The confinement imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the lives of everyone, especially the poorest people such as Dalits and tribals. The ensuing financial crisis has left these people in even more precarious conditions. As factories and construction sites closed, millions of migrant workers faced loss of income, food shortages and great uncertainty. Many have walked hundreds of kilometres to return to their homes from the cities where they worked

Faced with this emergency situation, Amar Jyoti mobilised to help the most destitute, thanks to the support of the CIAO KIDS Foundation. The NGO distributed 250 food aid kits, in particular to migrant workers, the homeless and the neediest. These ration kits included rice, potatoes, oil and salt as well as other dry foods and soap. During the coldest months, blankets and warm clothes were also distributed. Setting up such a distribution required considerable organisation to meet the standards of social distancing and Amar Jyoti was very efficient. The whole team was very committed to the task.

At the same time, the teachers, caregivers and sisters made masks to protect all staff and the visually impaired children who needed special attention. Through home visits and telephone calls, Amar Jyoti has widely disseminated the recommended safety guidelines and educated as many people as possible on the importance of hand hygiene and how to protect themselves from the virus

Medical camps were also conducted where minor ailments were treated after examination by qualified nursing staff and more pressing problems were referred to the primary health centre.

Amar Jyoti identified 10 families who were given support to set up an income-generating activity.

Thanks to the generosity of the CIAO KIDS Foundation donors, Amar Jyoti was able to provide exceptional emergency food and medical aid to 5,200 people in Jharkhand.