The deadly second wave of Covid-19 has left India with a staggering (current at the time of writing this) total count of more than 19 million cases, and 218,524 deaths. One person is dying every 5 minutes — either from the virus, or more often, from the lack of availability of basic medical facilities like oxygen. The healthcare system seems to have collapsed almost completely — lack of basic facilities means that patients are being denied admission in hospitals, ICU patients are dying due to lack of oxygen supplies, supplies of essential medicines like Remdesivir and Tocilizumab are scarce, and illegal ‘black’ marketeers and hoarders are exploiting desperate civilians.
As the virus heartbreakingly engulfs India, there is a shortage of everything except civilian spirit and mutual support; but the country needs more — hospital beds, oxygen supplies, food, to list just the very basic needs. Morgues, — graveyards and crematoriums are overwhelmed; even the dead are without any dignity.
We, concerned students of LSE as part of the LSE SU South Asia Society, can only hope to solve these issues effectively. After doing a lot of ground-level research, we have therefore chosen the 5 following organisations — who are working at smaller, local levels to address different issues — to whom we will distribute the funds we are able to collect through this fundraising initiative. We have cross-checked each and every organisation to ensure that they are verified organisations genuinely involved in relief work.
We are in a race against time, and every donation counts! We need your support, so please contribute as generously as you would like to fight this catastrophe.
Khana Chahiye: is a citizen-led campaign based in Mumbai which is providing food to homeless and other vulnerable populations. (https://fundraisers.giveindia.org/fundraisers/khaanachahiye-mumbai-is-battling-hunger-along-with-covid-19-again)
Enrich Lives Foundation: is reaching out to the migrant laborers and daily wage earners in Mumbai to supply food and groceries. (https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/supporting-the-needy-through-COVID-19-crisis)
Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (TWEET) Foundation: India’s Transgender community is providing shelter, ration kit, and emergency support to trans persons across India. (https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-tweet-foundation?utm_source=whatsapp&utm_medium=fundraisers-title&mlp_referrer_id=3173755)
Right Walk Foundation (RWF): a Lucknow based NGO, is providing oxygen cylinders, oxygen concentrators, and medical kits to eleven districts of UP. (https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-arrange-oxygen-concentrators-in-delhi)
Hemkunt Foundation: is involved in relief activity of providing Oxygen to Covid-19 patients free in MP and Delhi NCR (https://hemkuntfoundation.com/corona-relief/)
Saptarshi Basak is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, he completed his undergrad in Political Science from Ashoka University, India.
Sahima Gupta is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree in International Social and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously, she completed her undergrad in Political Science from O.P. Jindal Global University, India.