Initiatives for Married Adolescent Girls’ Empowerment (IMAGE) is an innovative and integrated initiative to address the issues of Early Married Girls (EMGs) in Karnataka state of India. Funded by Terre des Hommes-Netherlands (TdH-NL), the project is being implemented by the consortium in 5 selected districts of Bagalkot, Belgaum, Bidar, Chamrajnagara and Chikkaballapur.

Bidar district is one of the worst-hit districts in North Karnataka by this COVID 19 pandemic. Because of this pandemic, Workers in the informal sector, particularly street vendors, construction workers, healthcare and gig economy workers are the most adversely impacted sections following the restrictions imposed to fight coronavirus.

In response to the COVID 19 crisis, Vidyanikethan has taken various steps for the humanitarian response.

  1. The Vidyanikethan Bidar team distributed dry rations like Cereals, pulses, oil, sugar etc for emergency relief to 190 vulnerable and marginalised families from 15 villages who are victims and survivors of Early Child Marriages.
  2. It has provided Hygiene Kits like Masks and Handwashing soaps for protection and hygiene to 190 Vulnerable families.
  3. It has conducted various meetings through Concall to build the capacity of field team members for protection and prevention measures on COVID 19.
  4. It has distributed IEC Materials on COVID 19 to make aware the Early Married Girls (EMGs), Survivors, Families and communities.
  5. It has engaged the EMGs and Survivors by conducting the Rangoli and Posters competition on COVID 19.

Now it is planning to build the capacity of EMGs and staff by online training through Zoom meeting App.

It has rolled out these relief measures from 7th May 2020 to 20th May 2020  by the field team members with the support of local leaders, PRI Members, grass-root levels government workers like ASHAs and AWWs and local CSOs.

Thanks to Terre des Hommes-Netherlands for their valuable support and Vidyanikethan Bidar Team for successful execution.