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Apr 8, 2020

A ray of hope in a difficult time

Like much of the rest of the world during this difficult time, the team at Voice Trust is working from home, doing our best to keep our children entertained and our families fed -- and scrambling to meet the demands of a wholly unexpected catastrophe.  India is in complete lockdown, which means all transport has ground to a halt, leaving farmers with no way to deliver their crops to wholesalers or market them by the side of the road.  And, in any case, with all restaurants shuttered and families so stretched that fruit and vegetables have become a luxury item, demand for their products has evaporated.  And these farmers live even closer to the edge than many elsewhere, which means without an income they are in danger of starvation.

As you likely remember, GlobalGiving has been negotiating with the Indian government for over a year now, trying to find a way to disburse funds to Indian banks.  But although they are making some progress, a solution is not yet in sight.

But happily, Health & Education 4 All International, a charity based in the United States, has kindly agreed to act as our fiscal sponsor, meaning GlobalGiving can disburse your past donations to them and they will transmit the funds to us.  So we will soon be able to get to work distributing emergency food and supplies and cash grants to those most in need.  We will try to target those young farmers who are in danger of losing everything if they don't get help.   

Crops ready for harvest now are in danger of being left to rot in the field by farmers who often can't harvest them without migrant labor, even if they could find a way to sell them.  So we will also be exploring ways to purchase their produce directly in order to distribute it to families in need.

If you are able to further support our efforts, you can now donate to this project or to the new project we have launched to provide emergency COVID-19 relief, with the confidence that it will be put to good use immediately.

As always, thanks for your past support and for any future help you can offer.

Stay well -- stay safe -- stay home --

Janet Preethi

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Apr 8, 2020

An financial breakthough, just in the nick of time

As you likely remember, GlobalGiving has been negotiating with the Indian government for over a year now, trying to find a way to disburse funds to Indian banks.  But although they are making some progress, a solution is not yet in sight.

But happily, Health & Education 4 All International, a charity based in the United States, has kindly agreed to act as our fiscal sponsor, meaning GlobalGiving can disburse your past donations to them and they will transmit the funds to us.  We're eager to get started.

As a result of India's nationwide lockdown, the tree farmers of Tamil Nadu who were still struggling to reclaim the tree plantations that were destroyed by Cyclone Gaja have now seen the elimination of the day jobs that allowed them to eke out a living while waiting for the plantations to bear fruit again. Already living on the edge, COVID-19 is now threatening them with starvation.  But thanks to our new partnership, we will soon be able to get to work distributing emergency food and supplies and cash grants to those most in need.  These beleaguered tree farmers will be high on our list.

If you are able to further support our efforts, you can now donate to this project or to the new project we have launched to provide emergency COVID-19 relief, with the confidence that it will be put to good use immediately.

As always, thanks for your past support and for any future help you can offer.

Stay well -- stay safe -- stay home --

Janet Preethi

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Mar 11, 2020

20 more new Children have requested help

Wishing more activities in future
Wishing more activities in future

Greetings to our supporters and friends. 20 more Children have requested helps.Unfortunately we have no happy news to share with you about work to restore disabled children to a normal life, since we did not receive any new donations to pay for the therapies and equipment needed. In addition, GlobalGiving has run into a problem with its disbursement of funds in India, and has had to suspend payment to all its Indian partners until they can resolve the issue with the government. Because this has impacted many of our programs, we have little extra cash or staff time to spare.

Nonetheless, we have been able to continue, on a limited basis, our survey to identify other disabled children in need of help, and to provide information and assistance for applying for available government services. Although it may be a few months before we are able to receive disbursement of any new donations, giving now is still important, since it will let the children we are hoping to help, and their families, know that they have not been forgotten. Just $50 will buy a hearing aid for 10-year-old Leena that will allow her to do well in school and make new friends, and $100 will buy a wheelchair for Visuki, who has cerebal palsy and now must be carried everywhere. We are hopeful that whatever we receive in new donations will allow us to receive a microloan for purchase of the needed equipment, which we will be able to repay when the GlobalGiving disbursement is received. We appreciate so much your past support, and look forward to being able to send more positive news in our next report.

Warmly,

 
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