Category Archive : ACORN India

ACORN India on the BBC: How Dharavi Coped with Coronavirus

BBC featured an update on the pandemic in Dharavi, where public health programs and aid from organizations such as ACORN have helped decrease infections and deaths. As one of the most intensely packed places on earth, it is incredibly positive news to see that cases and deaths are down. Local leaders attribute this to local health workers who know the slum well and are able to go door to door, and aid from NGO’s and civil society.

“I would put this down to about 6,000 health workers combing every street, doing tests…since they know the slums, they are able to track all the cases,” says ACORN organizer Vinod Shetty. “It’s mainly been civil society and NGO’s which are responsible for the feeding of the whole of Dharavi and the kind of support that was given at the worst possible time. It was civil society, social network of organizations that rose to the occasion and kept the kitchens running.”

Listen to the full story on the BBC.

This Hyderabad singer has started a music revolution in Mumbai’s Dharavi slums. Here’s how

Written by Seema Rajpal June 23rd, 2020 from Edex Live

Hyderabad-based Gomathi Iyer is doing some unforgettable covers on Instagram and before the lockdown, was helping girls in one of the largest slums in the world, Dharavi in Mumbai learn to sing.

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How Asia’s biggest slum contained the coronavirus

Soutik Biswas June 23rd, 2020 from BBC News

In one of the world’s most congested shanty towns, social distancing is not a luxury people can afford. And density is a friend of the coronavirus.

Imagine more than 500,000 people spread over 2.5 grubby sq km, less than a square mile. That’s a population larger than Manchester living in an area smaller than Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

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Distribution of Food Rations in Dharavi

ACORN India Continues Food Distribution Services

ACORN India: Mumbai Leader Featured in Washington Post

Laxmi Kamble our  frontline field coordinator  for distributing food provisions during covid 19 featured in the Washington Post story on Dharavi.  In One of the World’s Largest Slums, the Fight Against Coronavirus has Turned into a Struggle to Survive.

ACORN India: Video of Food Relief Efforts

Business Daily – Coronavirus in Asia’s Biggest Slum

Business Daily – Coronavirus in Asia’s Biggest Slum

ACORN India: Dharmendra Kumar On CNN IBN

Residents Continue to Receive Meal Packets from ACORN India


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