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Message (Chairperson)



Message (Chairperson)

The year 2020 was one more year of challenges and learnings for HELP Foundation. The severe economic situation in J&K was the result of the prolonged lockdown announced by the authorities to contain the spread of Covid -19 virus. The virus had originated in Wuhan China and soon engulfed the whole world. W.H.O soon moved in to declare it a pandemic and urged nations to follow the guidelines and SOPs, laid done. Apart from running regular programmes since last three decades, HELP Foundation has always responded to the emergency situations that arose from time to time. We responded to the natural disasters like earthquake in 2005, floods in 2014, situation in 2008, 2016 and 2019. In 2016, we supported pellet victims, by facilitating their eye surgeries by renowned specialists in Hyderabad to restore their lost vision apart from other activities. But however 2020 was the first time, when we were dealing with a pure medical emergency and Help Foundation bravely responded to the situation. As the whole of humanity was confronted with this new challenge, therefore the response too had to be different. The volunteers and staff at HELP Foundation had to learn and adapt quickly to devise the response for the situation. Precautions had to be taken while reaching the needy, so that we do not get infected or become carrers of the virus. It could have been costly to rest of the staff or a volunteer because of any carelessness. The organisation was already responding to the deteriorating economic situation of various communitiesin j& k, in the after math of abrogation of article 370, we were providing emergency food packets and other assistance. The groups that were supported included labourers, daily wagers, people working in transport business, small business owners, domestic helpers, etc. This was the second year when HELP Foundation had to confront two back to back emergencies. As the year progressed there was no let down in the situation. On one side, we were dealing with depleting resources and funds as every donor organisation was overwhelmed and on the other side the fatigue due to long emergency situation and erratic working hours was telling upon the volunteers as well as staff alike. Moreover, HELP Foundation had the task of carrying out the regular programmes and meeting the deadlines for outcomes so that the progress achieved over the years is not lost. We could not let down the beneficiaries, who looked towards us during difficult times of their lives and at the same time, we had to accommodate new beneficiaries, who had lost their jobs / small businesses and were already stressed since 2019. We learnt to have endurance and patience and kept our hope in GOD. We tried to remain mentally strong and physically fit, while remaining motivated in the adverse circumstances. At the end of the year we felt a sense of achievement and a feeling of satisfaction. We celebrated one more year of bringing smiles to the vulnerable women and children.





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