Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal stressors of life have become more than bearable for a few vulnerable populations, that can result in chronic stress. If this chronic stress goes unattended or unidentified, it can lead to long term mental health problems, thereby reducing the productivity of the community people.
Bong, Chibbo and Pudung are rural villages in Kalimpong, India. Most of the people inthese villages are economically disadvantaged with low education levels, which has led to a lack of awareness about various services that the government and private sectors are providing.
Joe FisherPostal Department Information and Awareness – India
When men speak, women do not speak. When men speak, women cannot enter the room. Women would not step out of the house. They would send a man to purchase things that they would require from the nearby market. They would shudder even to utter a word. And by chance if they do, they were remarked ‘PotheeBaasyo!’ often mocking her for the audacity to speak when men are speaking. Any women in rural villages of Nepal would relate to this remark. The very remark which is embedded deep in their body language hid discreet chuckles and concealed glances. This reality was the story of women from the villages of Kavre, Nepal, a decade ago.
Joe FisherSoap Making project In Kavre: When women connect, women become stronger – Nepal
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unemployment in some sectors here in Aklan, Philippines. Some local workers have lost their full-time and part-time jobs since private companies tend to lessen the number of employees to avoid further loss of profits. Self-employed individuals have also been affected since the number of consumers who need products and services has decreased. Loss of jobs will further lead to depression, hunger, sickness and more. Ten participants in our Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) participants and forty in our Adult Natural Science Learning Program (ANSLP) have suffered from unemployment and are beginning to suffer from hunger, so the GFF HELPS Philippines Team put forward the COVID-19 Help Project in May 2020 to eliminate the food scarcity experienced by these people.
Joe FisherSending some Packs of Love to the Needy – Phillipines
In DeoraliGaon, Bong Busty (A rural village 5kms from Kalimpong town), more than half of the village practices the cultivation of ginger atleastonce a year. They have been doing this agricultural practice ever since they started to cultivate crops. However, they are still practicing the traditional method that gives low yield and due tolack of knowledge about new techniques,they have not been able to improve this yield.
The “English for Village” concept was proposed by Dr. P.A. Kiriwandeniya, chairman of SANASA University Campus, Kegalle, with the intention of sharing English communication knowledge from undergraduate students to the rural community as a voluntary service. This was supported by the GFF Sri Lanka team, who saw it as a valuable opportunity for village children to learn English skills while also helping to develop the leadership skills of undergraduate students.
Just before the widespread of COVID-19 and community quarantine took place in the Province of Aklan, Philippines, the GFF HELPS Philippines Teammade sure to spread COVID-19 awareness to almost one hundred children ages 6-11 through our existing project, Reading Workshops.
Joe FisherCOVID-19 Awareness in Schools – Philippines
Emotional and Ecological learning is an interrelated subject which derives inspiration from nature, and works towards behavioral change through various processes of engagement, communication and activities. The teaching is based on introspection and reflecting on one’s own behaviour. GFF Nepal has initiated various activities to enhance these qualities in children.
Joe FisherEmotional and Ecological Intelligence Workshops – Nepal