I'm Sharanya, a high schooler who wants to make a difference in her city, and I am working with the South Asian AIDS Action Programme (SIAAP) to help raise funds for impoverished young women and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each one of us is having a hard time dealing with this situation, but these women are struggling in particular.
SIAAP works across Tamil Nadu with a number of underprivileged groups including adolescent girls and their families, people affected by HIV, sex workers, etc. These individuals are mainly daily wage earners and single parents from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds.
The pandemic and lockdown has gravely impacted their lives, and left them with no income to purchase even basic ration for their survival. Most of the women carry the sole responsibilities to take care of their children and elderly parents, and women who are HIV-positive are at greater risk due to the lack of nutritious food and essential medicines available to them.
To alleviate this situation, SIAAP is raising funds to support 300 young women and their families, with whom they are in direct contact with, towards the purchase of ration and medicines to sustain them for a minimum of 3 months. They estimate that Rs. 2,500 per month, per family, will cover these basic needs.
In this effort, I would deeply appreciate as much contribution as possible towards the cause. With your help, we hope to help these women and their families get through this pandemic safely, just as you envision for your own families.
To read more about the struggles that SIAAP aims to combat during the pandemic, click here.
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