We are completely overwhelmed by grief and helplessness as our home country India is gasping to breathe, running out of oxygen supplies, medical facilities, and hospital beds. Every day we receive the news of loss. While we are spending the most trying time of our life staying a thousand miles away from home, many of us have decided to help the respective regions of the country we belong to.
Our small home town, Jalpaiguri, a green city situated on the bank of river Teesta, the northeastern part of India which saved itself during the first wave of the virus, this time gradually is facing the horror of the time. Jalpaiguri Covid hospital beds are full, Oxygen facilities are extremely limited, and mostly covid positive patients are in home isolation. There is a huge scarcity of Oxygen supply and every now and then the positive patients are falling into breathlessness. With ongoing lockdown, a local NGO "Green Jalpaiguri" from the town has come forward with a "Free Oxygen Supply Service " in a Toto Rickshaw ( Electric 3 wheeler Riskshaws) to help the patients have Oxygen in their home isolation. In this mobile Toto ambulance, there will be an oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter, and a trained nurse who will be 24*7 at the service.
While the idea of this service brings much solace, there is a solid money crunch to continue this project even for a month or so for this nonprofit organization. Buying and refilling Oxygen cylinder, arranging a pool of PPE kits for the volunteers , sanitizing the electric car frequently are contributing to the cost of 50,000-60,000 Rs (INR) monthly. Green Jalpaiguri is highly enthusiastic to continue the free service to save a hospital trip for the patients and looks forward to launching 5 Toto Rickshaws in near future with growing demands of the Oxygen supply due to the pandemic.
I would humbly request you to consider donating to this local nonprofit "Green Jalpaiguri" from my hometown and help in saving a life. This small town is underprivileged in many ways and now is suffering from a lack of facilities in this difficult time. While there’s a lot of uncertainty, we know that we need to adapt fast to our changing reality. Now, more than ever, our Jalpaiguri needs us. And we need you. Let's be with "Green Jalpaiguri" and Save a Life.