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Support India's Fisher Families In This Lockdown

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What’s happening right now?

By now it’s clear that the country-wide lockdown in India has had disproportionate effects on our society. One such community, marginalized from the mainstream is the fisher community. Both fishermen and fish vendors (who are often women) depend on the daily income made from catching and selling fish to support their families. With low pre-lockdown sales and the lockdown preventing fishing during the peak fishing season, these communities are in urgent need of help. Migrant daily wage labourers from fisher communities, who have been working outside their home states as crew on boats, their dependent family members as well as small scale fishers, women fish vendors and daily wage labourers within these communities are the most adversely affected.

These individuals are facing a spectrum of issues.
  • loss of income
  • inability to support their families due to insufficient cash reserves,
  • minimal access to healthcare,
  • shortage of basic necessities like water and food
  • exclusion from many government relief schemes.
Many migrant fish workers have had to remain on fishing boats, quarantined, with minimal rations, no money and no permission to return home.

As the lockdown extends, it becomes imperative that we address the plight of India’s fishing community during these difficult times. These communities provided much needed food to local markets and their physical and mental health is key to their areas recovering quickly post the lockdown.

Who will we help and how?
 
  • Small scale fishers have been heavily hit by the country-wide lockdown, and are in need of food and health supplies.
  • We have identified fisher families across the states of Odisha and Tamil Nadu who have been left out of existing distribution systems due to various reasons such as lack of adequate documentation
  • 3,300 of these will receive a kit that contains food rations and health supplies (medicines, masks, soaps, sanitary products etc) for a month
  • The cost of each kit is approximately Rs.3000/-
  • Along with our NGO partners in these sites, we will ensure responsible distribution of these kits, while following social distancing norms

Who are we?

Dakshin Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable, non-governmental organisation committed to environmental preservation and social justice. Dakshin, since its inception has engaged with local and grassroots organizations and fisher unions to secure natural ecosystems and rights of communities along India’s coastline. Over the years, we have built strong ties and long-term working relationships with local organisations across our field sites, such as in Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

Given the current crises in these locations, Dakshin Foundation along with its long-term partner NGOs—United Artists Association (UAA) in Odisha and SNEHA in Tamil Nadu, has been assessing needs of community members during the lockdown.

Based on this assessment we have set a target of INR 1,00,00,000 /- for this first phase of crowdfunding, which will be used to procure and distribute the kits to 3300 of the fisher families identified through the surveys.  

As we continue to liaise with the fisher community, we appeal to YOU to support the most vulnerable of India’s 10 million fishers.

Note: COVID Advisory information, in English and other coastal languages is available on Dakshin's website.

If you have any questions or wish to donate directly to Dakshin, please contact anadya@dakshin.org
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4th July 2020
Thanks to your generosity, our partner NGO SNEHA , was able to conduct another round of relief work. Relief Kits were provided to 208 women fishworkers and their families from Nagapattinam District in Tamil Nadu.

We are extending our fundraiser by another week in a determined effort to provide relief to as many affected families as we can.

Do help us by sharing the fundraiser with your family and friends. On behalf of our partners and the families who are receiving aid, thanks again for your support!
Thanks to your generosity, our partner NGO SNEHA , was able to conduct another round of relief work. Relief Kits were provided to 208 women fishworkers and their families from Nagapattinam District in Tamil Nadu.

We are extending our fundraiser by another week in a determined effort to provide relief to as many affected families as we can.

Do help us by sharing the fundraiser with your family and friends. On behalf of our partners and the families who are receiving aid, thanks again for your support!
3rd June 2020




Thanks to your generosity, our partner NGO in Odisha, United Artists' Association (UAA) has been able to distribute relief kits to 400 affected fisher families in Ganjam, Odisha.

We are extending our fundraiser by another month. Even with covid-19 lockdown rules now relaxed, fishworkers from coastal communities desperately require our support and help. Field reports inform us that the series of lockdowns has pushed fisher households back into debt. Even if some families and individuals have resumed fishing, demand is low and incomes are insufficient to pay back these additional lockdown loans. The funds we raise will help ensure that fishers continue to feed their families and provide basic health to prepare for the uncertain weeks of this monsoon season.

By providing families with basic necessities through your support, we can reduce fishers' borrowings at least for food, and give them another shot at escaping greater indebtedness.

To see fisher families through this period of recovery, we aim to continue fundraising to support our partners in relief operations in Odisha and Tamil Nadu over the coming weeks.

We thank you for your continued support. Please do share this campaign in your networks and help us reach our goals.




Thanks to your generosity, our partner NGO in Odisha, United Artists' Association (UAA) has been able to distribute relief kits to 400 affected fisher families in Ganjam, Odisha.

We are extending our fundraiser by another month. Even with covid-19 lockdown rules now relaxed, fishworkers from coastal communities desperately require our support and help. Field reports inform us that the series of lockdowns has pushed fisher households back into debt. Even if some families and individuals have resumed fishing, demand is low and incomes are insufficient to pay back these additional lockdown loans. The funds we raise will help ensure that fishers continue to feed their families and provide basic health to prepare for the uncertain weeks of this monsoon season.

By providing families with basic necessities through your support, we can reduce fishers' borrowings at least for food, and give them another shot at escaping greater indebtedness.

To see fisher families through this period of recovery, we aim to continue fundraising to support our partners in relief operations in Odisha and Tamil Nadu over the coming weeks.

We thank you for your continued support. Please do share this campaign in your networks and help us reach our goals.
30th May 2020
Our partner NGOs on ground have been working relentlessly to ensure that relief kits reach affected fisher families.



In Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu, 16 families from North Vilunthamavadi, 99 families from Kameswaram  and 109 families from Vanavanmahadevi have been provided with sanitation and food supplies.  In Cuddalore, relief kits have been distributed to 220 families from Killai town.



As the lockdown has extended into the annual fishing monsoon ban for many states, Fish Workers now have to face the annual suspension of fishing without any cash reserves to fall back on.

We therefore aim to continue providing support to Fisher Families, even beyond the lockdown, as they will need time and resources to tide through the damages incurred during the lockdown and achieve some semblance of routine.

We thank you for your contribution and support.
Our partner NGOs on ground have been working relentlessly to ensure that relief kits reach affected fisher families.



In Nagapattinam district, Tamil Nadu, 16 families from North Vilunthamavadi, 99 families from Kameswaram  and 109 families from Vanavanmahadevi have been provided with sanitation and food supplies.  In Cuddalore, relief kits have been distributed to 220 families from Killai town.



As the lockdown has extended into the annual fishing monsoon ban for many states, Fish Workers now have to face the annual suspension of fishing without any cash reserves to fall back on.

We therefore aim to continue providing support to Fisher Families, even beyond the lockdown, as they will need time and resources to tide through the damages incurred during the lockdown and achieve some semblance of routine.

We thank you for your contribution and support.
Rs.2,034,762 raised

Goal: Rs.10,000,000

4 Days to go

Beneficiary: Dakshin Foundation info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Supporters (423)

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Anonymous donated Rs.10,000
GS
Gurpreet donated $100
A
Anonymous donated Rs.13,700

Thank you for all your hard work. This donation is from a bunch of people who would like to support your cause in whatever little way that they can.

SG
Siddharth donated Rs.5,100

Good initiative Chef Harsh

SI
SSI donated Rs.1,500

Thank you Dakshin Foundation for doing this good deed!

AM
Anita donated Rs.2,500