On 30 January 2020, Director-General WHO declared the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID 19) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Covid 19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation affecting the lives of people all over the world, which is causing several direct and indirect effects. In our small endeavour to combat this, KTfHD has created the COVID 19 RESOURCE NETWORK, with other likeminded NGOs, aiming to create a knowledge sharing platform. Through this network platform we want to facilitate mutual sharing of information and ideas, thus we can contribute to make the lives of the poorest, especially the children, more bearable in this testing times.

Looking at the need of the hour we have designed this web platform focusing on the following four categories:

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Information - Information and knowledge is the key to any endeavour and is also the background of all activities. It is important that we obtain facts from genuine sources and refrain from believing or spreading fake news/rumours. Thus, we have tried to bring most of the relevant information for this crisis period at one platform and share with the users/visitors.

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Source: WHO, 

Child care and wellbeing- Children are the future of our society and thus the central focus of our initiatives. Almost a major portion of children living under COVID-19 lockdowns are facing social restrictions and school closures as well as lack of outdoor play. Thus, they are dealing with feelings of anxiety, with many at risk of lasting psychological distress, including depression, which gives a feeling of isolation. Even as several countries gradually begin lifting their lockdowns, many schools remain closed-affecting almost 1.3 billion children and students worldwide (source-UNESCO) and strict social restrictions are likely to remain in place across the globe.

This leaves children and youth who are already at risk - such as those living in challenging home environments or children who are lacking social support or whose families are already facing poverty- especially the vulnerable. Feelings of helplessness, loneliness and fear of being socially excluded, stigmatised or separated from loved ones are common in this situation, while prolonged stress, boredom and social isolation, can lead to a higher number of mental health conditions in children, such as anxiety and even depression. Effect of school closure also resulting in a greater number of CHILD-LABOUR.

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Thus, engaging children in an effective way is an utmost look-out of this platform, looking after their well-being and protection with the care is our prime task. Therefore, we have tried to focus on some of the aspects of their development crucial in the present situation.

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Guiding parents/mother/other adults- In child safety-net parents/mother or direct caregiver has the crucial role. The proper role of the parent is to provide encouragement, support, and access to activities that enable the child to master key developmental tasks. A parent is their child's first teacher and should remain their best teacher throughout life. This is quite essential to understand the difficulties of parents during this lock-down period for giving appropriate attention to the child at home, between managing “work for home” (household work) and “work from home”(office work). Probably this is extra challenging for the mothers/parents who do not have proper income and food security. Keeping this understanding in mind, we have intended to gather some ideas in this platform which can assist the parents and other adults to take care of their children and to work towards their development in an appropriate way through our initiative.

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Capacity building through training and counseling programme- In order to run the lives in a smooth way in this crisis, some support is essential for us - be that building our capacity further or trying to calm down our distressed mind through counseling. Since we should maintain physical distance to avoid the spread of the virus, direct mode of capacity building is not possible at present and thus we have tried to provide a platform with various online and virtual supports for those who need them, through this initiative. A majority of them are temporary services aimed at helping those who are at need of support.

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The COVID 19 RESOURCE NETWORK current NGO partners are:

Kolkata Trust for Human Development 

ktfhd1@gmail.com

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