As the COVID situation keeps changing, we pivot to provide the most effective help. First we distributed emergency rations to thousands on the brink of starvation; next we provided supplies for farmers to create their own natural fertilizer, to increase the size of their harvest and to sell for extra income. Now that the second COVID wave has again left many without a source of income, we are giving cash grants to allow recipients to buy whatever they need to survive.
India has been reeling from its second wave of COVID 19. Although, thankfully, COVID cases have finally begun to decline, many businesses are still shuttered, leaving millions of farmers, daily wage workers, roadside vendors, sex workers, and small business owners without a source of income. Because malnourishment has become a dangerous problem, relief is needed as soon as possible.
Research had shown that simply giving cash grants to those in need is the best way to provide emergency relief. Because it doesn't require field distribution of emergency supplies, relief can be provided more quickly and the same amount of money goes a lot further. And (and this is what surprised us) because the recipients know best what they need to survive, they actually end up healthier than those who have been helped with emergency food rations.
Anything that will help struggling Tamils hang on a bit longer will have a huge impact. The deprivations of the past year have forced many women to have to send their kids to bed hungry. By avoiding malnutrition, a cash grant to a starving family will not only provide immediate relief but will allow the children to survive and grow up stronger. One of tomorrow's leaders may be one of the children your gift saves today.
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