Aide et Action’s distribution of relief to migrant worker families in Odisha in response to Covid-19

Bhubaneswar: Migrant population is one of the most vulnerable populations affected by Covid-19 pandemic. Majority of them are stranded either at their destination worksites or on their way due to restriction of movement imposed by the government. They are waiting for the lockdown to be lifted. And with no wage employment food insecurity is a major threat for their survival. Realising their plight the Migration information & Resource Centre of Aide et Action with the support of Bernard van Leer Foundation distributed dry ration and nutrition supplement for children of migrant workers in 9 brick kilns of greater Bhubaneswar covering Balianta block of Khurda and Kantapada block of Cuttack district. These distributions were made keeping in mind the migrant workers food habits. The dry ration includes Rice, Cooking oil, pulses, Soyabean chunks, roasted multigrain mix. Apart from this soap and mask as per the number of family members were also added to this. 550 families covering 1500 population out of which 632 were children got benefitted with the distribution. Prior to the distribution of dry ration 1700 cooked meals were also provided to the migrant workers.
Apart from relief distribution Aide et Action’s volunteers conducted awareness meetings among the migrant workers on use of masks, maintaining social distance, health & hygiene and taking special care for children and elderly.
It is mention worthy that Aide et Action has set up 20 child friendly spaces for migrant children in the form of Child Care and Learning Centres (CCLCs) for their uninterrupted learning and education during the period of seasonal migration.