Support My Choices Foundation as we continue to purchase and distribute staple foods and essential supplies to families in vulnerable communities in need and support victims of domestic violence during this lockdown with our counselling and legal support.
SUPPORT OUR COVID-19 OUTREACH
COVID-19 has created an uncertain future for the 140 million migrant workers and daily wage labourers in India, due to their limited access to staple foods and drinking water. Furthermore, with no income due to the nationwide lockdown, the impacted families are placed in an increasingly vulnerable state and are subject to hunger, malnutrition, starvation and exploitation, in addition to the pandemic.
From the end of March 2020, My Choices Foundation has been distributing the following items to people in rural communities: rice, pulses, mustard oil, wheat flour, potatoes, salt, sugar and soap. Through our NGO network, we are identifying people who have little to no access to essential goods and ensuring that these staple foods are distributed using safe social distancing practices in:
With your support, a donation of INR 2,000 or USD 25 will provide staple foods for one family for one month. My Choices Foundation is working to ensure that migrant workers and daily wage labourers from vulnerable communities are not suffering from hunger, malnutrition, starvation and exploitation – in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you witness a possible case of child trafficking, please call our helpline number 1800 419 8588 to report it.
END DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN LOCKDOWN
The National Commission for Women has reported a sharp increase in cases of domestic violence and rape and attempted rape from the final week of March 2020 onwards. While the lockdown is a necessary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it also means that women and children who are victims of domestic violence are now locked inside the house – with their abusers.
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While we closed our Support and Counselling Centres following the Governments directives in March 2020, our counselling and legal teams still worked to support victims of domestic violence during this unprecedented and stressful time using online platforms like WhatsApp, Zoom and telephone.
If you, or someone you know, requires counselling or legal assistance during this time, please call our helpline number 1800 212 9131, if it is unsafe to call leave us a message on WhatsApp 9333 40 4141and our teams will assist you.
As the states have started easing down the restrictions, we have opened our Support and Counselling Centers following all safety guidelines. If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, please know that you are NOT alone. We are here to help. Click here to find a counselling centre close to you to visit a counsellor today.
COVID-19 PROGRAMME UPDATE (APRIL – JUNE 2021)
The second wave of COVID-19 has had severe consequences in the form of spiralling cases, increased deaths and reduced supplies to essentials. It has created a grave crisis for women being trapped with their abusers. Rising cases and loss of life due to the pandemic has also caused a mental health crisis in the country.
Our focus during this difficult time is to continue to provide support to survivors of domestic violence and to reach out to affected families to help them through this difficult time by offering counselling services to address their anxiety and grief through telephone and online means. As the pandemic restricted field activities, we moved our operations online. We conducted webinars to create awareness about gender-based violence, mental health, toxic masculinity and much more. Specific WhatsApp groups were created to continuously engage with our beneficiaries and provide access to information about gender-based violence and necessary services.
Read more about how Operation PeaceMaker of My Choices Foundation supported survivors of domestic violence and continued creating awareness about gender-based violence among our beneficiaries.