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
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
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
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.
In case you wish to contribute from outside India, please use the following page:
Account holder: Sight and Life Stiftung, Kaiseraugst
Account number: 2166778-02-1
IBAN: CH55 0483 5216 6778 0200 1
Bank: Credit Suisse SA
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.