Hakabhai, a Balmitra the library of Ganganagar village, Sayla block of Gujarat didn’t let the Pandemic stop the learning of children. He arranged meetings with school teachers, gathered mobile numbers of parents and created a class-wise WhatsApp group for parents of school going children of class 6, 7 and 8 and began circulating educational materials on the group. With the support of the teachers he started circulating the weekly online curriculum of the Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan on that WhatsApp group. Online education is a new concept for everyone and he took initiative to explain the parents and oriented them on its usage. For those who did not have access to smartphones, he promoted group studies following physical distancing by providing printed materials for everyone to participate. He went an extra mile to provide books from the library for those children who loved reading. He understands the power of education and how it could nurture the younger generations of his interior village with no access to outside world where majority of the residents are small or marginal farmers. Being differently abled himself, with limited mobility, it does not stop him from providing education access to the children of his village. Having attained only secondary education, he is an inspiration for his village by becoming a ‘mobile library’ in this much needed time.
Few Months back, 20-year-old Karishma completed a course at Yuva Junction, where she learned sewing skills to make women’s clothes. Now, she’s sewing face masks for vulnerable families in her rural community in northern Bihar, India.
By making the masks, Karishma is earning enough money to support her parents and three siblings during the pandemic. Her father is unable to work because of movement restrictions caused by COVID-19 and weather damage to crops, but Karishma’s new skill allows her family to buy essential supplies.
She makes 70 to 80 masks a day and also helping other women in her community learn mask making to meet high demand for the low-cost masks.
More than 540 young girls and SHG women are provided training on mask making. Collectively they have produced and distributed more than 90,000 masks so far. The income generated by them through mask making is helping them to support their family during this difficult time.