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Rural Women Upliftment Society (RWUS) Fights Covid-19 - Churachandpur

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Rural Women Upliftment Society (RWUS) is a women organization with its office located in Churachandpur, Manipur. Since its inception in 1990, the organization primarily works for gender justice and development. It focuses on three major themes; women leadership, livelihood and food security and environment. Today, through the organization's active involvement in women collective and wide NGO network, the organization engagements are visible from grassroots to national and international forums.

Unfortunately, when the Corona Virus reached the country (India), development works got halted. Seeing the plight of poor communities, RWUS committed to contributing its best to fight the pandemic by mobilizing COVID-19 fund from various sources within the country and abroad. During lockdown 0.1 and lockdown 0.2, dry ration of 5-8 items were distributed to 700 poor families, widows and marginal farmers in Churachandpur district. The work of dry ration distribution was carried out in collaboration with village task forces. When the number of COVID-19 patients surged in the state, RWUS intervention largely shifted from dry ration to health and safety measures. RWUS joined the fight with the frontline workers such as doctors, nurses, ASHA workers, police, ambulance services, village task force, volunteers in Quarantine Centres, media house, etc.

During the month of June, 100- PPE kit, 2000 -hand sanitizer, 2000 hand-gloves, 5000 facemasks, 20 disinfectant sprayers were distributed to frontline workers. RWUS also assisted 43 community Quarantine Centres in the district, 100 Asha workers, Medical Department, Ambulance drivers and the police department in Churachandpur district by providing health and safety kits. From June end, RWUS multiplied its activities on awareness rising on COVID-19 and action-oriented campaign for following safety rules and online campaign to wear face masks.

RWUS is a team of young development workers. Some of its team members who are spearheading the fight against COVID-19 tirelessly day and night are Mary Beth Sanate, Chief Functionary, Hrilrohnem, Samuel Sakum (Manager), Benjamin ( B R Sanglien), Deborah Lalsiemtling, Melody Zairemmawi, Christopher, Daniel Lalringsan, Thangpui and Rama.

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