With Save the Children’s Covid relief distributions ongoing in Delhi, our team gets the opportunity to meet and celebrate the unsung heroes working tirelessly for the community.
Pawan Devi, an ASHA Worker, is one such hero. She has been touching lives and changing them for the better, be it in her own family or families within the community in Indra Kalyan Vihar – one of the five slums in South East Delhi where Save the Children implements its projects.
Her story begins with her moving to Delhi from Bihar after her marriage. While an early marriage paused her education briefly, she was determined to continue studying despite all odds. She completed her high school and senior secondary education. By doing so, she set an example for women in the community and in her own family.
A mother of five children, four daughters and a son, she has instilled the same resilience in her daughters and motivated them to pursue their education. Thanks to her efforts, her eldest daughter is a Charted Accountant, the second daughter is pursuing her training to join the Civil Defence, the youngest daughter is completing her Senior Secondary education, and her son is in class 10th.
Pawan Devi’s foray into the development sector began as a Community Health Volunteer. She was associated with Mobile Health Unity in 2010. Her commitment and dedication made her stand out and catch the attention of the donors when they visited the project area she was working in India.
Impressed with her work and the impact she is bringing in her community, she was invited to visit the conventions taking place in European countries. There she attended workshops where she shared her experience and the best practices that she followed with delegates from five other countries.
Pawan Devi emerged as huge source of inspiration and support for her community during the recent lockdown in second wave of the pandemic. Unlike many who feared catching the virus and stayed home, she never stopped reaching out to the community. She spread awareness about the good practices for Covid Management and Prevention and promoted the Government’s family planning services through counselling the target beneficiaries.
Donning a double mask at all times and adopting all Covid prevention protocols and despite the pandemic surging in Delhi, Pawan Devi was travelling with families and linking them to Health Centres. She motivated them to adopt family planning measures and get medical attention for other health issues that women and children were facing in these times. She even helped our teams with the COVID-19 distribution drives that Save the Children’s team have conducted in these lockdowns since the last year.
In his recent field visit, our CEO Sudarshan met Pawan and appreciated her resilience and excellent work to serve the community. While interacting with her, Sudarshan was amazed at the work she was doing and congratulated her for her dedication that is helping in bringing about positive changes in the slums of South-East Delhi.
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