THE COVID CRISIS
COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in India since the first week of March.
On March 24, an unprecedent countrywide lockdown for three weeks was announced by the Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi fearing the devastating consequences of a massive outbreak in India, a nation riddled by challenges of population density, poverty and inadequate public healthcare delivery mechanisms.
While this is a much-needed move to prevent community transmission and insulate rural India, shutting down of all business activities is having a crippling effect on many marginalized and vulnerable communities living a hand to mouth existence.
The sudden announcement made just 4 hours prior to its enforcement left many of these communities grossly ill-equipped to survive the lockdown period.
COMMUNITIES NEEDING IMMEDIATE RELIEF AND ASSISTANCE
Nearly 5000 rural poor widows living in Bala Vikasa’s program areas, depending on unskilled daily wage work as agricultural labour, workers in local businesses and markets, etc., are out of work.
Children of young widows are back home from government welfare hostels due to the shutdown.
With more mouths to feed, no savings and no source of income, these widows are in severe distress and need immediate relief and assistance.
Nearly 10,000 poor migrant workers depending on daily wage work in construction, real estate, industry, etc., are facing the brunt of the lockdown.
With next to nothing in savings and no source of income for an uncertain period of time, many are unsure of where their next meal would come from.
With their ration cards linked to accounts in their villages, they dread not being able to access government provisions through PDS, pushing their families to hunger and starvation.
Provide groceries like oil, pulses, flour, chili powder, sugar, salt, onions, potatoes, toiletries, etc. along sanitizer bottles and medical masks sufficient for one month. All to their doorstep.
HOW YOU COULD HELP
A contribution of Rs. 2000 can help one family survive this lockdown with dignity and keep them safe from contracting the disease.
- 5000 families of rural poor widows
- 10000 families of poor migrant workers
Support as many families as you can!
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