In the fight against Coronavirus – 19, we all have a role to play.
Health workers are treating those with symptoms. Sanitation workers, government officials, transport staff are ensuring that infrastructure is maintained so we have access to essential supplies.
What can you do to help during the lockdown?
The lockdown is needed to stop the spread of the disease. But it brings challenges for daily wage labourers, the poor, elderly, children on the streets, and many others who can’t afford to purchase rations in this time.
Rice, dal, water, soap, sanitizer and masks are the need of the hour. We have spoken with some NGOs and have a record of their requirements. Most importantly, they are keeping safety precautions in mind as they deliver the items.
One of our corporate partners, Quantum Mutual Fund, has committed to donating Rs 15 lakh to help the disadvantaged impacted by COVID-19 and the 21-day lockdown. Because of them, we will be able to send 1 month's wages to those who are out of work and economically vulnerable in the lockdown.
There's lots more to be done. There are families with senior citzens, differently abled members, cancer patients, pregnant women, migrant families and many other cases who need your help. Any donation from you will put food on their plates and deliver essentials like soap and sanitary pads to them at this urgent time.
For thousands who may not know whether any of their symptoms are of COVID-19, whether there will be a roof over their heads, where their next meal will come from, or whether they will have access to essentials....this can mean everything.
Based on NGO programs reviewed by our Research Analysts, we have listed the following donation options:
Apnalaya works with casual labourers in Shivaji Nagar, Mumbai. Their target beneficiaries earn less than Rs 6,000 a month, and bank transfers will enable them to keep their heads above water. In Mumbai the lockdown was in place since March 22nd. Work is scarce and finances are dry.
YUVA has identified 1,500 families most in need - those forced to beg for a living, carpenters, rag pickers, waste workers, housekeeping staff, those working in small establishments like roadside eateries. They will focus first on groups with especially vulnerable persons including senior citizens, differently-abled persons, women-headed households and children. Their initial efforts were with the homeless in Kurla, Sion, Dadar, Jogeshwari and other parts of Mumbai.
SWASTI has developed a COVID-19 framework accessible to all stakeholders broadly covering food, medicine, finance and access to hospitals during the transport shutdown. They have presence in multiple states and tie-ups with 100 farmer producer organisations from whom they will procure dry rations for distribution to the disadvantaged. This has a dual advantage – it reduces the dependency on stock from local grocery stores and puts money into the hands of farmers who have also lost wages in this time. Additionally, they will be focusing on immunocompromised individuals, senior citizens, pregnant women, sex workers, differently abled and others at risk.
AfterTaste is a woman-run organisation operating in Ambojwadi, Mumbai. They train underprivileged unskilled women as artisans and employ them to create products for sale. They had to shut their manufacturing units as news of Coronavirus spread, and have no idea of when they will be back at work again. The women live in slum communities near AfterTaste's centres.
PLS has targeted families in Rajasthan dependent on a member earning daily wages of Rs 300. These families are hit hard as production has been shut down and work and earnings are not available.
Safety precautions: NGO staff in all cases are following government guidelines for prevention of transmission. This includes wearing masks, sanitizing their hands and preventing overcrowding. The NGOs work in co-operation with local or State authorities where applicable.
HelpYourNGO will not charge any fees for these donations. 100% of your contributions will be disbursed on a weekly basis to the NGOs based on the need.