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Antara Fundraiser due to Cyclone Amphan and Covid-19

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ANTARA is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit, Secular, Voluntary and Apolitical Organization. For the past 49 years, it is engaged in extending treatment, care and rehabilitation to persons afflicted with mental illness, addiction and alcohol dependence. While Antara caters to people belonging to all strata of society, special emphasis is given on extending services to needy persons, especially the destitute, wandering, homeless, neglected and vulnerable persons. Antara was born in response to the inspiration from Mother Teresa of Kolkata.

Antara treated over 40,000 patients through various facilities in 2019. Along with Out-Patient, In-Patient and Community- based mental health services, Antara offers Community Awareness Generation Activities, School Mental Health Programs, Detection & Referral Camps, Orientation & Training Programs and Outreach Programs to bring about changes in the way people understand and react to mental health and mental illness. ANTARA has been extending mental health care services for the past 49 years and currently, they are taking care of about 250 mentally ill persons at our Hospital & Home at ANTARAGRAM.

Note : Cyclone Amphan and Covid-19 have severely strained Antara's finances. Wind Speeds of over 140 kmph were recorded near Antara's facility. Many trees and infrastructure in the 8 acre campus were damaged. Photos of the damages are visible above. Moreover, there has been a surge in the number of mental illness cases due to Covid-19.  The damages are estimated to be to the tune of Rs 50 Lakh with an immediate redevelopment cost of Rs 38,00,000.

“Bridging the Futures” is a magnificent student-led initiative led by Ms. Adya Sarda and Ms. Vartika Jain from Kolkata. They are supporting us in our mission of “Mental Health and Wellness for All”. They have a terrific record of engaging the youth of Kolkata in social work and raising funds.

Covid-19 has had a deep impact on the lives of most people worldwide due to increased tension and stress due to job losses, fear of contagion and the economic situation leading to a spurt in suicides, depression and marital discord. Especially those who belong to the vulnerable sections of society are more prone to be affected. These people do not have access to basic ration and other essentials like masks and sanitizers.

Imagine this situation and couple it with mental health issues! There are hundreds of individuals suffering from mental health issues, addiction and dependence whose rehabilitation and treatment at this vital juncture are of paramount importance. The situation has taken a turn for the worse.
One cannot even imagine the long term impact this pandemic will have if these mental health patients from less privileged backgrounds are not given adequate care. They are dealing with a lot of mental and emotional stress and the pandemic situation is adding to their anxiety. If a mentally ill person gets the virus, the impact will be horrific as it will be difficult to transfer them to quarantine centres where they will not get the care they need.
Antara is doing all that is possible to treat its patients during such times. We are finding it difficult in providing adequate support to these people, especially those who live in villages due to the recent double setbacks of the epidemic and the recent cyclone. A person under our care named Rakesh, walked all the way from Canning to Baruipur a distance of approximately 35 kms to collect his medicines.

The ongoing lockdown and quarantine has not only restricted Antara’s access to our outreach centres but also put a strain on our finances. To make things worse, Wind speeds of over 140 Kmph were recorded near Antara’s Hospital due to Cyclone Amphan causing extensive damage estimated to be over Rs 30 Lakhs (Agricultural + Infrastructural Damage) in our main campus.
This is where we need your help. We appeal to you to open your heartstrings and donate liberally to this cause and become partners with us in this noble endeavour With your generous donations we will be able to -

1 - Buy regular ration for 250 patients for the next 6 months
2 - Buy N-95 masks for patients and PPE kits and masks for the staff.
3 - Do essential damage repair to the campus so that normal activities there can restart
4 - Buying medicines for poor patients who can’t afford to buy their own.

We and our patients will be very grateful for your kind assistance.

Animesh Mitra, our Beneficiary :
"I was admitted to Antara after I attempted to commit suicide in May 2019. I was kept here for 4 months and my Doctor and Counselor joined forces to get me well. They brought back myself worth and gave me the confidence to stand on my own feet. I have realized that life is worth living, thanks to Antara and I am immensely grateful to them for all their support."

