COVID-19: Civil Society Alliance Support to Relief Efforts

The ‘COVID 19: Civil Society Alliance Support to Relief Efforts’ programme focuses on building community capabilities to address the immediate and medium-term effects of COVID-19 on health, well-being and livelihoods security of the rural poor; demonstrate a local government planning approach to address issues related to mass home-coming of migrant workers; and support school-going children to overcome academic challenges posed by closed schools/inaccessible online learning platforms.

The programme aims to build community capabilities to address the impacts of COVID-19, demonstrate a convergent planning approach to respond to challenges from mass-return of migrant workers, and provide supplementary education to students missing school.


38991 persons in 170 villages


Gajapati in Odisha




July 2020 to June 2021




Rapid Community Response to COVID-19 (RCRC)


  • Communications campaign  for raising awareness on COVID-19 response and care 
  • Identification, training and management of Community Resource Persons
  • Ensuring access to social entitlements for vulnerable  families
  • Establishing migrant support and resource centres, creating a skill database to enable future decision making 
  • Preparing village development visioning and perspective plans for six months at the gram panchayat and village-levels 
  • Supporting school going children with supplementary learning to overcome challenges posed by closed schools and inaccessible learning platforms


  • 30,048 individuals across 146 villages reached with awareness messages on  COVID-19, including mask wearing, handwashing, social distancing, , along with awareness on social  entitlements through schemes such as PMGKY, MBPY, MGNREGA, NFSA, etc.
  • 338 PRI functionaries including Sarpanchs, PEOs, ASHAs, AWWs, ANMs and Ward Members  were trained on effective  management of Covid-19, Counselling of distressed households and  development of GP level Contingency plan
  • Job cards of 46 Beneficiaries were updated who could avail the revised FRA benefits.  
  • Supported documentation work for putting in 286 Applications  to avail different pension schemes 
  • 1116 applications submitted for addition of new member in   PDS scheme
  • 479 applications submitted for acquiring new ration card
  • Facilitated processes for acquiring new Aadhar Card for 87 persons
  • Helped link Aadhar number to the bank account of 2443   persons for availing different benefits provided through  state and central Government schemes 
  • Total of 5078  families enrolled  in  different Schemes
  • Psycho-social support provided to the vulnerable persons (stressed, persons victimized with stigma and others in need) through Virtual Citizen Support Centre (CSC) of the RCRC partner
  • Supported school going children of Class IX and X with supplementary learning through 5 Learning Centres  in Rayagada and Gumma Block  who were mostly affected due to closure of schools. The classes were conducted by para teachers with the use of audio-visual mediums through Raspberry Pi and PICO projectors.
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