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The 2nd wave of Covid-19 affects both urban and rural India equally.
AID IS NOT TARGETED FOR RURAL PEOPLE = THOSE MOST DESPERATELY IN NEED.
Help predominantly reaches the more accessible towns and cities.
About 90% of Indigenous (Adivasi) and Tribal people live in rural India and are the worst affected, facing an unprecedented crisis of Covid-19 infections.
Indigenous people desperately require shelter, food, and medicines.
Rural India lacks basic access to primary health care systems; medicines, oxygen, vaccines, transportation, ambulances, etc.
Many villages struggle for basic medical support, as they are farmers with small landholdings, daily wage earners, or returned migrant workers from cities, having been forced home under Covid-19.
The whole village population has been affected and struggles for survival.
Many Indigenous intellectuals, activists, leaders, friends, family members, have been lost to the virus.
The apocalyptic scene plays out everywhere.
Some of us remain tenuously safe, busy in guiding and supporting the people in different ways, according to our local situation and capacity.
Meanwhile, corruption and black-market activities in essential medical and other services and markets proliferate.
Villages of Indigenous people are bereft, left to fate’s mercy.
Fortunately, many church organisations/Dioceses are active in helping the Tribal and Indigenous people in their own capacities in these tribal dominated areas.
The church-run hospitals and dispensaries are isolated but much appreciated as rural people place much hope and confidence in them.
Health care providers also lack even basic medical facilities to offer a variety of needs, yet are committed to the struggle as best they can.
We continue to engage with local leaders in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Rourkela in the state of Odisha; Jashpur, Raigarh and Ambikapur, in Chhatishgarh state; Simdega, Gumla, Ranchi, Dumka, Khuti and Hazaribagh, in Jharkhand state; Dumka and Purnea, in Bihar State.
1. To provide essential Health Care support to Tribal people in Rural, Indigenous regions.
2. To strengthen the Sustainable Tribal & Indigenous people's Health care system.
1. Locally-based Isolation Centres, vital for affected villagers.
2. Production and Distribution of PPE (Protective Equipment), especially masks, sanitiser, etc.
3. Provision of food parcels for two to three months for affected families, the disabled, widows, vulnerable children.
4. Upskilling village health care workers to create proficient Covid-trained practitioners and volunteers.
5. Provide additional capacity to assist over worked local hospital staff.
EMERGENCY HEALTH/MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS
1. Connecting to Panchayat (local level government office) / Block/District hospitals, to facilitate access to communities and safe response protocols between village and government systems.
2. Provide Steamers, Oxygen cylinders, Oxi-meters, medicines, etc, within villages.
3. Provide reliable ambulance vehicle network in region.
4. Establish centralised call centre, for ambulance access and deployment for:
* Transfer of critically ill from villages to hospitals
Utilise call centre and allow ambulances, to become trusted education platforms/staging posts for doctor and nurse teams, to be brought from towns to villages.
Use these resources, coordinating with health officials, to create and conduct health vaccination camps.
This builds people’s confidence, dispelling myths and mistrust about vaccination, etc.
AREA OF OPERATION
The population in the major Indian Tribal States; Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar.
1. Ambikapur, 2. Jashpur, 3. Raigarh, 4. Sambalpur, 5. Rourkela, 6. Simdega, 7. Gumla, 8. Daltonganj, 9. Hazaribag, 10. Ranchi,
11, Khunti 12. Jamsetpur, 13. Dumka, 14. Purnea, 15. Bhagalpur.
Will be overseen by a group of Bishops and Indigenous Leaders and Elders with Welfare and Administrative qualifications, led by Father Nicholas Barla of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, Secretary in the Office for Tribal Affairs.
Also, qualified medical personnel.
The management team will liaise with and coordinate government initiatives to meet the challenges of Covid.
Lacking access to a modern health care system, medicines, doctors, nurses and ambulance services, Indigenous (Adivasi) people confront crises in a methodical way.
