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2019-20 has been another remarkable financial year for REEDS. During the year, we were able to reach over a quarter million households spread across close to 6000 villages with various programs. We are thankful to all our stakeholders for their continued support in sustaining our rural empowerment efforts. Our 31st Annual Report provides you with the overview of our activities during the year.

At the fag-end of the financial year, COVID-19 has struck. From its first case that linked to a student at Wuhan University in China returned to Kerala on 31 January 2020, India currently has the third highest number of confirmed Corona cases in the world. The virus, one-thousandth the width of an eyelash, has unprecedently brought all the global economies to a standstill and India is no exception.
Pandemic has not lost interest in us yet. Six months after China notified the World Health Organisation about this new virus, COVID-19 has spread to almost every country around the world and killed more than 500,000 people so far! It is evolving rapidly. It took more than three months for global cases to reach a million; the last million came in less than a week!
Covid-19 is here for a while at least. The feeling of not being in control is certainly frustrating. At REEDS, we are learning to adapt. We are looking at the changes to be incorporated in our operational approach both in short and long terms. We will continue to adjust as needed. We consider, some of the innovative frameworks and methodologies leveraging digital technologies in our evolving projects are going to be of greater relevance in the changing scenario for their transformation agendas. We use the time and move resources to weather the storms ahead and take advantage of opportunities to acquire new capabilities in furthering our mission objective.
The road ahead is not easy, but we are hopeful that "This too shall pass". Stay safe, protect yourself and others.
Dr. Ravi K Reddy
Secretary, REEDS,

July 15, 2020
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