COVID 19 posed a critical challenge more so for the marginalized Korku tribe community of Khandwa district in Madhya Pradesh. The hunger flayed and employment declined and so the income and the household food security. The most affected were the children below 06 years already facing the threat of malnutrition. Then the families in reverse migration as they lost employment at destinations.

It turned out to be a disaster that needed to be mitigated through genuine humanitarian relief. Spandan considered to respond with food & nutrition to severely malnourished children, high risk pregnant mothers and micro enterprises for teenage girls prone to migration and local employment. Hence a range of programs were conducted to help the families in need We are also planning to help teenage tribal girls and single women set up micro enterprise.

The initiative began in April 2020 has continued till date.



This initiative began right from the time the lockdown was clamped in March 2020. 5203 SAM & MAM children across 120 Korku tribe dominated villages in Khalwa (Khandwa district) and Khaknar Block (Burhanpur district) were outreached. The distribution was done with support of Anganwadi workers and the COVID 19 protocols were adhered to. The families were counselled to follow the protocol as well. As te supply chains remained disrupted and Anganwadis remained closed. The Month wise distribution was as follows:

Month/Year Children reached Type of support
April 2020 1000 Dry ration ( Rice/lentils/oil/soaps)
May 2020 1403 Dry ration
June 2020 1000 Dry ration
July 2020 100 Ready to cook khichdi mix
August 2020 100 Dry ration ( Lentils/ jaggery/peanuts/ Dalia/oil/sugar/biscuits/soaps)
November 2020 900 Dry ration ( Lentils/ jaggery/peanuts/ Dalia/oil/sugar/biscuits/soaps)
December 2020 700 Dry ration ( 3 Lentils/ jaggery/peanuts/ Dalia/oil/ /popped rice)
Total 5203

During June 100 families in reverse migration were supported with one month’s ration to help them cope with the lack of food as they returned from far off places with tremendous trouble during lock down.

The distribution took place in Anganwadis, open spaces to provide social distancing and at doorsteps for families. During each distribution session the Anganwadi workers and village leaders (Sarpanch et al) were presented and helped in distribution.


95 terminally ill and physically challenged patients were extended a special nutrition package that included; date palms and protein powder, eggs and sprouted grains in December 2002. One more round of support is scheduled in January- February 2021.


This initiative had two purpose: to provide immediate wage employment in the form of grains and essentials and develop neighborhood land and water assets. The payments in terms of food items was extended as an incentive to voluntary labor that people contributed. Range of land and water development works were accomplished and wage earners received the food with dignity and happiness of having developed assets that would prove to be a livelihood support for them.

Total of 2392 man days of work was voluntarily contributed by the community to develop 28 land and water resources.

Wage earners worked enthusiastically and could get incentive in terms of 2 kilograms of rice, quarter liter of oil and half kilograms of pulses on daily basis.

The developed structure will conserve water and increase the crop yield.

Month Nature of Work Villages covered Man-days
July 2020 Well Deepening Buti/Dhama/Ambada/UdiyapurRaiyyat/Develikalana/ Patalda/Ranhai, 518
Land Bunding Dhama/Buti 141
Farm trenches Badikheda (Khaknar) 96
River de-silting Awaliya Nagotar 128
December 2020 Water outlet Dabhia 221
Land Bunding Dabhia 103
Land Bunding Indrakheda 116
Land Bunding Buti 48
Land Bunding Devlkalan 65
Land Bunding Kotwariya Mal 100
Sack bag check dam Dabhia / Kotwariya mal/ Dagrkot / Khategaon/ mohniyadhana 423
Loose Boulder Check dams Khorda/Ambapat /MohniyaDhana 201
Pond Deepening MohniyaDhana 56
Gully Plug MohniyaDhana 26
Contour Trenches MohniyaDhana 150
TOTAL 2392


This supplementary but very essential support was extended to most food insecure families including ones with malnourished children, daily wage earners, ones compelled to seasonal migration, ones with single woman/ physically challenged as head of the household. The purpose was to help them access essential micronutrients and diversify their diets. 1377 were assisted through this program.

The support included provision of vegetable seeds like gourds, beans, tomatoes, spinach, chilly and brinjal and so on. 556 families in July 2020 and 821 families received seeds in October 2020.


956 Korku tribe farmers were helped to grow cultural crops like Kutki (small millet), Sawa (Indian Barnyard Millet), traditional paddy and oilseeds. This is supposed to reduce the food crisis at household level.


This program has focused on women and girls who had returned from migration and are prone to migration. The program helps such women with willingness to set up their nano enterprises and reestablish livelihood in the village itself. By now 52 such tribal women entrepreneurs have been supported. The enterprises include –motorcycle repairs, running grocery shops, vending artificial jewelry, selling Paanipoori, garment trading, poultry shop, selling Pooja articles, daily use plastic items, selling footwear, omelet shop an so on. The program has now focusing on skilling and re-skilling to have more ventures and more women coming forward to do it.


During COVID 19 pandemics free mask distribution was undertaken. In 120 villages across Khalwa and Khaknar blocks all the Anganwadi workers and helpers were provided with high quality masks. 600 masks were distributed.


To cope up with chilling cold 50 blankets were provided to most needy aged and destitute people at remote locations.

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