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End hunger during COVID-19

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Crisis leads to purpose – Have you found yours today?

We are in the eye of the proverbial perfect storm, with COVID-19 sending consistent shock waves across all spheres of life. While the virus has been referred to as an equalizer of many sorts, it becomes clearer day by day that there are some, for whom it hurts greatly more than others. Pre-existing financial and social vulnerabilities are deepened in these times. The lockdown to contain the virus has caused major disturbances in day-to-day food supply which are being felt even at an individual level. Procurement, distribution, pricing – fluctuations in these related systems is deeply impacting low-income households. In a recent report by UNICEF, malnutrition alone accounted for 69% of the deaths of children under the age of five, in India.
You and I are typically grappling with facts and trying to do well for ourselves in the face of uncertainty, but a larger section is living their worst fears as you read this. COVID-19 deprives them of even dignity.

There is no better time than now, to come together, to act together.

Help Sight and Life (a not-for-profit) in our mission to alleviate the aftermath of the crisis for the ones who need your help, while also fighting the big fight. Help spread hope so they can cope.

Who are we helping and how?
Sight and Life is supporting its network of institutional partners, NGOs such as The Akshaya Patra Foundation, The Hungry Foal, The Breakfast Revolution to help provide nutritious food supplies to vulnerable sections of society across India. These sections comprise of the marginalized and low-income groups - children under 5 years, pregnant and lactating mothers, daily wage earners, migrant laborers, the most needy and the elderly. They need your help because:
  • They do not have the flexibility to work remotely
  • They do not have savings to stock up on food
  • They do not have ready access to essential service and products either
This initiative will also strengthen grassroots NGOs who don’t have a national presence but are involved in exemplary groundwork to fight COVID-19.

Our plan of action
Given that this will be a long haul, we will follow a phased donation campaign to best distribute relief efforts. There are 3 phases to our strategy. Phase One is already in the process of providing the following:
  • Monthly ration kits, to daily wage/ destitute families in Delhi
  • 15-day grocery kits, to migrant worker families in Bengaluru
  • Top up grocery kits, such as fortified foods with essential vitamins and minerals to go beyond just filling stomachs 
Sight and Life team in India have volunteered to co-ordinate these relief efforts outside of office hours.

How will your donation be utilized in Phase One?
  • We need 20 lakh rupees to provide 1 lakh nutritious meals
  • 100% of your donation will be utilized in procurement and distribution of the food and top-up kits.
  • 80G tax exemption certificate will be issued for all donations
Every contribution, irrespective of the amount, counts. It is time for positive intention to translate into positive action.

About Sight and Life:
Sight and Life, a nutrition think tank, informs, supports, designs, and incubates evidence-based malnutrition solutions. We have 30 years’ experience in advancing the science of vitamins and minerals (micronutrients), advocacy for improved nutrition, incubating innovative ideas, and convening the best minds in the field of micronutrients and nutrition.

Happy to announce that Sight and Life is now in the favorable position to match the donations received. For every rupee donated, we will donate a rupee as well.

In case you wish to contribute from outside India, please use the following page: 
bit.ly/ENDHunger
or the account details below:
Account holder: Sight and Life Stiftung, Kaiseraugst
Account number: 2166778-02-1
IBAN: CH55 0483 5216 6778 0200 1
Type: Current
Bank: Credit Suisse SA
BIC/SWIFT: CRESCHZZ80A
Clearing number: 4835

Please add “COVID-19 INDIA FUND” in the remarks column so we can track the money.

If you are contributing from within India, use the details below. 
Ask for an update
7th May 2020
Dear Donors,  we have decided to extend the campaign duration. 
  1. There is a critical need to support additional beneficiaries and we've been able to partner with more NGOs who are working tirelessly to help deliver the impact. 
  2. Sight and Life has decided to match the total donation amount; we feel this decision may also influence prospective donors and wanted to extend the contribution window.
With best regards,
Sight and Life team.


Dear Donors,  we have decided to extend the campaign duration. 
  1. There is a critical need to support additional beneficiaries and we've been able to partner with more NGOs who are working tirelessly to help deliver the impact. 
  2. Sight and Life has decided to match the total donation amount; we feel this decision may also influence prospective donors and wanted to extend the contribution window.
With best regards,
Sight and Life team.


29th April 2020
Dear Donors,

Just a glimpse at what your donations are helping us achieve:
Sita Ben, (name changed) is one of the many women (informal) workers we reached out to, with essential food kits, as part of our campaign. She spoke to us about her difficulties, including the fact that her neighbors had left their children in her care and have been unable to return due to the lock down. She says, “Main toh soch mein padh gayi thi khud ke parivar ko sambhalna mushkil ho raha hai iss bimari ke chalte; padosan ke bachhon ko bhi kahan se khila paaungi? Ab iss ration se chalo kuchh samay aur guzaara toh ho hi jayega.” (I was unsure of how I would provide for my own children and was hence, worried about feeding my neighbor's children as well. This ration will help me cope with this crisis for some more time).

Thank you for stepping up! Every bit counts.

Sincerely,
The Sight and Life team
Dear Donors,

Just a glimpse at what your donations are helping us achieve:
Sita Ben, (name changed) is one of the many women (informal) workers we reached out to, with essential food kits, as part of our campaign. She spoke to us about her difficulties, including the fact that her neighbors had left their children in her care and have been unable to return due to the lock down. She says, “Main toh soch mein padh gayi thi khud ke parivar ko sambhalna mushkil ho raha hai iss bimari ke chalte; padosan ke bachhon ko bhi kahan se khila paaungi? Ab iss ration se chalo kuchh samay aur guzaara toh ho hi jayega.” (I was unsure of how I would provide for my own children and was hence, worried about feeding my neighbor's children as well. This ration will help me cope with this crisis for some more time).

Thank you for stepping up! Every bit counts.

Sincerely,
The Sight and Life team
17th April 2020
Dear Donors,It has been a week since we launched the campaign and we have made some progress! With the help of our grassroots NGO partners in Delhi and Bangalore, we have been able to achieve the following:

  • Provide monthly ration kits to 200 daily-wage families in Delhi
  • Provide 15-day grocery kits to 92 adults and 12 children belonging to migrant worker families in Bangalore
  • Provide top-up grocery kits with fortified staples to ensure that the nutritional needs of workers are met, beyond just filling stomachs

This has been greatly YOUR doing! Thank you for stepping up and doing good for those who need it, in this time.
To further our endeavour, please do share this message.
Every bit counts 😊

Sincerely,
Sight and Life team

Here are some photographs:


Dear Donors,It has been a week since we launched the campaign and we have made some progress! With the help of our grassroots NGO partners in Delhi and Bangalore, we have been able to achieve the following:

  • Provide monthly ration kits to 200 daily-wage families in Delhi
  • Provide 15-day grocery kits to 92 adults and 12 children belonging to migrant worker families in Bangalore
  • Provide top-up grocery kits with fortified staples to ensure that the nutritional needs of workers are met, beyond just filling stomachs

This has been greatly YOUR doing! Thank you for stepping up and doing good for those who need it, in this time.
To further our endeavour, please do share this message.
Every bit counts 😊

Sincerely,
Sight and Life team

Here are some photographs:


Rs.271,601 raised

Goal: Rs.2,000,000

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