Last year, the 10to19 Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, through the ‘Lost in Lockdown’ report, studied the ways in which the lockdown and pandemic affected the various essential and developmental aspects of the lives and well-being of young people. This report explored themes of education, livelihoods, social isolation, mental health, exposure to violence, reproductive health and child marriage, as well as access to food and health services. The study surveyed 110+ non-profit organizations serving vulnerable adolescents across the country and served as a collation of their insights and experiences- and the accounts we heard only further validated that the pandemic has severely affected adolescents and young people.
We appreciate that each organization that we work with or have worked with is working intentionally and tirelessly in this time of adversity. We commend organizations for staying on the path of impact and still finding ways to support employees and communities and also take on relief work where needed. As the 10to19 Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, we find ourselves in a position to be able to bring together some of these campaigns and efforts, collate learnings from across stakeholders, and create spaces to convene partners to continue discussions and work on each of our visions and goals for the communities we serve. At a time when most of us are grappling to devise and deploy solutions to this crisis, we believe that coming together and learning from each other is critical and valuable.
In this spirit, we are sharing below some early movement and updates, which we hope are just the beginning of a longer, sustained series of collaborative and supportive efforts –
We hope this information was helpful, and please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or interest in any of the above. Take care and stay safe!