Covid-19 response
Through the extension of the lockdown the already poor became even poorer not being able to provide for their families anymore. While schools have been closed indefinitely, the risk of child labour and marriage is growing
This project implemented in 181 village panchayats in Gingee taluk aims to minimize the spread of covid-19while focusing on securing children’s rights and mobilising existing community groups. 
Covid-19 help
Partner in India
Center for coordination of voluntary work and research

CECOWOR was founded in 1987 and seeks to empower marginalised peoples like lower-castes, gypsies, tribal people and women by making them aware of their rights and of the importance of education as a key to long-term change. CECOWOR is situated a few hundred kilometres south of Chennai.

Project objectives
The project has two big objectives. The first one focuses on mobilising communities to change behaviour and thereby minimize the spread of Covid-19. At the same time children’s rights are secured with a particluar focus on education.
An overload of information characterized by rumours and myths leave the villagers confused about how to deal with the virus. Correct and simple information on how to minimise the spread of Covid-19 is needed to change behaviour without the villagers feeling that they are compromising their family’s health.
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Protect the children
Children are the hardest hit by the Corona-Crisis. When families fall deeper into poverty, the children are either sent to work or forced into marriage. While the schools are closed indefinitely, children have already missed more than 10 months of schooling, which increases the learning gap between the rich and poor. Therefore, another focus of this project is to keep parents and children motivated to continue schooling during the corona-crisis. 
“We cannot afford to stay home”
Saahi and her husband belongs to the Gypsy family. They have three children aged 7, 3 and 1 year(s). The husband is suffering from kidney failure. He cannot go out for work but has to visit the hospital every week to do dialysis. The mother had been feeding the family with a small income she made through street vending. The family did not have much to eat but they were able to survive on a daily basis. The unexpected lockdown became a serious challenge in their lives. Saahi was especially worried about her children and her sick husband. Instead of Corona she feared the hunger will kill her family.
“The general advice is to stay in the house and wash hands. But how can we afford just to sit at home waiting for the pandemic to be over? What answer do we have for our children if they ask for food?”