Their approach is pragmatic and practical, relying on a wholistic knowledge system.
Traditional Adivasi botanists/land-custodians use diverse herbal, dietary, environmental and survival practices, to fortify communities and increase resilience.
Science needs to assess whether this gives an immunological advantage against pathogens.
Aid will be delivered coordinating Indigenous traditional medicine and evidence-based clinical practice.
Adivasis keenly await the establishment of centres of learning and research, which may cross-fertilise indigenous technologies that endow life skills, on the one hand, and biochemistry, epidemiology, life and environmental sciences, on the other.
OUR 2-year BUDGET INCLUDES:
5 x Village-based Isolation Centre Units
10 x Tata Winger, 5 x Force Traveller AC Cardiac Ambulances
5 x Distribution of PPE
Food Distribution centre
Training of 4 x Village Health Volunteers
5 x Health kits, with 3 x Oxi-meters, 3 x Thermometer 3, 3 x Steamer, basic medicines
5 x 10 Awareness camps for Vaccination
4 x Health Volunteers for each unit
Trainer + Communications Person
2 x Drivers
2 x Accountants
5 x Training Materials
Research, Documentation & Publication
Video and camera
Unforeseen contingencies have been included, set at 15%
Our PHASE ONE 2-year Budget is:
This fundraiser is being organised by:
Ben Chapple, a Social Welfare worker living in Sydney.
He has dedicated 9 months of his life to date, travelling and working in India and has an affinity with the country and her people.
When he was last in India, Ben met many Adivasi people including Father Barla, Anupama, Neelam and the Indigenous Elder, village and church community, attending various Adivasi gatherings, workshops and celebrations.
He was also there to join the Jai Jagat 2020 Yatra, https://www.jaijagatinternational.org - a march for peace & justice, intending to walk 11,000km over a year, from Delhi to Geneva, to celebrate Gandhi's 150th birthday.
They were led by P.V. Rajagopal and the welfare organisation Ekta Parishad and walked a distance of 2,400km in India, then about 350km in Armenia, before Covid intervened.
The march passed through many Adivasi villages, where we paused to share the generous Adivasi insight and hospitality.
Ben holds Aboriginal people in Australia, Adivasi people in India and first peoples the world over, in high regard for their consensus culture, resilience and breadth of capacity.
We are reaching out to liaise with philanthropic organisations, governments and NGO's for a large body of support, but place great value in your personal donations also.
FULL PROPOSAL, BUDGETS and Registered in India for (FCRA) Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010: charitable donation details, AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM:
If you are in Sydney, I am happy to provide more details, organise meetings with individuals or groups, offering presentations as required.
Father Nicholas Barla
CBCI (Catholic Bishop's Conference of India)
Secretary, Tribal Coordination Forum, Delhi.
Either of us can send our plans to you in full, including itemised budgets.
Send us a message on Go Fund Me and we will engage promptly.
OUR PHASE TWO WILL up the ante Post COVID-19.
Life in the rural Indigenous villages after Covid will remain a challenge.
Our Phase 2 plan is formulated and ongoing - called Project COPA (Cooperative of Adivasis).
It focuses on empowering and improving the livelihood of Indigenous people.
It mitigates the need for small farm families to leave their land to find work.
COPA assists skill development, entrepreneurship and marketing.
It conducts innovative agricultural and rural productivity.
COPA enhances and optimises traditional, tribal self-sufficiency.
COPA continues to develop and support regional community health workers, to ensure local people can combine traditional knowledge and skills, while being resourced to face future modern health challenges.
PHASE TWO FUNDRAISER: PROJECT COPA is working concurrently.
GO FUND ME: (Dare2Dream: India's Indigenous are Self-Sufficient)
P.S. For donors interest:
We can't avoid GoFundMe Fees: 2.2% + 0.30 cents as shown below. But everything else will find it's mark!
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Thank you for your support.
- Thad Mermer
- mark annandale
- Ben Chapple
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