The imposition of the lockdown has not just been hard on us here in the United States but has severely impacted lives of millions of Indians especially the daily wage-earning workers, including laborers, domestic helpers, migrant workers, farmers and small business owners.
The complexity has been compounded by the sizable population as well as lack of infrastructure. As you may have read, millions are walking 100+ miles in 90-degree heat to get to their homes, facing twin traumas of hunger and disease. Despite government efforts and intervention, the need of the hour is for nonprofits to step up and work hand in hand with the local authorities to reach those millions of people who need support at this difficult time.
NGOs in India are at the forefront to fight for those who work each day to buy food for themselves and their families, and who have no home or live in areas without proper sanitation to combat the threat of this pandemic. We have partnered with some of our own nonprofit organizations (AVANI, SankalpTaru, Sharmik Bharti, Samavesh, to name a few) who are in desperate need of support. Our goal is to raise $50,000 by May 30th to help their efforts.
Here are some examples of relief efforts with our NGO partners:
· Providing 2000 meals per day in slum communities that have not received any food rations from the Central Government to date
· Helping farmers to store and protect their harvests until the markets are reopened. Also provide meals for approximately 300 families for the next month
· Whilst continuing their operations of planting trees “for the people, by the people” set up a community kitchen to prepare 2,000 meals in various states
· Meals for daily migrant workers who are trying to get home
You can donate one of many ways:
• Feed family of four for a month: $20.00
• Planting a fruit tree along with meals for a month: $25.00
• Helping farmer to store produce and provide food: $50.00
• General donation for relief efforts
Right now, it is an ideal opportunity to help these communities who are the backbone that empowers India to flourish. The full amount of your donation will go towards COVID19 Relief efforts. Help will go to poor people in need, regardless of caste, ethnicity, or religion.
Thank you in advance for your continued support. Please spread this message to your network as well to help relief efforts in our motherland. It is deeply appreciated.
You can also send a check to:
IDS c/o Jagjit Jain
525 Jackson Blvd
Oak Park, IL 60304
The lockdown and social distancing have put a strain on many in India. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases it is worrying to think about the far-reaching effects this will have on migrant workers, daily-wage earners, small business owners, and farmers that have been left without a livelihood. While many states have been increasing contact tracing and testing, the threat of community-spread cases in poor communities still looms.
IDS has committed to supporting a number of nonprofit organizations throughout India to combat hunger and other consequences of the disease.
We have also received direct checks totaling to about $15,000 from many of you towards our initiative.
To-date, with your support, we have partnered with our NGO organizations to:
· Purchase food for about 400 waste worker women in Kolhapur area at a cost of $18 per month for a family of five (Avani)
· Distribute food supply kits to migrant workers in the slum areas of Koala Bunder for 500 families for two weeks at a cost of $10 (PUKAR)
· Feed 200 farmers for a month and plant 2,000 trees in Rajasthan at a cost of $2 per tree and meal (Sankalp Taru)
· Provide approximately 1,100 destitute individuals with food supplies for one month at a cost of $10 per family in Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh (Samavesh)
· Provide grain storage for 100 farmers in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh so they can sell it when markets open up at a cost of $35 per farmer (Shramik Bharti)
· Fund 200 farmers’ paddy crops to allow them to generate income at a cost of $20 per farmer in Gujarat (Utthan)
· Provide food supplies for a month for 300 families in Jammu for approximately $13 per family (Borderless World Foundation)
· Support 300 healthcare workers in Gujarat by providing PPE and training as well as providing emotional support and clinical care to patients and screening 500-700 patients each day for COVID-19 (SEWA Rural)
· Provide food relief and supplies to 350 miners families at a cost of $12 per family in Rajasthan (Gravis)
· Provide basic food and healthcare services to 500 families, including telephone and SMS help for people who are having issues related to the lockdown and to provide financial opportunities, such as making masks in Uttar Pradesh (PPES)
Your donations have far-reaching impact across the country to help those that are most affected by the pandemic. We are extremely humbled by your support, and we thank you so much for your generosity!