SCAD Coronavirus Appeal

SCAD-Nirman Responds to Covid-19 - Progress Report and Call for Support

The threat from Covid-19 continues to be ever-present in India. Despite a downturn in the number of new cases being reported, the country has seen over 100,000 deaths since the outbreak began.

September was the nation's worst month on record: on average 1,100 Indians died every day from the virus. Regional anomalies continue as some states report far higher death tolls than others - a sign, experts say, that the pandemic is still working its way through the country.

However, with the support of friends and supporters from around the world as well as other aid agencies, SCAD-Nirman has been able to provide emergency relief and personal protective equipment to 2,496 of the families most in need in the areas in which it operates.

SCAD-Nirman has developed an approach it refers to as the ‘5 Ss’:
Sensitize – heightening awareness of the virus amongst the most disadvantaged groups and highlighting the danger and how best to minimise the risk of infection.
Strengthening the respiratory system and providing masks and recommended respiratory treatments.
Serving the physical survival needs by providing access to essential food and a stipend to help with the economic pressure brought about by the virus. SCAD has also provided quarantine centres at its campuses for those travelling back from Maharashtra – which has one of India’s highest infection rates and a death toll of over 36,000.
Siddha Cure – SCAD-Nirman in collaboration with the Friends of Siddha Medicine opened a Corona Counselling Centre on 24 July to support and treat local people free of charge.

This co-ordinated response has seen SCAD deliver:
Essential food kits to 447 families in the Gypsy Community and to those suffering from the effects of leprosy. These families were also supplied with four facemasks each as well as soap and sanitizer. A supply of a herbal immunity booster called Kaba Sura Kudineer, which is recommended by AYUSH the ministry of Indian medicine system, was also provided.

The Gypsy community at Pettai was restricted from carrying on its normal nomadic lifestyle and so was particularly affected economically as it lost its ability to sell beads and handicrafts. SCAD therefore extended its support to 336 Gypsy families to provide ongoing supplies of food and a monthly stipend.

The community for people suffering from the effects of leprosy at Sathyanagar were known to be particularly vulnerable and have had to remain within their homes as much as possible. SCAD-Nirman therefore provided 104 families with financial, medical and material support.

In Tuticorin and Tirunelveli, SCAD-Nirman has supported 268 orphaned or abandoned elderly people who are also seen as highly vulnerable to infection. This group has been provided with physical and medical support during the crisis as well as support for their mental wellbeing.

Amongst the other vulnerable groups in the region SCAD-Nirman has also supported two separate communities of snake catchers during the pandemic, helping with provisions of food and money throughout lockdown.

Similarly, 54 families in the weavers’ community, whose income had been seriously affected by lockdown, have been provided with masks, soap, herbal treatments, vegetables and other groceries to help them through this incredibly challenging time.

SCAD-Nirman’s work with people with disabilities has also continued throughout the crisis, with 455 people with disabilities being offered financial, physical and emotional support with SCAD also developing a telephone support line to help parents and carers continue with therapeutic and educational activities.

Throughout the pandemic, SCAD-Nirman has not forgotten about those destitute women who are surviving on the streets and living in makeshift accommodation. Again, this group is particularly vulnerable due to the poor conditions in which they live. SCAD has supported 472 women across Tirunelveli and Tuticorin in this condition.

SCAD-Nirman has also provided provisions to 88 migrant workers who are amongst the thousands who have been forced to return, on foot, to their home villages, as businesses in host states close and their ability to earn money and feed themselves, as well as their families at home has disappeared.

It is not only migrant workers who have been put at risk by the financial impact of Coronavirus but all those millions of Indian people who survive as day labourers – domestics, cleaners, taxi drivers, restaurant waiters and many, many more. SCAD-Nirman has tried to target the 69 most deserving cases amongst drivers, domestics, cleaners and security guards in and around Tirunelveli and Tuticorin.  

Frontline workers and the vital role they play in helping to support the most vulnerable and desperate have not been forgotten in SCAD’s response and almost 100 have been provided with protective safety equipment and provisions have been made available to them for their field-kitchens.

So what next?
SCAD-Nirman continues to battle the virus as best it can wherever the charity operates and going forward has identified a number of challenges that it feels it needs to face into to support and protect the most vulnerable in society.

The NGO will continue to support the Gypsy community and those affected by leprosy, given the devastating impact on their freedom of movement and income. SCAD is also looking at how best to support children in villages where schools have closed and vital access to much-needed education and life opportunities have been lost; children with disabilities who have lost physical and emotional support and therapeutic services; domestic workers who have been spurned by the families who employ them, as outsiders are no longer welcome in family homes; and all those who have lost their income and for whom there is no other source of support to help them survive.

Any support you feel able to provide would be gratefully received and will be put to immediate and good use to help all of the people SCAD-Nirman has been working with since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic and others who are desperate and who are yet to receive the assistance they so urgently need.

Thank You
The AidCamps Team

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SCAD Coronavirus Appeal




Target: £50,000.00

Raised: £7,224.00

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     "I have been helping local charities with donations & am happy to help my friends at SCAD too. This brings home to us more than ever that we are all in this together. "
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     "Delighted to help SCAD with their marvellous work in Tamil Nadu"
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Murray from Ongar (14/05/20)
     "We have it easy in comparison"
margaret from Harlow (16/05/20)
     "Wishing you all the best with your work at this difficult time "
Christine from 2 Palmeira Avenue. Hove (17/05/20)
     "Having worked for SCAD as a volunteer I am anxious for their welfare. "
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     "UK Friend of SCAD. I sent an earlier £100 donation, not listed here. Please advise "
Val from Hackney (01/10/20)
     "Good to remember some people are so much worse off than many of us here."
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