Ever since India moved into a lock-down in March 2020, we have been faced with new challenges that have required us to come together as communities like never before. Arpan strongly believes that Covid-19 Relief must be a shared responsibility and we have therefore stepped up to be in the frontline of this work.
Since the start of this humanitarian crisis, Arpan has been contributing towards essential grocery kits for individuals and families affected during these unprecedented times. Oxygen concentrators have also been provided to Government and Private hospitals as our support towards the city’s fight to overcome the Covid crisis through Project Mumbai. Through these initiatives, Arpan has distributed over 21,718 units of relief material (that is about 304 metric tons of ration) that has reached over 86,000 beneficiaries.
Arpan also recognises that these difficult times have been taking a toll on people’s mental well-being. To address this, we have been extending our counselling services entirely free of cost beyond issues related to Child Sexual Abuse. These include chat-based and phone-based counselling across platforms, regular dissemination of parenting and mental healthcare resources through mass media communication, conducting self-care sessions with partner organisations and conducting webinars and online talks for building awareness around mental well-being and parenting during Covid. These efforts have helped us provide mental-health support to over 5,400 people.
Chosen as ‘India’s top 50 Covid Leaders’ by the World Economic Forum and Covid Response Alliance For Social Entrepreneurs, Arpan remains committed to be in the frontline of India’s fight against Covid-19.