Monthly Archives: June 2021

Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha treats relapsed Tuberculosis patients in the slums

There were a large number of TB patients in the Asha communities, most of whom got treated. Since Covid has spread in the slums, a number of treated patients have relapsed. They have become sputum positive again and are really sick. Some have been referred to TB hospitals for admission. That in itself is really difficult these days. Others are being treated and monitored at home by Asha.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha distributes grocery parcels to the needy living by the river bed slum

Hi everyone, some of you may have heard of the families living in great poverty on a dried river bed near the Interstate Bus Terminal of the city.

The men are mostly cycle rickshaw pullers who have been out of work for over two months. The families live on mud in temporary shacks. There is no electricity, no toilets, and no roads.

This time I asked the team to invite the local MLA (equal to a US Congressman, or a locally elected representative of the legislative branch of the government), and involve the MLA in the process of handing out grocery bags.

The poor were comforted, they and their children got enough to eat for some days, and an important relationship was built with the MLA, whose wife represented him. She was really happy to get involved. Hopefully she will be able to help provide basic services to the residents who have suffered neglect at the hands of the authorities for so many years.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha provides slum dwellers with essential needs as they face massive unemployment

Hello everyone, both the first and second wave of the pandemic in India have seen massive unemployment among the urban poor. They had not even recovered from the effects of the first wave, when the second wave struck.

The poor therefore have no money for food, for health care, or for rent if they don’t have a shanty of their own.

If Asha had not been there to help them, they would have had to borrow money from money lenders to buy food. The interest rate is 60- 120% per annum.

They would have had to borrow money from money lenders for treatment of illnesses as well. The public hospitals are all only for Covid patients. Private ones are impossible to afford. Without Asha, not only would they have borrowed money, but would have been cheated by quacks and local healers.

Many people would have been thrown out of their homes if they could not pay the rent.

The public distribution system (PDS) is terribly flawed, with about half the urban poor having no access to food subsidies.

Thank you for helping Asha provide them with food, health care, and money, to meet their essential needs. And thank you for helping us comfort them when they are so worried about their next meal.

In the long term, may we help them get on the path of recovery, resilience and self reliance.

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Asha COVID-19 Emergency Response: Asha slum communities receive compassionate care from Asha in this pandemic

The Asha family continues its work in the slums through such important partnerships with all of you during this pandemic ravaging the communities.

So desperate are they during these times that they do not have the capacity to provide food and medical care to their families. Many middle class and wealthy Indians have treated them even worse than when there was no pandemic, being apathetic and uninterested in their plight. The poor are already judged harshly by them, and this lack of care adds a further blow to their already compromised dignity and worth.

Compassionate care given with respect to everyone in the community, not expressed as a feeling of pity, but as empathy towards a brother or a sister in distress, must reach out to all. They must feel fully valued and fully loved.

Thank you that we can be co-workers and collaborators in our convictions and in our efforts as we stand with them in their suffering.

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