Our Efforts in India
Emergency Food Kit Distribution in the
wake of the second COVID-19 wave.
“During COVID we lost our livelihood, income and employment... we found it very difficult to manage basic requirements such as food for the family..."
- Malleshamma (beneficiary)
We were all very familiar with the devastating escalation of the second wave of COVID-19 in India, earlier in the year. The pandemic spread drastically because of large populations, dense living areas and unreliable health care systems.
With the increasing impact of COVID-19 on communities in India we couldn’t stand by and watch the devastation unfold...SO in June we hosted our Comedy 4 COVID relief event. It was a night of laughs with acts from 4 hilarious comedians. With over 80 attendees who came with their generous hearts, we managed to raise over $4,000AUD for communities in India. Through our partnership with Good Neighbors India and the support of our generous donors we successfully provided timely emergency relief to those who needed it most.
Our efforts in India focused on delivering Food Kits to families to reduce some of the stress that the pandemic had caused. As many families lost employment, they struggled to find the means to feed their families.
A total of 680 food kits were delivered to children and their family members within Rayachoty and Tumkur. These communities were recommended for support as they are marginalised communities due to their caste.
Food kits included items such as: rice, toor dal, ragi, spices and cooking oil.
Along with delivering emergency relief, GN India, along with government police and health officials have provided these communities with the appropriate safety precautions to minimise the spread of the virus and keep the community safe and healthy.
Take a look at what some of the beneficiaries had to say
“Namaste!... My name is Malleshama. I have a family of 8 and we are daily wage workers and belong to a marginalised community of the society. During COVID, we lost our livelihood, income and employment… We found it very hard to manage basic requirements, such as food for the family…. After the second wave of COVID we were pushed into further difficult situations where even managing food for survival was a challenge and we were losing hope for our lives… That's when Good Neighbors (GN) stood with us and supported us with food kits… With a full heart we thank GN India and Australia.”
“Namaste!... My name is Shashidara, I am a sponsored child. My father is an unskilled labourer and during COVID, he lost his job. As a result, we had a very difficult time in maintaining enough food for the family... At this point of time, I would like to thank GN India and Australia for supporting us.”
“...We belong to daily wage workers who are unskilled and due to covid, I have lost my job and I am a single parent. Through GN I have benefited a lot. Even last year I was supported with sanitizers, masks and educational materials for my daughter. This time we have been supported with a food kit and this support is very useful to me, as we are very poor economically. We would like to thank GN Australia for all the support.”
Through our donors' timely support, we have helped to intervene and positively support the lives of children and their family members in these dark hours of life due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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