It took a lot of time and effort to make people understand. But it was a rewarding process; I knew that me providing this information to them made them safer.
This is a testimonial from Poonam Bai, DEF’s SoochnaPreneur from Alwar.
“When the news of the COVID-19 pandemic broke we had to suffer a lot because of all the fake news that came with it. Even when the vaccine was introduced people were so apprehensive about it. It was a huge challenge for me to persuade everyone to take the vaccine. Misinformation and fake news in my opinion turned out to be more dangerous than the pandemic itself multiple times. For the longest time people didn’t even believe that it was a disease; they would refuse to wear masks. Through youth groups, community meetings, announcements and door to door meetings I explained to people about the reality of the pandemic and the ways to fight it. It took a lot of time and effort to make people understand. But it was a rewarding process; I knew that me providing this information to them made them safer. Along with making the community aware about the ills of the pandemic and misinformation, I was also able to support myself at a time when most people were out of work.”