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19th September 2020
Dear Friends and Well Wishers of Antara !

It brings me great pleasure to thank each one of you who have contributed towards Antara during this crucial time of the Pandemic .

We are pleased to inform you that your contributions are being used for the well being of every Client who are admitted at Antara , especially the homeless and destitute . Their food and their medications are being take care and they are much safe at Antara from the pandemic . This could only be possible because of the love that you have shown towards them .

Cyclone Amphan too has damaged much of the infrastructure of Antara and are still under repairs .

Antara continues to face financial constraints due to the current situation and we as a Antara family are doing as much as we can .

Once again we would like to thank you for the love that you have shown generously and we hope that we get help further on for Antara .  

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Dear Friends and Well Wishers of Antara !

It brings me great pleasure to thank each one of you who have contributed towards Antara during this crucial time of the Pandemic .

We are pleased to inform you that your contributions are being used for the well being of every Client who are admitted at Antara , especially the homeless and destitute . Their food and their medications are being take care and they are much safe at Antara from the pandemic . This could only be possible because of the love that you have shown towards them .

Cyclone Amphan too has damaged much of the infrastructure of Antara and are still under repairs .

Antara continues to face financial constraints due to the current situation and we as a Antara family are doing as much as we can .

Once again we would like to thank you for the love that you have shown generously and we hope that we get help further on for Antara .  

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21st July 2020
We from Antara want to thank each one who have generously donated during the time of crisis . Your contribution towards Covid 19 crisis and Cyclone Amphan has been used for the repairs of the damaged area caused due to cyclone Amphan and food , medicine supplies for our In House patients . We , on behalf all the patients and the Antara Hospital Team wank to thank you once again for your support . 
We from Antara want to thank each one who have generously donated during the time of crisis . Your contribution towards Covid 19 crisis and Cyclone Amphan has been used for the repairs of the damaged area caused due to cyclone Amphan and food , medicine supplies for our In House patients . We , on behalf all the patients and the Antara Hospital Team wank to thank you once again for your support . 
2nd July 2020
Dear Supporters,

The whole Donation amount is being used for the In house patients of Antara Psychiatric Hospital  and for the devastation by Cyclone Amphan . Much of the donation has been used for the grocery to provide food for our patients who are admitted and for the homeless for which we have been running a home . The expenses was also used to purchase masks, sanitizers and medicines for the patients . Places in the premises that have been damaged are under repairs now especially the cafeteria which is initiated by our recovered patients and they run the whole cafeteria as a part of a Self Help Group and Rehabilitation Program . Currently most of our patients are being reached out with care and support but be still have a long to take care of their needs and we really want to thank each one of you who have contributed to this noble cause during this time of crisis . We are still not finished and we still need your support and prayers to be an instrument in each of their lives making a difference , Thank you and God Bless  

Thank you for your support

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Dear Supporters,

The whole Donation amount is being used for the In house patients of Antara Psychiatric Hospital  and for the devastation by Cyclone Amphan . Much of the donation has been used for the grocery to provide food for our patients who are admitted and for the homeless for which we have been running a home . The expenses was also used to purchase masks, sanitizers and medicines for the patients . Places in the premises that have been damaged are under repairs now especially the cafeteria which is initiated by our recovered patients and they run the whole cafeteria as a part of a Self Help Group and Rehabilitation Program . Currently most of our patients are being reached out with care and support but be still have a long to take care of their needs and we really want to thank each one of you who have contributed to this noble cause during this time of crisis . We are still not finished and we still need your support and prayers to be an instrument in each of their lives making a difference , Thank you and God Bless  

Thank you for your support

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Rs.243,567 raised

Goal: Rs.3,800,000

63 Days to go

Beneficiary: antaragram info_outline
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Anonymous donated Rs.100
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Anonymous donated $50
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Madhu donated Rs.2,100
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John donated $500