Background of CSP new initiatives
Covid-19 and the accompanying lockdown has precipitated an economic crisis that is unprecedented and indefinite. The damage done to poorest of the poor will be long lasting. Their livelihood, their savings, indeed their entire security is wiped out.
The lost livelihoods are unlikely to return any time soon. Thousands may be driven to the brink of starvation. This is the largest strata of our society that needs help urgently from civil society to augment what a hard -pressed Government alone cannot possibly provide.
Without sustained private individual and organizational support from those who are more fortunately placed, Covid 19 could turn into a human catastrophe reminiscent of the Great Bengal Famine.
Calcutta Social Project’s response to the pandemic was to start three major initiatives to fight this crisis: