Our hope for children
Bringing hope to hard-hit communities during COVID-19
Save the Children has a history of being the first responder during any humanitarian challenge. But the COVID-19 crisis was critical in more ways than one. We knew that the marginalized families need us now more than ever, but we were constantly worried about our colleagues on the ground who were challenging their own safety every day. As a leader, the least I could do is to be there on the field with them, not only to support this fearless team but also to listen to the children and families dealing with absolute distress and uncertainty.
I reached a relief distribution site in the month of June in New Delhi. As I could see first-hand, the challenges on the field ranged from food security, need of livelihood support, protection issues for children. These challenges include the restricted access to social protection mechanisms, due to problems related to lack of identity documents for many migrant families — without an identity document even the access to ration was impossible. Most of the families did not have cash to sustain themselves beyond a day. These pressing problems indicated the need for immediate cash transfers and food relief, which is being taken up by the government and civil society, including Save the Children.
Though the situation is really grim, it was heartening to see the conviction of the people as well as the grit and determination of our team to sail through the adversities. After all, the deprived communities were not only facing distress but an unprecedented level of uncertainty, leading to fear, anxiety and stress.
What gave me the most hope is how the children and the adolescents have embraced this opportunity to find novel solutions. I was so excited to find them willing to upscale their skills and abilities for jobs in the organized sector. Organisations like Save the Children are fully committed to provide support through capacity building platforms and life skill and vocational trainings to enable the same.
The experience gained through this exposure to the ground realities have pushed us to rethink on our strategy and program framework to suit the need of the hour. We have revisited our three years strategy to focus on the critical needs of the most marginalized children. We will be bringing you more updates in the coming editions.