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Shadhika Shadhika

Coronavirus Response & Updates

Whether we are in India or the U.S., we are all in this together.

We are in this together.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has shown all of us how interconnected we are and how small our big world has become. We are seeing how each of our individual actions impact each other– even if we are half a world away.

We want to share what is happening at Shadhika.

Here, we will collect the stories of our grantee partner sites and the young women of Shadhika as they navigate this crisis in their communities, along with relevant news and organization-wide updates.

Check back often to see the latest.


3/25/20: India’s 30-day “stay at home” order

Yesterday all residents in India were ordered to stay indoors for 30 days. While such drastic measures are needed to help stop the spread of COVID-19, for the young women supported by Shadhika, a move like this can have dire impacts. As most of their parents are bricklayers, cleaners, rickshaw pullers, street vendors, or garbage collectors, they rely on daily wages to feed their families. With no chance of income for the next three weeks, family food supplies will run short. In a culture where tradition often dictates that girls eat last, the prospect of malnutrition and hunger for our young leaders is a new threat. Shadhika is coordinating with our grantee partners to address this new crisis. Vikays Pandey for BBC News reports.

3/20/20: A message from Kim Burnett, CEO & President

The COVID-19 outbreak has shown all of us how interconnected we are and how small our big world has become. We are seeing how each of our individual actions impact each other– even if we are half a world away… Read more.