COVID-19 Emergency Food and Hygiene Support for Destitute Population in Khulna City Area

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing economic vulnerabilities, particularly for informal workers, in Khulna City, Bangladesh. With widespread job losses and income insecurity, many families faced extreme poverty and food insecurity. In response to this pressing issue, the project was initiated by the An Organization for Socio-Economic Development-AOSED, funded by Give2Asia. The project aimed to provide immediate relief to the most vulnerable families affected by the pandemic.

Through a comprehensive approach, the project identified and targeted 900 families in the most impoverished areas of Khulna City Corporation. Initial beneficiary finalization surveys were conducted to ensure assistance reached those in dire need. Food token distribution facilitated the organized provision of essential food items and hygiene kits, ensuring equitable access. Additionally, extensive COVID-19 awareness campaigns were conducted, disseminating crucial information on preventive measures and healthcare resources. This multi-faceted approach aimed not only to alleviate immediate food shortages but also to empower communities with knowledge to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The intervention of the project significantly impacted the lives of vulnerable populations in Khulna City. Approximately 4,300 individuals from 900 families received vital food and hygiene support, offering a lifeline during a period of heightened economic uncertainty. By addressing immediate needs and fostering community resilience, the project not only provided essential sustenance but also inspired collaboration among other NGOs and CSOs to extend support to the destitute population. In the face of the pandemic's relentless challenges, this project emerged as a beacon of hope, demonstrating the power of collective action in mitigating the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on the most marginalized communities.