Journey of ELFA INTERNATIONAL in Pandemic Coronavirus times
In 2020 we were one of the first organisations to have PPE and Face Masks. Perhaps at the end of February cases had started to come in Delhi as I was there for receiving International Noble Citizen Award. I told my team in Kashmir that we need to make facemask and initially they laughed on me but as journey went we distributed face masks, sanitisers and PPEs, Sanitary Napkins and medicines. We also arranged the food ration kits and monetary assistance of poor family, says Mehran KhanMehran Khan is a renowned International Humanitarian Activist and a Development Practitioner; he has worked with different International organizations in different parts of the world and is the founder of ELFA INTERNATIONALHe talks with the News Kashmir about special services rendered by ELFA INTERNATIONAL, an internationally recognised Non-Profit Organization in tough times of pandemic CoronavirusELFA INTERNATIONAL Non-Profit Organization was one of the first organisations to respond during start of this pandemic Coronavirus in J&K.ELFA International in collaboration with Directorate of Samagra Shiksha J&K, Directorate of School Education, Kashmir and Directorate of School Education, Jammu implemented a Safe Schools project in 4 districts of Jammu & Kashmir from August to December 2020. In this project 45 model schools were developed, innovative foot operated hand washing stations, sanitary napkin dispensers & incinerators and IEC materials were installed & displayed in these school. A total of 18256 Children, 3131 Village Education Committee Members & Parents, 2511 teachers and 39 senior government officials were trained in the following topics,1. COVID-19 Infection Protection Control and SOPs2. Child Safety & Protection during COVID 19 & otherwise3. Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction 4. Menstrual Hygiene Management. We have also been on in area of providing Sanitary napkin and during COVID times we distributed sanitary napkin in different quarantine centers and also provided face masks and other things in quarantine. We are focusing on raising awareness about diverse forms of natural disasters especially to children and what should be our prompt.As you know second wave of COVID has been brutal we have been focussing on providing compact food kits to more than 500 families in KashmirELFA INTERNATIONAL is providing also key oxygen concentrators to needy on free use basis which are ten in numbers with us currently and we are trying to arrange number of oxygen concentrators.Our current assistance is focus on providing assistance to those who are unable to purchase medicine, provide oxygen support to needy ,provide food ration kits to scores of families . The main thrust of ELFA INTERNATIONAL is to be game changers for those who have lost their jobs due to pandemic and provide them a path to bounce back in these tough times.