Emergency COVID-19 Fundraiser for India | Milaap
Emergency COVID-19 Fundraiser for India
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    CoVID affected marginalized communities

    from Bengaluru, Karnataka

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This CoVID-19 Emergency fundraiser will support grassroots organizations that work with marginalized communities that are spread across India. Kindly consider donating and/or sharing this fundraiser to help save the lives of the neediest!

Background

“The deep divide between the rich and poor is proving as deadly as the virus,” said Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director of Oxfam International.

CoVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented, which in a span of a few months has crawled into almost every continent on the planet, infecting billions and proving fatal for millions of others. Though it looks like an equalizer on the face of it, when looked at closely, it is clearly evident that it has laid bare the stark social inequalities and divisions in society. 

1. Poverty: An Oxfam report, titled ‘The Inequality Virus’, illustrated that the pandemic hit the economy badly, causing millions of poor Indians to lose jobs, while the wealthiest billionaires in India were minting money to increase their wealth by 35%.

2. Health:  The recent heart-wrenching stories of inequitable access to a non-existent safety net, especially for the marginalized, is far from unexpected. “The spread of disease was swift among poor communities, often living in cramped areas with poor sanitation and using shared common facilities such as toilets and water points,” reports state. 

In this regard, it also found that only 6% of the poorest 20% households had access to non-shared sources of improved sanitation, compared to 93% of the top 20% households in India. In terms of caste, just 37.2% of SC households and 25.9% of ST households had access to non-shared sanitation facilities, compared to 65.7% for the general population.

3. Digital education:
 On the one hand, private education institutions experienced exponential growth yet, on the other, just 3% of the poorest 20% of Indian households had access to a computer and just 9% had access to the internet.

4. Gender:
The unemployment rate among women rose from an already high 15% before CoVID-19 to 18%. Of the women who retained their jobs, as many 83% were subjected to a cut in income according to a survey by the Institute of Social Studies Trust.

The pandemic also fueled domestic violence against women, with some reports showing an increase of 60%.  The LGBTQ+ community is one of the hardest hit because of trickled-down niche service-industry occupations and pre-existing medical conditions which makes them more vulnerable.

Thus, the marginalized communities in India have been pushed further into the fringes, depriving them of their many human rights regarding health, education, and employment.

Our Solution has been a strong advocate for the marginalized communities of the world, especially India. We have been supporting various grassroots organizations that work with the marginalized sections such as Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, women, migrants, and religious minorities. Due to the devastating consequences of the second wave of the CoVID-19 pandemic in India, several organizations are in dire need of our support, both monetary and moral. 

Following are organizations whose work we have vetted and would like to fundraise for in order to try to reduce the inequality gap in society by providing essential relief to the needy. These organizations are spread across India in several states and have a track record of serving the most disadvantaged. 

Kindly donate with an open heart and help us to reach our target!

RIGHTS, Kerala

RIGHTS is a Not-for-Profit Organization started by a few socially committed individuals during the year 2008. In its ten years of existence RIGHTS conducted/implemented a number of studies, projects, and interventions in the field of education, Disaster Risk Reduction, budgets, rights of the children, especially those who belong to disadvantaged communities. Evidence and findings of our studies and other engagements with communities throughout the state have been used by both the Government and PRI’s (Panchayat Raj Institutions/Local Governments) for their planning and implementation processes.

RIGHTS has been working in 4 project districts namely Trivandrum, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Idukki since 2018 in connection with the flood response. These districts have a high population of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. RIGHTS has been active in these districts for many years now for different projects, hence RIGHTS has well established organizational networks, contacts, staffing and volunteers in above said districts that give it a good edge to start off project activities. 

Their work during the first wave of COVID involved installing mini-handwashing stations in rural areas, and providing ration, cash transfer, medical aid and education kits to the deprived families they work with. In the second wave too, they are committed to continuing their exceptional work.

Tribal Health Initiative, Sittilingi, Tamil Nadu (http://www.tribalhealth.org/)

Tribal Health Initiative was started in 1992 by Dr. Regi George and Dr. Lalitha Regi. Today they have expanded into a team of over 70 highly trained people, working to improve the lives of the tribal communities living in the Sittilingi valley and surrounding hills through a variety of programmes in health care, community health, farming and craftwork.

In addition to carrying out general hospital functionalities such as deliveries, surgeries, etc. they have set out nearly 15 beds for special CoVID care. Patients avail all treatment for free, including CT scans, RT-PCR tests, food, medicines, etc. As the pandemic is spreading drastically even to the villages, along with medical care they are also spreading awareness through announcements in vehicles. Further, they have set up 4 dedicated helplines for tele-counselling and other CoVID-related emergencies. 

The fundraiser money would be mainly used for patient care and soon to start community kitchens for all isolated patients at their homes.  

Vishwa Jyoti Jansanchar Samiti (Vishwa Jyoti Communications), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh (http://www.vishwajyoticommu.org/)

VJC is a media center, disseminating good news to the lowest strata using indigenous and modern media. Currently VJC is involved in networking and  coordinating with genuine grass root social organizations, doing relief works and health support to the victims of CoVID-19. They have taken up the following works:
1. Designing, printing and distribution of a pamphlet containing home remedies, allopathic and homeo medicines, methods of oxygen boosting, CoVID-19 protocols, helpline numbers etc. 
2. Distribution of masks, sanitizers, eucalyptus oil for inhalation etc.
3. Providing nebulizers, oximeters etc. for those in need for a few days 
4. Sanitizing homes of people who have turned negative/healed after being positive
5. Providing free transport for those in need
6. Establishing 12  temporary health centres for people who have symptoms of CoVID.  These First Level Treatment Centres will start functioning latest by 17 May. 
7. Planning for supply of food provision (dry ration) to families of people who are affected by illness and to those who have lost their jobs, namely daily labourers.

Umeed Project, Delhi

'Umeed Project' is run by a Delhi based registered NGO, Project Umeed Welfare Foundation which has worked on the ground in Delhi since the first wave of Covid hit Delhi in early 2020. To date, Umeed Project has provided continuous food and Covid-19 essential relief to more than 8,00,000 people across 43 locations in Delhi, UP, Rajasthan and NCT with 4,50,000 cooked meals and dry ration & essentials kit to more than 43,000 families.
In the Covid crisis of March-April 2021, Umeed Project has addressed the severe shortage of ventilators.

Delhi has almost 10 lakh or 1 million Covid+ cases, but only 1168 ventilators.
There is only 1 Ventilator for 900 Covid+ people in New Delhi. Umeed Project pledges to supply ventilators to the hospitals every hour until they reach their target of 350. They have identified vendors of ventilators and government hospitals waiting for them. 

Indian and foreign citizens can also donate to Umeed Project here.

Basti Suraksha Manch and Paigam, Delhi

Basti Suraksha Manch works in 40 different slums across Delhi and is doing extensive relief work in partnership with PAIGAM (People’s Association in Grassroots Action and Movement). With a strong grassroots presence across Delhi, PAIGAM has distributed more than 10,000 ration kits, safety kits, and other essential supplies so far and continues to work proactively to fulfil the needs of the most disaffected during the lockdown period. 

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