Entrepreneurs and Employees are helping meet the needs of their community during the COVID-19 pandemic

  
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Entrepreneurs from TCS’ BridgeIT program, plus employee volunteers from India and beyond, are meeting the needs of their own communities by providing access to essential services, supplies, and support.

In rural villages across India, communities lack access to even the most basic of digital resources, such as banking. During unprecedented events like the COVID-19 pandemic, this lack of access becomes even more of an obstacle – isolating entire communities.

Recognizing the significance of this problem, the entrepreneurs of BridgeIT, one of TCS' signature development programs, are working to helping bridge this digital divide with the support and encouragement of TCS.

 Entrepreneurs are ensuring communities have access to cash transfers made by the government under various support schemes. Through the tools and training provided by BridgeIT, these entrepreneurs are making transactions averaging INR 5 lakhs a day – supporting more than 60,000 villagers.Entrepreneurs have helped with transactions worth INR 2.19 crores until now. This service has benefitted close to 36,000 individuals.During the COVID-19 crisis, more than 20 of these entrepreneurs have partnered with primary healthcare services to provide access to emergency ambulance services for those in rural communities – and supported food donations, and the purchases of vegetables and groceries to those below the poverty-line in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengal.

Many of the female entrepreneurs of BridgeIT leveraged their skills in creating more than 6,500 masks for frontline and essential workers, made from old clothes. These were distributed to those who needed them the most in their village through a health-awareness drive which was run in coordination with local authorities in Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, and Karnataka.

Hundreds of TCS associates are also delivering grocery kits to vulnerable members of the population, helping address food security issues in multiple locations across India.

BridgeIT entrepreneurs are also helping provide access to government programs and entitlements that those impacts by COVID-19 are entitled to – making an average transactions worth INR 5 lakhs/day and are supported more than 60,000 villagers.

Entrepreneurs have helped with transactions worth INR 2.19 crores till now. This service has benefitted close to 36,000 individuals.

And it’s not just in India in which our employees have demonstrated their concern for their friends and neighbors.

On the other side of the world, employees and their children in Canada have been helping the emotional burden of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions by writing letters and drawing pictures for senior citizens in retirement or nursing homes – helping our elders combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.

While the challenges posed by COVID-19 vary from country to country, the reaction of TCS employees has been the same – the desire to reach out and give back to the communities in which they live and work.