India too has seen a complete lockdown enforced on March 24. While relaxations in some sectors are trickling forward after almost 2 months, most activities remain obstructed. Despite these measures, infections have continued to soar, and India has close to 15.3 lakh confirmed cases with over 35,000 deaths. The lockdown has come at a hefty price with the economy at a standstill threatening closures for small and medium enterprises, while employees at larger firms are witnessing lay-offs or salary cuts.
My initiative Saathi, Bridging-the-Gap has been working to support Hand in Hand Education Welfare Society in Moradabad for autistic children since 2019. Our activities include creating awareness about autism, while sensitizing the society towards autistic children, along with enabling autistic children to reveal their full potential through their unique abilities. With a nationwide lockdown, families of these children are challenges harsh times.
My fundraiser Saathi, in aid of Hand in Hand Education Welfare Society, is an attempt to offer financial assistance to the school as well as the children and families. Through these funds, the school can extend its support to the families during this period of uncertainty. Since education centres are likely to remain closed in the foreseeable future, extending support to these children and their families becomes even more crucial. Furthermore, the funding will also allow the school to sustain and restart its operations once the restrictions are lifted, ensuring that the children do not suffer grave consequences of the global pandemic.
As humanity faces the threat of the pandemic, communities, societies and nations are all seeing its impact in various segments of daily life and welfare. At times like these, let's extend our support to as many people as we can and unite to protect the ones that need it the most.