Keeping People Safe and Informed
Pratham has taken meaningful steps to ensure the safety of our employees and volunteers. In early March, job-related travel was suspended and in-person training sessions were postponed or held virtually. Students at our residential centers were sent home. And on March 17, 2020, all Pratham offices were closed. Most of our 6,500 full-time employees are now working remotely.
In addition to creating handouts and posters on COVID-19, Pratham has translated videos from the World Health Organization into nine regional languages (Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Odia, Assamese, Tamil and Telugu). These localized versions provide a reliable source of critical information regarding hygiene and preventative measures to communities where such knowledge is often lacking or inaccurate.
Content is disseminated to Pratham staff, who in turn share it with volunteers and the families we serve through a streamlined cascading communication system. Here, cousins Simran and Payal Devi in Kashmir demonstrate proper hand washing technique after watching one of our videos.