COVID Relief Program
Helping India in its fight against COVID-19
"Our Resolve to Rise, together"
Our COVID Relief & Rehabilitation Work at Glance
Tech Mahindra Foundation has been extensively focused on implementing its COVID Relief and Rehabilitation Program intending to direct the support and initiatives towards the most vulnerable population segments in the swiftest possible time. Just when we thought the COVID pandemic was about to end, the second wave came upon us strongly. During the second wave the focus was shifted to providing support to the hospitals with critical medical infrastructure, medical supplies and most importantly, planning and executing training programs to upskill healthcare professionals and frontline workers.
COVID Rehabilitation Initiatives
The Foundation anticipated the lasting impact of this unprecedented crisis and focused on strengthening our programs through long-term sustainable interventions. We planted new seeds of hope with an eye on the building a resilient community through our following integrated rehabilitation initiatives:
In response to the global pandemic, a course titled Hospital Hygiene Assistants has been started with the Health Sector Skill Council to train youth as part of the SMART Academies for Healthcare. A total of 544 students have been trained.
To serve the surge in need of allied healthcare professionals, the enrolment was increased at our SMART Healthcare Academies and SMART Healthcare Centres. Till now, a total of 12,199 allied healthcare youth have been trained.
In order to strengthen the existing healthcare infrastructure with skilled manpower, we engaged in the upskilling of 2001 nurses under Simulation-based training on Ventilators for critical management of COVID-19 patients in partnership with Helping Hand Charitable Trust. Also, another project in partnership with Smiths Medical for the upskilling of 200 nurses and paramedics on Hemodynamic Monitoring is planned to improve their duty performance in ICU, CCU & Post-Operative Care Unit.
To support COVID warriors, we introduced Short-term Advanced COVID Training Modules in partnership with the APSSDC, Andhra Pradesh. Around 200 students were trained under this initiative.
We engaged in capacity building of frontline workers including sanitization workers, social workers, and anganwadi workers through our COVID Swayam Suraksha Training, enabling them to maintain appropriate safety measures while providing relief work. Till now, 2299 frontline workers were trained in association with 48 NGOs and partners. We are inviting NGOs to become a part of the COVID Swayam Suraksha front-line training available in Hindi, English, Punjabi, Marathi, Kannada, Oriya, and Telugu.Register here.
In an initiative to continue learning, the training across our SMART program moved towards the ‘Blended Learning’ approach with online classes and practical skill training.
To bridge the digital divide, we donated 1000 Tablets, 351 laptops and 89 desktops along with internet connections to youth across our project locations ensuring that learning never stops.
In order to support students during the pandemic, scholarships were introduced across the SMART program.
As part of our Shikshaantar program, we worked towards increasing the capacity building of government school teachers as well as students towards mental health and well-being. We initiated the training of our teachers on mental health issues (in collaboration with Fortis School Mental Health program and Macmillan India) enabling them in identifying and evaluating psychological difficulties faced by children & ensuring their well-being during the pandemic. Till now, a total of 1230 teachers have been trained under this initiative.
Also, the Foundation is working towards building the capacity of government school teachers in digital literacy (in collaboration with Rotary India Literacy Mission), pedagogy and cybersecurity to creating happier and safer classrooms. A total of 3179 and 682 teachers have been trained through digital literacy and cybersecurity teacher training programs, respectively. Additionally, we are also organising Child Safety and Safeguarding training (in association with Our Voix) and have trained a total of 1498 teachers and 4978 students under this initiative of Shikshaantar.
We identified that there was a need to work towards mental health and well-being of persons affected with stress, anxiety, COVID distress, and youth seeking career guidance during the pandemic. Focusing on the same, we launched Mind@Ease™- an online platform in association with Tech Mahindra’s Makers Lab offering counselling services in these areas. A total of 2042 people (from age 18 years & above) reached out and benefitted through counselling services at this platform.
To create awareness and protect children from the risk of cybercrimes amid pandemic, we joined forces with WNS Cares Foundation (WCF) to raise the cyber safety quotient of over 24000 beneficiaries of our programs through WCF’s CyberSmart portal.
Our Tech Mahindra volunteers have devoted 14,080 hours to COVID Relief and ongoing volunteering drives. In certain instances, these volunteers have traveled over 700 km to extend their support to communities.
Touched lives through 572 COVID Relief Projects across 17 states in India
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"During the first wave when I was down with COVID, the Foundation stood by me and was a source of immense support."
Jamuna Singh was one of our brightest students at Tech Mahindra Foundation's SMART Reach India Trust Centre in Nabapally, Kolkata. On the completion of her Customer Relationship and Sales training, she landed a job at Spencer's Retail. In the first wave of the COVID pandemic, Jamuna tested positive and had to be hospitalised. It was during this time that the pandemic affected her emotionally and financially. With our resolve to Rise together, we reached out to her and supported her in various ways to overcome the situation. Today, Jamuna is back at Spencer's Retail and has recently bagged the Best Employee of the Month award. Kudos to this brave girl and we wish her good health and best wishes for her endeavours.
-Ms Jamuna Singh, our SMART alumna from Kolkata
“We can have food for the next few weeks and this is truly a relief for us"
He used to sell toys at Marina Beach for a living. The lockdown affected his livelihood and a financial crisis started looming towards him. Children's education and meeting daily needs were becoming difficult. We supported him at one of our COVID dry ration distribution drives held at his locality. We are happy to support Haribabu and his neighbours as we #ResolveToRise and help India in its fight against COVID.
- Haribabu from Mylapore, Tamil Nadu