Empowering Marginalized Communities During a Pandemic with Shiv Kumar

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The pandemic severely affected people globally, but those that are in the marginalized community are weighing more than just the burden of the virus. The world has focused statistically on developing and rich countries, not realizing how it affected marginalized communities.

People in the marginalized community often experience exclusion and prejudice that resulted in long-term negating effects. These people are those that are migrants, members of the LGBTQ community, daily laborers, sex workers, and many more— these communities should be considered as the central focus during these times.

Shiv Kumar joins us in this episode of Impact Driven Conversations Podcast, as he talks about how the pandemic affected those in a marginalized community and how the predicament should be addressed, and how he and his organization helped in battling the crisis in India. He also discussed social entrepreneurship, impact canvas, and the certainty about the challenges faced by both the system and those responsible for handling the pandemic.

You’re about to hear a very special podcast that may help you open your hearts to help those who are marginalized that are greatly affected by this pandemic. This podcast will also show you the importance of empathy and kindness in times like this. So, sit back and listen to Karthi and Shiv’s heart-warming discussion on this global crisis.

Shiv’s System for India's current situation

When asked about their response to the pandemic, Shiv said that the COVID response surely requires certain things to happen such as giving vaccines and providing medical instruments ( oxygen cylinders, beds, flow meters). He also stated that India is in a heightened emergency which means more numbers of infected people are popping up.

Problems Shiv Encountered when Dealing with the Pandemic and How he Handled it:

According to Shiv, he encountered many problems during the crisis and 3 of these are:

  1. Viral infection looms in wave
  2. The underestimated struggle of vaccinating a country with 1.4 billion people
  3. People being hesitant or reluctant of getting vaccinated

Challenges Faced for Administrators and COVID-19 Responders

  1. Putting people in the center and what does it mean to focus on them
  2. Having an efficient system that caters to the most vulnerable in the community

To deal with it, he said that they should not focus on the problem but on the people who are in the middle of the crisis.

How Shiv Coordinates with a Social Justice-Centered Response:

Shiv shared his ways on how he coordinates with other responders especially those who focus on social justice. He stated that it is necessary to do this to allay their problems and vaccinate the highly vulnerable communities. To do this, he presented these 3 measures:

  1. Identify your vulnerable communities and their partners
  2. Understand their needs
  3. Develop high impact response

The Sex Workers Difficulties Amidst Pandemics

According to Shiv, sex workers are among the most vulnerable groups during the pandemic because they require physical interaction for their trade to function. Luckily, some communities are willing to respond and help them.

Can the Situation Grow More Worse in Marginalized Communities?

Shiv mentioned that the people who can gain the best response during this pandemic are those who have cell phones, those who can gain the attention of the masses. And these are things that the marginalized communities don't have access to. According to his observation, the people who receive assistance in hospitals are those who are in the primary and middle classes. The inequity of society will probably worsen this crisis.

The Importance of Kindness in Times Like This

It is during these trying times that kindness is least likely to be felt. However, the most vulnerable communities need the empathy, kindness, and assistance of others. If humanity prevails in the middle of this crisis, things will be easier and anything can be made possible.

The Transgender’s Community Amidst the Crisis

Shiv mentioned the success of the transgender society even before the pandemic. However, the community has a social structure that requires them to pay a certain amount. Some of them beg and offer services to pay for their contributions. To utilize this situation, Tarun created a project in which he wants to partner with the transgender community.

The Significance of Impact Canvas

Shiv also introduced Impact Canvas as a premeditated solution that may solve complex problems. He differentiated complicated and complex problems. He also discussed how to handle these problems. One way to solve these problems is through asking different perspectives about the problems and using impact canvas. By doing this, more solutions can be gathered and it may even help in utilizing the current crisis.

What Drives Shiv in Doing What He Does

Shiv elaborates on the things that motivate him in doing his works. He also brought to light his reasons for helping others, especially those on the peripheral edge of society.

Shiv’s Future Aspiration for COVID Action Collab

Shiv talks about his plans for his platform, Covid Action Collab. He tells his visions on how this collaboration can be beneficial in facing the current and future crises.

Shiv’s Call to Action

Shiv encourages people to join the COVID Action Collab to help vulnerable communities that are facing the pandemic. He inspires everybody to help others, especially the most vulnerable ones, in the middle of this pandemic.

Bio

A Social Investor, Shiv Kumar has 30 years of experience in solving

complex social problems, in India and internationally. A post-graduate in Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), he is the co-founder of the Catalyst Group of institutions, consisting of six organizations that further the health and wealth of the marginalized communities. He has incubated and supported over 200+ community organizations and social enterprises as well as failed adequately. He travels extensively in India and 30 other countries for work. He plays roles as required - Advisor, technical support provider, institution builder, mentor, team leader, facilitator, and coach. He is passionate about communities, collaboratives, institutions, human behavior, partnerships, technology, governance; in addition to being a foodie, techie, and cyclist. More about him on Linkedin.

Links

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shiv-kumar-a288141/

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