You may not be surprised to learn that SevaChild has paused its Masks for the Poor – Coronavirus in India project in India due to the terrible coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. Our volunteers and partners are unable to travel to rural villages and urban areas for fear of spreading the virus or becoming sick with the virus themselves. We have also seen that one of the greatest needs of the poor during this time is their need for adequate food and nourishment. Therefore, we have decided to pause this Masks for Poor campaign and pivot our mission to providing badly needed food rations to poor families who can no longer work due to the pandemic and strict lockdowns throughout most of the country.
We do want to let you know that your donations did help design, manufacture and distribute 5,600 masks to doctors, nurses and other first responders in India. Your donations also made possible the production and distribution of thousands of leaflets instructing people how to make masks out of inexpensive, easily obtained materials. Translated into six Indian dialects, over 160,000 were handed out in the slums and rural villages of India.
If you would like to support our work providing food rations to poor families, we invite you to go to our Providing Food Rations to Starving Indian Families project. Your $20 donation will provide a month's worth of food to an Indian family of five.
Please consider becoming a monthly donor to help feed one (or more) family and help get them through the pandemic.
You will be giving them food and hope. There are no greater gifts you can give these families at this time.
Thank you very much for your donations that have made possible the distribution of 36,000 masks and 270,000 fliers on how to make do-it-yourself masks. These masks were given to doctors, nurses, and other first responders in New Delhi and three other major cities. The fliers were printed in four different dialects and were distributed in the crowded slums and rural villages of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra.
Your donations certainly saved lives and made a difference in the lives of many in these cities and rural villages.
SevaChild is now shifting its focus to providing food rations to hungry -- and at times starving -- families in New Delhi, Dehradun, and Hyderabad. The pandemic and lockdown have been especially hard on the poor who have no resources to stock up on food. Many have been prevented from working for over three months now.
Please look for our campaign to provide food rations to hungry families on the GlobalGiving platform in the near future.
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