COVID-19 relief work extends to North Karnataka, Vijayapur (Bijapur)

COVID-19 relief work extends to North Karnataka, Vijayapur (Bijapur)

Manjunath Kannal is our Coordinator for the Long Term Volunteering (LTV) program and a facilitator for 100th Monkey. He works out of our regional office in Mysore. Following the nation-wide lockdown in March, Manjunath decided to return to his hometown in Bijapur (North Karnataka). The onset of COVID-19 pandemic was immediately followed by reports of migrant workers across India left stranded and enduring hardships with no job or money. Our Team believed that this was the time for us to…

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COVID-19 Awareness Sessions at Kundapur Market

COVID-19 Awareness Sessions at Kundapur Market

The Government of India had announced that Unlock 1.0 would start from June 8th. The lockdown has led to a lot of economic pressure forcing SMSE’s and business communities to resume activities and open their businesses to customers during easing of lockdown. On the other hand, there is a lot of uncertainty and fear among the general public and business communities. They are unsure about the outcomes of opening up their businesses that would expose their staff and customers. Lack…

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COVID Awareness Inauguration – Vijay Karnataka, 24th June 2020

COVID Awareness Inauguration – Vijay Karnataka, 24th June 2020

Since the COVID-19 lockdown has been lifted by the Government, enterprises have slowly started resuming operations. In anticipation of Unlock 1.0, FSL India developed a project called “Kundapur Market Covid Ready”. The objective of this initiative is to promote COVID-19 readiness among the general public and business enterprises in Kundapur market, by helping the business community, the customer and the public to take precautions and follow guidelines in a controlled environment.  The proposal was given a go ahead by the DC, Udupi district and the…

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Food Distribution at Kottige Kaval, Hunsur Taluk

Food Distribution at Kottige Kaval, Hunsur Taluk

The village of Kottigekaval is located in Hunsur Taluk, Mysore. This village falls under Govindanahalli Panchayat and comprises 95 families, who have been relocated from Nagarahole by the Government of India 70 years ago. The villagers live in basic conditions, with no hospital or post office in the vicinity, no proper sanitation, and toilets. Most of them are addicted to tobacco or paan (betelnut leaves) and alcohol, spending a large part of their earnings on cheap, local liquor. The total…

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COVID- 19 Awareness Session at Gopadi Roshnidhama – 7th June 2020, Udayavani

COVID- 19 Awareness Session at Gopadi Roshnidhama – 7th June 2020, Udayavani

The month of June witnessed our Team conducting COVID-19 Training and Awareness programs for local communities, as the Government eased regulations during Unlock 1.0. Besides distributing Hygiene kits and training community members on hand-washing techniques, we sensitised them about COVID-19, Prevention measures and Safe practices, managing Stigma and discrimination. Our initiative has been well received by community members and local Government officials. Here is a clip highlighting our work in the local Udayavani newspaper dated June 7th: FSL India, an…

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12000 kg Footwear on 200 m Beach Stretch: Times of India, Mangaluru – 13th June 2020

12000 kg Footwear on 200 m Beach Stretch: Times of India, Mangaluru – 13th June 2020

Concerned about the environmental impact of the rise in plastic waste at Kodi beach, a few like-minded people from Kundapura led by Bharat Bangera got together in 2018, to initiate the Clean Kundapura Project (CKP). Along with a group of local volunteers, CKP organizes regular beach cleaning drives on weekends with the main objective of promoting awareness among visitors to keep our beaches clean. FSL India’s staff and volunteers joined hands with CKP in 2019 and together, we are doing our…

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COVID-19 Awareness, Prevention and Safety sessions for the Koraga community

COVID-19 Awareness, Prevention and Safety sessions for the Koraga community

On the 73rd day of the lockdown, India ranks no. 7 in the worst hit countries of the world, behind the U.S., Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy. As part of their planning for the reopening of India’s economy, the Government of India has emphasised the need for the adherence of the public to personal hygiene, thermal screening, masking and social distancing. Empowering our citizens with the right information to ensure that they take the necessary precautions is essential…

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Anticipating Unlock 1.0 – Awareness, Prevention and Safety Sessions at Maddugudde and BS Road

Anticipating Unlock 1.0 – Awareness, Prevention and Safety Sessions at Maddugudde and BS Road

Following the announcement of Unlock 1.0 from 8th June by the government, across the country, all religious centres and shopping malls prepared to open their doors to the public, after remaining closed for nearly 2 1/2 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anticipating a possible surge in infection rates due to the ease of regulations post Unlock 1.0, our Team felt that the need of the hour is to conduct training and awareness programs for local communities.  On 2nd June,…

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Safe Quarantine at Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Kundapur

Safe Quarantine at Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Kundapur

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of people who were exposed to the virus were forced to go into quarantine to contain its spread. To contribute towards the relief work during this difficult time, we decided to offer our CEL for travellers seeking a safe place to stay during their quarantine period. In the first week of May, our Centre hosted a group of 29 workers from Telengana, who returned to their home town, Kundapur. Their stay was a comfortable…

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Combating the spike in COVID-19 cases – Prevention and Awareness Sessions at Kelakeri and Madhyakeri

Combating the spike in COVID-19 cases – Prevention and Awareness Sessions at Kelakeri and Madhyakeri

As India moves towards unlocking the nationwide lockdown that was imposed in March to contain COVID-19, there is a growing concern about the increasing number of cases since the relaxations announced by the Government came into effect on 1st June. Karnataka too has seen a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last few days, with 388 cases testing positive on 3rd June, the highest in a single day. Udupi district in particular reported 150 cases alone, bringing…

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