It seems so strange now to think back to the COVID pandemic and the disruption and devastation it caused worldwide. With the virus hopefully now contained we will no longer be taking donations for its project. We are so grateful to those from all corners of the world who stood with us as, without you there in our corner, the situation and death toll would have been much bleaker for the thousands we reached.
Thanks to you, we continued to offer our usual level of service whilst also reaching out to many of the 5 million living in our district, keeping starvation at bay and hope alive. We remember all those who lost their lives, including many of our friends and relatives but are heartened by the response by many like you who were moved by the stories being reported from India and took action to protect us.
While the pandemic may be over, we continue to deal with the aftermath. The shadow pandemic saw a significant rise in gender-based violence, while some women became widows children also became orphans. More babies were abandoned and relinquished for adoption while the adoption process was stalled. Children missed school and a 2022 survey found more than 80% of public schools reported 'stunted behavioural and socioeconomically development' in their students post-pandemic.
It will still take some time for the world and India to right itself and as you can see our work has never been more vital. I would appeal to you to consider supporting one of our other projects here on GlobalGiving which directly work with those hardest hit.
I can;t say it enough, thank you for everything it meant the world to us in an extremely challenging time for us all.
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