Hunger Free Villages in Rajasthan during COVID-19

 

SWRC Barefoot College Tilonia was instrumental in creating 540+ hunger-free villages in Rajasthan during the COVID-19 pandemic. We distributed over 10,000 Survival Kits to families across 10 districts over the last 6 months. Each Survival Kit is designed to ensure that a family of 5 receives adequate food, nutrition, and safety for 15-20 days in the month.

The Survival Kits were given to the poorest of the poor families of daily wage workers, migrant workers, silicosis patients, old and abandoned women, and others without employment or access to government food relief.

 

Distribution in Slums

 

Distribution in Villages

 

Packing and Transport

 

Detailed project description

SWRC Tilonia has distributed over 10,000 Survival Kits across 10 districts over the last 6 months, covering 540+ villages and 9 slums. This was made possible by a team of dedicated staff members and volunteers who worked tirelessly through the lockdown period to ensure that no family within a 100km radius of the SWRC campus die of hunger or starvation during the pandemic.

The project was initiated with a survey – families in need were identified, and details such as their identity verification and family size were recorded. The focus was on supporting vulnerable families who did not have any means to earn and eat. A ‘Survival Kit’ was designed to keep a family of 5 hunger-free for 15-20 days. The kit included a dry ration (daily staples of wheat flour, vegetables, basic condiments, locally produced iron supplement), and a sanitary kit (hand sanitizer, reusable masks, and sanitary pads)

At the Barefoot College Tilonia campus, a warehouse was set up for the packaging and loading of these kits every day. Based on the demand, the material was procured from farmers at regulated prices verified by the District Collector. Survival kits were put together with precision and hygiene by a team of volunteers, and later transported and distributed to field locations. The total cost per kit including material and transportation was INR 2,500.

During kit distribution, photographs and signatures were collected from EACH BENEFICIARY, and the records were verified and countersigned by the Government Village Level Officer each day. Between April 15th and July 31st, 2020, an average of 80-90 kits were distributed every day.