Mangaluru | For APD Foundation, it was humanitarian focus during pandemic year

Media Release
February 24, 2021

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Mangaluru, Feb 24: Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 pandemic, Year 2020 proved to be unique for Mangaluru based Anti Pollution Drive Foundation (APDF). While APDF reached out to hundreds of needy people with food and relief during Covid lockdown, the ongoing activity of building toilets for needy homes continued unabated. APDF, along with Hasiru Dala, attained success in its initiatives for providing welfare to waste pickers and bringing them into the mainstream of society. APDF-Hasiru Dala partnership also resulted in sustainable, result-oriented projects to provide long lasting solutions for healthy waste disposal. 

During the year, APDF launched a major initiative in advocacy and awareness by launching interactive online programmes to reach larger audiences. “Despite the dark mood of the times, 2020 will go down in history as the year that changed the world. As an environmental and social NGO, APD Foundation felt an instinctive need to respond to the crisis situation brought about by the pandemic in pragmatic ways and renew our commitment to society and the environment,” says Abdullah A. Rehman, Founder and CEO of APD Foundation.    

Covid Response

The Covid-19 global pandemic proved to be most challenging for all sectors of society. Infusing hope and responding proactively to the emerging situation was the need of the hour. APDF rose to the challenge and initiated a series of activities with increased humanitarian focus. In the month of April and May, Hasiru Dala and APDF set up a community kitchen and undertook a massive drive to distribute safety kits, medicines and food to about 200 migrant workers, homeless people and waste pickers every day in and around Mangalore.

After the lockdown was relaxed, PPE kits were distributed to 35 waste pickers to enable them to resume work and ensure their safety. APDF volunteers were constantly in touch with the affected communities throughout the six month period of lockdown and post lockdown to ensure their welfare. “This experience that we gained during the pandemic response gave us new perspectives to the human dimensions of our activities,” says Abdullah Rehman.

Toilet Construction Continues

Prathi Manege Souchalaya (PRMS) project continued during the pre-lockdown and post lockdown periods. Under this project we provided free toilets to the needy families who do not have their own toilet. This year two toilets (10th and 11th) were constructed for the benefit of families residing at Urwa Store and Ashok Nagar respectively. The youth of the locality helped in the construction of the toilets and Lions Club of Mangalore-Balmatta donated a part of the cost. Donation boxes were also placed at several public venues around Mangalore for fund generation for the project.

Solid Waste Management

The first Dry Waste Collection Centre (DWCC) was set up at Ullal as a model project in association with Ullal Nagara Sabha. Waste pickers were engaged in the collection of dry waste from bulk generators. It is proposed to establish similar DWCCs at other places in and around Mangalore. Initiative was also undertaken to commence working with Someshwara Panchayat about waste management.

Throughout the year Hasiru Dala and APDF undertook a survey to identify the hot spots for waste entering the water bodies. As a result of this survey, a campaign to prevent dumping of waste at Netravathi Bridge was formulated for launch in January 2021. A beach cleanup programme at Thota Bengre was undertaken on 26th of January with 120 volunteers from St. Aloysius College.

Policy Advocacy

Highlighting important issues and urgent needs as well as giving right feedback for policy formulation by the government plays an important role in democratic society. During the year APDF wrote an appeal to the Prime Minister to officially recognize healthcare workers who died on duty during Covid pandemic as ‘Covid Saviours’ and to give compensation and social security benefits to their families, similar to the practice of soldiers who sacrifice their lives for the country. 

APDF also responded to the Union Environment Ministry’s invitation to the public for giving feedback on the draft National Environmental Policy / Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). A detailed review of the draft policy was presented and numerous modifications and improvements were suggested. Articles based on a review of the policy were also released to the mass media to mould public opinion.  

