COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE
Working with 21 villages, Parivartan intervenes in the community through field visits and on-ground activities within the communities and the Parivartan Campus. We organize regular workshops and training for children, women, and farmers in the community. However, due to COVID-19, Parivartan had to re-strategise its activities, to maintain social distancing and other necessary precautions, adhere to the rules and regulations stipulated by the Government of India. Through regular discussions and meetings, we had to restructure the way we were working previously. Compared to other states in India, Bihar has had the largest rates of migration.
According to the latest figures of the Protectorate General of Emigrants (PGoE), Bihar stands 2nd in labour migration from where most migrant labourers go to other countries. From Siwan district, most people migrate to Gulf countries. Indian migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic have faced multiple hardships. Shutting down of factories and workplaces led to the loss of income, food shortages, and uncertainty about the future for millions of migrant workers.
Parivartan’s team with the support of Dr. Rajeshwar Mishra, a renowned social psychologist, identified the main issues through research and field visits. Maintaining the necessary precautions during this pandemic, our team decided to intervene in the community with a focus on three major areas:
- Behavioral Change & Awareness
- Government Schemes