ideal community living.
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Opinion: The future of women’s work
When Subarna Ghosh’s husband shared her petition with his friends and colleagues, one of them asked, “You have been troubling your wife so much she had to ask the prime minister for help?”. Ghosh’s Change.org petition, published earlier this month… Read More
Why Millions Of Indians Cannot Claim Emergency Food Rations
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Hungry, Broken, Bruised, Disappointed
“Ab hamein ghar jana hai, hum bohot ruk liye” (We want to go back home now. We have waited long enough), said Bharat Yadav, who was one of the many migrant workers walking back home because of no work and desperation. We met them on the way to Nuh, Haryana. Read More
Chronology of Rumours and Misinformation during Covid-19
The article tries to understand the chronology of events that started rumors, fake news and misinformation about COVID-19 that eventually managed to spread across the communities. It highlights the conditions that provide a fertile ground for rumors… Read More
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Covid-19 Calls Humans Back to Basics: Arun Maira on What Next Post-Crisis
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Covid-19 DEF Dialogue with Osama Manzar
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Banking Services at Doorstep to Maintain Social Distancing
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Chanderi Handloom cluster: As crisis deepens, DEF’s Chanderiyaan extends immediate relief
Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) through its flagship programme Chanderiyaan has been demonstrating the power of digital intervention to improve the financial status… Read More
THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF THE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN IN RURAL INDIA
The Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) has been working on the ground through their 10,000 digital foot soldiers in 600 locations across 130 districts in India. DEF has been conducting… Read More
Covid 19 Relief Program: Creating alternate livelihood opportunities for weavers
“Essential items have become costlier. Now, getting food is becoming difficult because there is no work or earning,” said Mohammed Shiraj Ansari from Saidanpur cluster of Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh… Read More
We need Pradhan Mantri Free Talk Time and Internet Yojna during COVID19
“We need immediate help to ensure our mobiles are working and we can make calls,” said one of the migrant workers stranded on the road from Delhi towards Bundelkhand. Read More
Livelihoods in the time of pandemic: COVID – 19 and the Reaffirmation of Internet as a Basic Need
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DEF – USIPI Survey Finds Food Shortage and Scare Access to Medical Care in Rural Areas
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Strengthening Community Resilience and Sustenance through Digital Intervention
Shivkumari, an Internet Saathi from Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, is currently producing 300 masks per day and is supplying it to the local hospitals. Read More
Curbing misinformation and fake news around Covid-19
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Understanding Gravity of Coronavirus Pandemic in India?
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Damyanti Kushwaha is an Internet Saathi from the village of Taudiyaar in Rewa, Madhya Pradesh. She has been able to make numerous mask to help her community members and aims to stitch at least 3,000 more.
Nazmeen Ansari is a part of the Digital Clusters Development Program (DCDP), initiated by DEF in the weavers cluster of Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh. She has set herself up on the task of making masks out of vegetable bags amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Even shortage of raw materials has not put a dent in her motivation to serve the community.
Yusuf Khan, a world renowned Bhapang player, is on a mission to digitalise dying folk music of Mewat area in Alwar, under Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF). Over 100 local and folk artists visit his computer centre to book tickets online, contact international music organisations along with creating their websites and digitalising their music.
Under Digital Emergency Relief Program—DEF’s Smartpur project team in Nuh, Haryana, has been working tirelessly to provide basic essentials and government entitlements to all those in need because of the Covid-19 situation. They are also spreading awareness about the virus.
Under Digital Relief Program—Pooja Malviya, and Internet Saathi from Pipalheda, Madhya Pradesh, responded to the Covid-19 situation by making masks for the community and spreading awareness.
During Covid-19 crisis—Gurudev, a SoochnaPreneur in Alwar, Rajasthan, conducted a survey to prepare a list of those who are in dire need of food. He created a kit which includes—500 gm cooking oil, 500 gm lentils, 5 Kg wheat and 1 Kg rice—and distributed it amongst households in need in the area.
- March 25-April 15: Country-wide Lockdown