Janyaa Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
As an as an active stakeholder of India’s educational ecosystem, Janyaa is committed to support the communities in which it works in the face of any unprecedented situations or calamities.
In the wake of the first wave of COVID-19 in India in April 2020, Janyaa adapted part of its core offline program to an online mode to ensure underprivileged children were not cut off from learning and continued to be academically engaged.
Janyaa Learn from Home (JLF)- Online Program 2020
Janyaa launched its Learn from Home-Online Program in April last year to help mitigate the STEM learning losses of children from marginalized backgrounds. As part of this program, online teacher trainings were conducted; Janyaa Lab in a Box (JLIB) curriculum- bridged science and math experiments were remotely taught to students using simple training (YouTube) videos; and online tutorials were held for polytechnic students.
Janyaa’s Learn from Home – Online Program saw an enrolment of 852 children across 65 schools in Telangana. Meanwhile, 1126 public school teachers received 52.6 hours of online teacher training on STEM experiential learning between April 2020 and March 2021.
Covid-19 Relief Campaign 2021: Janyaa Ayush Mitra Kits
This year, as India reeled under the devastating second Covid-wave, Janyaa stepped up its pandemic response to include relief efforts to support the needy and distressed. The Janyaa Covid-19 Relief Campaign 2021 carried out 3 donation drives in Telangana in collaboration with Hyderabad-based distribution partner YouthforSeva (YSF) and with the support of Janyaa’s community of well-wishers in India and abroad.
On July 15th and 16th, 100 Janyaa Ayush Mitra Grocery Kits containing essential dry ration were distributed to low-income families in Moosapet district in Hyderabad and Neredmet district in Secunderabad respectively. Janyaa Trustee Mr. Y. Sriram handed the Kits to the beneficiaries at the Neredmet drive.
On July 25th, 84 Grocery Kits were distributed to ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activists) workers and GHMC (Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation) workers in 4 Urban Primary Healthcare Centres in Shaikpet, Banjara Hills Basti, Chinthal Basti & Panjagutta districts of Hyderabad.
Plans are underway to distribute Janyaa Ayush Mitra Protection Kits for home quarantined Covid-impacted people in select districts of Andhra Pradesh. Comprising dry ration, essential medicines, oximeter and Covid-PPE like masks, sanitizers, disinfectants and face shields, the Kits will be distributed to Covid patients in collaboration with district government hospitals.
Covid-19 Children’s Awareness Campaign
Janyaa did not just stop at supporting the needy. As a NGO working with children, Janyaa was acutely aware of the psychological, social and mental impact of the pandemic on children subject to home confinement, school closures, and strict social distancing norms. The fear and uncertainty of this vulnerable population was compounded by widespread misinformation and disinformation on Covid-19. To urgently address this, Janyaa launched a multi-media, bi-lingual COVID-19 Children’s Awareness Campaign in May targeting high school children in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Campaign featured a 2-3 minutes educational video aimed to sensitize children on COVID-19, its causes, and practical ways to prevent contraction and transmission. Infographic posters in English and Telugu meanwhile informed children on coronavirus health and safety tips including wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing.
The Campaign sensitized 38,000 high school children across 798 public and private schools in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh on coronavirus- origin, causes, Covid-appropriate behaviours, and health & safety tips. The Janyaa team worked with a total of 2,395 Teachers across the two states to implement the Campaign.