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Easing woes: Unsung warriors who helped the poor during Covid-19 lockdown

A new report highlights the role played by non-profit organisations in mitigating the effects of Covid-19 despite facing financial and other constraints

NGOs | migrant workers | Lockdown

Aditi Phadnis  |  New Delhi 

Three-fourths of the non-profit organisations continue to be actively engaged in ongoing relief work, using their embeddedness in communities as a particular strength.

They are the unsung warriors, the silent workers, whose only mission is to restore dignity and self respect to India’s invisible people. They’re derisively called jholawallahs, but non-profit organisations (NPOs) have played a bigger role in mitigating the effects of the Covid-19 crisis than most people know or understand. The Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Ashoka University, is India’s first academic centre focused on enabling strategic and robust philanthropy for greater social impact. It has come out with a rigorously researched report on the NPOs based on interviews with 50 non-profit leaders on the operational and financial implications of Covid-19. The interviews were conducted through April and May this year to assess NPOs’ engagement in relief work, operational and financial status, and coping strategies during the pandemic.



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First Published: Sat, June 20 2020. 21:46 IST