The effects of the pandemic have been widespread and the rural community of in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, has not been spared. Many people in have lost their livelihoods, which has led to the loss of housing, food and access to education. To help, Ashi Garg (New Delhi) started volunteering with Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES), a non-profit based in her hometown of , that works for holistic rural development through social and economic empowerment of women and girls. “PPES provides free education, job opportunities, healthcare and livelihood enhancement for girls and women from the marginalized sections of society and enables them to break out of the cycle of poverty,” explained Ashi. “Due to the pandemic lockdown, the girls haven’t been able to go to school and many don’t have smartphones or tablets to participate in school online,” said Ashi. “To help PPES raise money to provide them with the technology they need to continue their education, as well as food, healthcare, employment and financial help for their families, I’ve been helping promote its donation efforts online through social media.” For her efforts, Ashi qualified as a super volunteer in 2020 for volunteering 100 or more hours last calendar year and earned a $500 grant for PPES.
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