COVID-19 pandemic has engulfed the entire world. In India, about 400 million workers in the informal economy are at the risk of falling deeper into poverty during this crisis. Though the Government is taking commendable measures to reach out to the vulnerable families, the need is immense. Hence every helping hand needs to be deployed to support these families in this time of crisis.

To date, Habitat for Humanity has served over 6,00,000 individuals by providing them with hygiene kits, family essential kits, conditional cash transfers, behavior change communication, and setting up Habitat Care Centres. We have reached out to the migrant workers, commercial sex workers, daily wage earners, people living with disability, adivasis, and other vulnerable communities.

Our Pathways to Permanence strategy aims to place the families affected by the COVID-19 induced lockdown on a path to a durable housing and housing eco-system related solutions in a phase-wise manner. In phase 1, Habitat India is providing immediate relief to people. In phase 2, Habitat will create a safety-net for vulnerable and marginalized families required to transition out of the Covid-19 pandemic. In phase 3, Habitat will build housing and housing eco-system related solutions for families.

Habitat for Humanity India partnered with India’s premier television news channel NDTV India to broadcast a special episode titled Rebuilding India: Brick by Brick. Prominent panellists like Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Co-Founder and Managing Director – Hiranandani Group of Companies, Mr. Vijay Sethi, Chief Innovation Officer, Head of CSR, Chief of Human Resources, Hero Motocorp, Ms. Priyanka Kripalani Country Head, India CIPA S.A.S. (France) and Mr. Rajan Samuel, Managing Director, Habitat for Humanity India deliberated on Habitat India’s work during COVID-19 pandemic and the need to create a sustainable housing related solution for those impacted by COVID-19 pandemic. Smt. Rajashree Birla, Aditya Birla Group (Chairperson – Habitat India’s Advisory Committee and Council Member – Asia Pacific Development Council of Habitat International), Mr. John Abraham, Actor and Habitat India Ambassador and Mr. Ishaan Nangia, Youth Supporter, Habitat for Humanity India shared special messages in support of Habitat India’s work during the show.
The show was broadcast on 4th July 2020 at 7:30 pm (IST) and re-telecast on 5th July 2020 at 4:30 pm (IST) on NDTV 24x7. A repeat telecast was done on 11th  July 2020 at 8:30 pm (IST) and 12th  July 2020 at 8:30 am (IST) on NDTV Profit.

Panelists:

Niranjan Hiranandani
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Hiranandani Group of Companies
Vijay Sethi
Chief Innovation Officer, Head of CSR, Chief of Human Resources
Hero Motocorp
Priyanka Kripalani
Country Head, India
CIPA S.A.S. (France)
Rajan Samuel
Managing Director
Habitat for Humanity India