Support the most vulnerable and discriminated communities to survive this crisis.
As India enters a second wave of mass infections, the situation is again becoming desperate with the most vulnerable and marginalised people suffering most.
Latest data shows this second COVID-19 wave is spreading faster than before, with infection rates more than double than at the previous peak. Health facilities are overwhelmed and, this time, huge numbers of young people are also getting infected.
Like before, the pandemic continues to paralyze people’s lives in many states, leading to night curfews and partial or complete lockdowns. The threat of a prolonged national lockdown is looming for millions dependent on daily wages, creating panic among migrant workers. Thousands have already begun heading to their home states, with many certain to follow if the situation does not improve soon.
Our Immediate Emergency Response
Our first priority is to support those directly impacted by the crisis. This includes:
- Distributing emergency supplies, food kits and sanitation equipment
- Communicating accurate information on preventative healthcare, (including social distancing, use of PPE and sanitizers, and vaccinations) for vulnerable communities
- Working closely with local Governments to ensure emergency relief and welfare support reaches the most vulnerable
- Protecting women and girls vulnerable to increased risk of violence during lockdown
Rehabilitation Response: Rebuilding Education, Gender Equality and Livelihoods
- We will be providing additional educational support for children returning to school post-lockdown, with particular emphasis on preventing adolescent girls dropping out due to increased pressure on livelihoods.
- By providing support and counselling for women and girls from families disproportionately affected by the crisis, we will be ensuring as many women as possible are protected from violence and trafficking as a result of reduced family incomes. For these girls, ensuring their return to school is not just essential, it is life-saving.
- The loss of livelihoods and income with millions of men returning home will massively increase economic hardship for those already in poverty. By focusing on developing new livelihoods and improved conditions for daily wage labourers in marginalised communities, and helping them access welfare payments we will support them to achieve greater family security and improved opportunities for health and education.
Global Cooperation, Collective Vulnerability
The crisis is a global issue, and while the communities we work with may live in the margins, their health and well-being affects us all.
We will be doing everything we can to meet the increasing need in India and Nepal - but we need your help to respond. Please, support us by making a donation below so that we can make sure the most vulnerable families survive this crisis.