Our Response To Covid-19 in 2020

As the situation became worse, substantial efforts were made to control the spread of the novel coronavirus. The world's biggest lockdown shut down a majority of the factories and businesses, suspended flights, stopped trains and restricted the movement of vehicles and people. But for the majority of Indians, social distancing is a luxury they can’t afford.

Many faced hunger and starvation in the absence of daily wages that were disrupted as the world’s seventh-largest economy grinds to a halt.

Covid Kit Distribution

Our Initiative With - The Confederation Of Indian Industry (Cii)

Location - New Delhi

People with Disability are one of the most vulnerable groups in this lockdown. In collaboration with CII and the District Administration, our team reached out to NGOs supporting PwD shelter homes. We provided raw food items under the COVID-19 Relief and Rehabilitation.

Our Initiative With - The Associated Chambers Of Commerce And Industry Of India (Assocham)

Location - New Delhi

In collaboration with ASSOCHAM, we supported the Safdarjung Hospital, in arranging food and hospitality for healthcare staff, who were appointed for the care of COVID-19 patients.

  • Distribution of 1,000 boxes of lunch and dinner (April, 2020)
  • Distribution of grocery items to 30 PwD workers at MCL Pantnagar
Location - Maharashtra

Distribution of cooked food packets

  • Distribution of cooked food packets to under-served communities in the Khed block, Pune
  • Complete care and social distancing were being maintained while distribution
  • Around 19,139 packets were distributed till 10th August 2020
Location - Uttarakhand

Distribution of cooked food packets

  • Medical aids and other utilities like benches, partitions, medicine tables and footrests were provided in collaboration with Bajaj Auto Vendor Association to Jawahar Lal Nehru District Hospital, Rudrapur.
  • Testing Kits, Personal Protective Equipment, and Sanitizers were arranged for the medical professionals and the community
Location - Jammu (Sadhbhavana Project)
  • Ration and medical kits were distributed at Jammu villages- Mahore, Gool and Bagga
  • Total number of items sent- 1720 (for 300 people)

E - Learning In Pandemic

The entire nation came to halt during the pandemic. Learning and development is one phenomenon which is eternal and cannot come to halt. Our Aakarshan Skill Development programme started Online e- Certified courses so that there was no interruption in imparting knowledge and skills to the learners. The courses were going on at all our locations- Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand.

Mask Production

It is wisely said that prevention is better than cure. Following this rule for saving ourselves from COVID-19, we all wore masks. Supporting employment of the needy, we engaged former students of Aakarshan Skill Development Programme in mask production. This drill helped in the generation of income for our students during the lockdown. This initiative of mask production had taken place at different project locations namely, Haryana, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand.

Our Response To Covid-19 in 2021

The surge in COVID-19 cases in India had happened quite suddenly and had taken a lot of people by surprise. With such a sharp rise in new cases of COVID-19, the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were touted to be high-risk states that were already experiencing the effects of the Second Wave. Even as this sordid spectacle was unfolding, healthcare workers were working hard as they can despite the shortages.

Spark Minda Foundation, working along with its team, volunteers and well-wishers came forward to aid the Government’s disaster relief work across India.

Uttarakhand Ration Distribution Drive

Targeting leprosy-affected people this drive was organized by team SMF and team MCL Pantnagar. Ration kits were distributed to 45 people who were affected with leprosy and were unable to scout for food due to the lockdown. The ration kit included wheat flour, rice, pulses, spices and oil that can last for 2 months.

Maharashtra Ration Distribution Drive

Ration kits were distributed to PwDs who were told to stay back due to COVID-19 at MSIL and WHD. A total of 29 PwDs were identified and ration kits worth Rs. 1,000/- were provided to them.

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CII-YBLF (ACMA) 200 Bedded COVID-19 Care Center

Spark Minda Foundation extended its financial support to CII - YBLF (ACMA) in building the COVID-19 Care centre at Gurugram. This facility provides premium care and medical facilities to COVID-19 patients.

Plasma Donation Drive, Pune

During the second wave of COVID-19, Convalescent Plasma therapy was provided to COVID-19 patients for treatment. As the demand increased and the sources were limited. Spark Minda Foundation organized a Plasma donation drive at Khed in collaboration with a local group known as “Plasma Warriors”. The drive which started in mid-April had 280+ Plasma Donors and reached to more than 500 patients. The drive had to be put on hold as Convalescent plasma therapy is dropped from clinical management guidelines for COVID-19 patients,

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Arogya Health kit Distribution, Tamil Nadu

To suppress the rising COVID-19 Cases in Tamil Nadu, there was a need to reduce COVID-19 cases by boosting immunity and providing hygienic facilities to people at their doorsteps. To facilitate this need our team prepared COVID - 19 relief kit, which was supplied to the villages of Tamil Nadu. The kits included Masks, Sanitizer, Soap, and Kabasura Kudineer (Khada). Renowned community members, stakeholders, MCL and MSIL employees and various volunteers participated in the health kit distribution. With uniting efforts we managed to reach a total of 5,104 families.


Vaccination Drive

The second wave of COVID-19 had gripped the country and there was a need for all of us to unite in order to put the pandemic behind us. One of the contributions we can all make together in these trying times is to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible. In order to support the country, and fight the pandemic, Spark Minda Group launched COVID-19 vaccination drive for the employees. The CSR team was also in coordination with the local government to catalyze the vaccination drive for the community

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Vaccination for employees and community, Tamil Nadu

Spark Minda initiated its first vaccination drive at MCL and MSIL Chennai. The Vaccination drive which was in collaboration with the health department is a stepping stone for vaccination drives. Adhering to government guidelines the drive took place at 2 different locations - Vengadu and Pillaipakkam. At Vengadu village, 539 people got vaccinated and the other camp was set up at MCL Pillaipakkam that offered vaccination to 1136 employees.

Vaccination for PwDs, Uttarakhand

Spark Minda Foundation collaborated with the Social Welfare Department of Uttarakhand to prioritise the vaccination of People with disabilities who are dependent on others for the smooth functioning of their daily life. The drive was conducted at different blocks of Udham Singh Nagar consisting of Sitarganj, Kahtima, Rudrapur and Kashipur. Our CSR team assisted with the mobilization of PwDs, transport and logistics for the medical team along with food and refreshments for the entire drive. A total of 1150 people were covered under this drive.

Vaccination for PwDs, Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, our team, Spark Minda Foundation collaborated with Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation to provide free COVID-19 vaccination to People with Disabilities. This initiative helped the vulnerable sections of society with easy access to vaccination. The camp was organized at Ankushrao Landge Sabhagruh, Bhosari, Pune, where 850 PwDs were vaccinated.


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