Our hope for children
Dear extended family,
Right when I thought it was time to meet more people at work or socially, have more conversation, listen to more stories, and share more meals—the things that always cheer me up instantly, the deadly surge entered our homes. It barged in to shake us and remind us that we let it too loose too early. As we closed our financial year and were prepping up for creating bigger impact for children in the post pandemic world, the surge soon took over among families, friends and acquaintances like wildfire. Media and social media became dreadful buzzing with stories of people gasping for breath, humans looking frantically for hospital beds, people grieving the loss of loved ones, or just seeing them lose the battle in front of their eyes. Desperation and helplessness soon engulfed each one of us.
In the history of our existence, we have quite rightfully and proudly claimed that we are the first to reach and last to leave during an emergency—primarily because we have not known commitment for children any other way. Since the beginning of our journey as a global orgasnisation or even in India, we have acknowledged that children are the most vulnerable during any emergency and they need us, no matter what. But this second surge left every individual at crossroads of sorts where it was truly impossible to choose between their selves, families, near and dear ones, and the community. This led us to enable a system of local management of the crisis through the the community task forces, supporting them to manage the crisis at the community level, and like all times the grit and resilience shown by them absolutely amazed us. They stood strong and helped each other cope with community wellness checks, psycho social support, and by acting on cases of urgency and also facilitating linkages for patients in their communities.
We lost some of our co-journeymen and we wish we had time to mourn and grieve. We had to quickly move on and get the show going—for the children and the people out there struggling to hang on to the thin hope of life. The tenacity of each member of the family ensured the continuity of care and support for the most marginalised.
With a humanitarian experience completely non-medical, we dived straight into a medical response—because there was no other way we could have done it. We stumbled, leaned on each other, learned from mistakes…but we delivered. From locations such as Kargil to the remotest of corners in districts like Gumla (Jharkhand) and Nellore (Andhra Pradesh), we reached those who are most likely to be out of the radar. We delivered more than 800 concentrators in around 70 public health facilities in the remotest corners of the country with focus on people who barely manage to hold on, like people living on the streets, displaced population among others. We reached out to these communities with humanitarian relief. We tried to support the systems from collapsing- to be able to handle the rising case load and safeguard people’s basic right to survival.
Can we do better? Surely we can and we will. As you must know by now, that we are driven by the determination to raise the bar for ourselves both in quality and quantity of services for children who need us. We are extremely grateful to be guided by the unshakable love and trust that you have kept in us for so many years now. We won’t let any of you down and our children—who look up to us to give them that little push and they are ready to conquer. We won’t rest till we get every Indian to think of children. We will not stop with the response. We will recover and we will rebuild.