Providing for and protecting those who need our help the most
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused devastation across the globe. Besides the tragic toll on human life, economies have taken a huge hit. Since the start of the outbreak in March, job losses have mounted across sectors but the poor have been the worst affected and left to fend for themselves without work or food. Experts had claimed that the effect on daily wage workers and migrant labourers will be catastrophic and it is showing. They are desperately in need of cash in hand, ration or daily meals to sustain themselves. To help poor communities through this time, GiveIndia has set up a number of missions:
India is massively impacted and trying to cope with huge losses due to the extended lockdown. But those without work or savings are in dire circumstances and struggling for basic needs. This campaign is an emergency response to feed families of unemployed labourers. A minimum wage in cash, collected through donations, is being given to them to sustain themselves till the virus abates and they find employment again. These individuals, currently without a job or income source, have been duly verified by GiveIndia.
The number of people infected by the Coronavirus continues to rise and the death toll has also spiked. To contain the virus from spreading further basic hygiene standards need to be maintained. But millions of poor Indians don’t have access to items like soaps, sanitisers and masks. This mission provides hygiene kits to protect thousands of low-income families, abandoned elderlies, slum dwellers, poor cancer patients and many others in need.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits are critical in inhibiting the transmission of the Coronavirus among healthcare providers. It is estimated that India needs over 2 crore PPE kits. As the number of active cases has gone up rapidly, the shortage is severe. Each PPE kit is meant for single-use, and healthcare workers in close contact with patients need at least 2-3 such kits daily. Many hospitals in high-intensity states and rural India are running out of supply. The mission is to keep our heroes on the frontline – doctors, nurses, paramedics and other hospital staff – safe and prevent our healthcare services from getting paralyzed. The PPE kits include masks, surgical gloves, gowns, medical aprons, disposable goggles, hand washing liquid soap bottles, face-shield, etc.
Millions from marginalised groups across India are finding it difficult to arrange food for their families as they have no access to dry rations to sustain themselves. To save them from dying of hunger in these uncertain times, GiveIndia’s mission to Feed Hungry COVID lockdown-hit families aims to provide 5 lakh meals to the poorest of the poor. Each meal will be a wholesome one comprising staples like rice, daal, vegetables, and chapati.
This mission fundraises for the poor labourers to access food and rations during the COVID lockdown to sustain themselves and their families. It only takes ₹500 to give one family a week’s worth of basic food essentials. Through this mission, GiveIndia will provide ration kits to 70,000 families facing lockdown hunger. Each weekly ration kit contains daal, rice, salt, oil, atta, masala, tea, sugar etc.
In the time of a calamity of this magnitude, we urge you to donate to our Coronavirus fundraising missions and help with ongoing relief work.
GiveIndia is a 20-year-old NGO, registered under section 25 of the Companies Act. Our partner NGOs, who have the necessary permissions from the government to work on the ground during the lockdown, ensure that people who are in the greatest need receive at least minimal help – and this is made possible through online donations.
Samar is a Marketing Communications specialist and freelance writer. She has a master’s in marketing and creativity from ESCP Business School. She is an avid traveler and likes to write about technology, travel, wildlife and sustainability.