When the lockdown was imposed in India, travel became impossible and older people in remote villages were starved of money, food, medicine, and support. Social workers in the area, which took the brunt of India’s first wave of Covid-19, stepped in to create networks of local people to provide supplies and prevent isolation.
Sofia Khan was a scholastically sound student right from the start. She did most of her schooling in Kolkata and obtained both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the reputed Calcutta University. Sofia Khan topped the School Service commission exam with flying colors as the topper.
She currently teaches at a government school and educates the students in the subject of life science and Biology. Her academic achievements are far beyond an average student who would go on to seek a job and be content with life.
The world is inundated in chaos due to the pandemic and the situation in India is no different. A surprising amount of social work has surfaced to help the people of our country who are crippled financially and emotionally. Sofia Khan has devoted her life to social work and her approach to battle the pandemic is turning heads among the community.
She is helping people supporting for medical supplies and ration by arranging these via her NGO, Sufi Humanity Foundation. She also helped many Migrant laborers stuck in pandemics to send their native place with all safety gear.
Community members, postal workers, and police officers and to help them Sofia Khan joined the networks, delivering food and medicines, collecting pensions, and providing people with a new sense of belonging. Previously broken services for older people changed rapidly to a community-based approach. Sofia Khan is trying to maintain and build on this new foundation of community-wide care.
She created new systems helping and supporting homeless people to access foods; started helplines to address signs of increased domestic violence; gave online family counselling; ensured that leaders understood social hygiene; and countless other new initiatives that built and expanded relations.
None of this has been achieved without struggles and suffering. Covid-19 has put huge pressure on social workers and the people they work with, and solutions have been hard-won – sometimes in the face of rigid social services systems that are not friendly to innovation, Sofia Khan concludes.
But as 2020 nears its end, it’s also clear that she will consolidate what they have achieved in the face of an unprecedented global crisis. If there were ever a time to add us, it is now. Every contribution, however big or small, powers our humanity and sustains our future.