Waste Pickers Welfare

Welfare of waste pickers continued to remain in focus throughout the year. Hasiru Dala and APDF undertook a survey to enumerate the number of waste pickers, sorters and scrap shops in and around Mangalore. Based on our initiative, Mangaluru City Corporation provided occupational Identity Cards to 156 waste pickers on Gandhi Jayanthi Day. This will pave the way for the waste pickers to gain mainstream recognition and a better future. Distribution of books and stationery was undertaken to support the education of waste pickers. Medical camp was held at Pachchanady. Monthly meetings were held for increasing their social security.

Adaptation to Online

With the world moving towards digital technology, APDF launched ‘APD Applied’, a unique talk show which is being hosted regularly on social media to promote sustainable living concepts and create awareness. A webinar was held with MCC to create awareness and discuss issues relating to waste management.

“We at APD Foundation are thankful to the numerous people who have supported us, especially the donors who contributed money and materials for Covid relief work. We are grateful to Hasiru Dala, a reputed Bangalore based NGO, for their continuous partnership with us, to Samvada, a youth-based NGO, who joined hands with us during COVID work and Lions Club of Mangalore-Balmatta who gave their support for Prathi Manege Souchalaya (PRMS) project,” said Abdullah A. Rehman.

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April 13,2021

Bengaluru, Apr 13: Amidst continued threats of covid-19, the government of Karnataka has issued special guidelines for Muslims during the month of Ramdan. As per the guidelines, masjids in containment zones to remain closed till the zone is denotified, large gathering continues to remain prohibited, face masks mandatory.

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April 1,2021

Bengaluru, Mar 1: As the state geared up to vaccinate everyone above 45 years of age from Thursday, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa and Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar appealed to the eligible people to make use of this protective cover against coronavirus.

Cautioning people not to underestimate the danger posed by Covid, Yediyurappa tweeted, "Our protective cover is the vaccine against corona. Everyone over the age of 45 can get the vaccine today. Go to your nearest vaccination centre and get the vaccine. Together we can defeat coronavirus."

Health Minister Sudhakar too tweeted, "As we begin vaccinating all citizens aged above 45 years from today, 5,500 vaccination sites will be operational across the state including 650 private and 4,850 government facilities."

According to him, 1.5 lakh doses of vaccine is supplied to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the civic body, which is distributed to about 600 sites across the state capital.

The Health Department said in a statement that Covid-19 vaccination will continue at all the primary health centres, community health centres, Taluk hospitals, district hospitals, medical colleges and private hospitals as already being done.

It added that Karnataka has in stock 13.5 lakh doses of Covishield vaccine and 1.5 lakh doses of Covaxin vaccine and it has been supplied to all the cold chain points across the districts as per their requirement.

The government of India has assured the state that additional vaccine doses will be supplied regularly in the coming days as per daily coverage, the department added.

The vaccination drive covering everyone above 45 years of age started at a time when there is an alarming rise in cases in Karnataka.

The state reported 4,225 fresh cases including 26 deaths on a single day on Wednesday.

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April 14,2021

Bengaluru, Apr 14: The government of Karnataka is likely to introduce at more stringent regulations to mitigate rising covid-19 cases in the state after April 18, hinted Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.

Speaking to reporters, the CM said the government will also consider extending night curfews to few more district centres if required. He said that the all-party meeting convened on April 18 will discuss all measures "except lockdown". 

In the wake of strict regulations imposed in Maharashtra, the Karnataka government will also discuss the measures initiated in the neighbouring states. "We will discuss with leaders from opposition parties and take steps considering their advice," Yediyurappa said. 

"There is no proposal for a weekend curfew. However, we will deliberate whether night curfew can be extended (to other parts of the state)," he said, adding that it could be extended to two or three district centres. Night curfew is currently in force at eight district centres of Karnataka, including Bengaluru Urban and Mysuru. 

Karnataka has reported over 25,000 Covid-19 cases in the last three days, as case numbers have surged in the second wave of the pandemic projected to peak in May. 

While Yediyurappa had spoken of imposing lockdown if required two days ago, he made a U-turn Tuesday, ruling out lockdown in the state.

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