INDIA IS BEING CRUSHED BY COVID-19... AND WE NEED YOU.
India’s second wave of COVID-19 is devastating families and communities throughout the country with record caseloads of more than 400,000 infections a day. Women, men and children are literally dying on the streets as the country struggles to fight off this deadly pandemic.
Families living in poverty are the hardest hit. For many, COVID-19 has had the same impact on them as a natural disaster or war. They have lost loved ones, and because of past lockdowns decimating their livelihoods, many don’t know how, or if, they will eat today – let alone keep themselves safe from infection.
Far more than a health pandemic, this is in fact a humanitarian crisis.
Opportunity is using our established program partners on the ground in India to offer urgent health-based responses and address the underlying issues of poverty in order to strengthen the most vulnerable families and communities.
Please, can you help families in desperate need survive COVID-19?
What we're doing
With your support, we can continue to reach families in poverty with crucial interventions, helping them survive this pandemic and rebuild into the future.
- Campaigns to prevent infection and tackle misinformation through SMS, WhatsApp, posters, voice messages and in-person meetings where possible
- Distributing food ration kits and medicine for those with mild symptoms or exposure to COVID-19
- Providing remote care through telemedicine (via helpline and mobile app) to manage COVID-19 cases and mental health
- Setting up basic care beds equipped with oxygen in partner branch offices to provide care for people with worsening COVID-19 symptoms
- Establishing a temporary ambulance service for critical cases to get to hospital
- Providing crucial small business loans to help families restart businesses, restore livelihoods and rebuild for a future beyond COVID-19
- Collaborating with local governments to organise and facilitate vaccination camps to expedite mass vaccinations
Sindhu, her husband Sikander and their five daughters are riding out COVID-19 in small, two-room home in a crowded area of Maharashtra – one of the worst COVID-19 hotspots in India. Maharashtra has had double the amount of COVID-19 cases in a single day than Australia has had total. With the family previously living on what their father Sikander could earn through his auto-rickshaw taxi business, past lockdowns meant there was no way to earn anything, and today, the family’s auto-rickshaw no longer works – it has sat idle for too long. With schools closed, the girls’ education has ground to a halt and for months, this family of seven has survived on 25kg of rice and a few other rations.
To make things worse, the family recently fell ill. Overcrowding meant they couldn’t be treated at the local government hospital, so Sindhu battled pneumonia at home.
If COVID-19 hits their household, they don't know how they will survive.
Please, this end of financial year, can you help families in desperate need survive COVID-19?
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