How to Help India (Right Now)

May 4, 2021 | Giving Back, Social Equality

India needs our help. 

India is an inspiring leader in tolerance, diversity, spirituality, innovation and hard work, and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Now, it’s experiencing the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak to date, and the data is understated. A second unprecedented wave of COVID-19 in India is leaving the country overwhelmed. While many parts of the country face a shortage of medical supplies, there’s also restricted access to livelihoods and resources.

You can read updates on India’s situation here

The global community is rallying to help India push back, with countries around the world offering aid. And we can help, too. 

“It’s not just words. Action expresses priorities.”

– Mahatma Gandhi

Here’s a list of funds and organisations that are providing support to Indians in need all across the country. As an individual, these are the groups through which citizens can make a difference, however small.

Mission Oxygen

A major issue right now is the healthcare system doesn’t have enough oxygen, oxygen concentrators, and ventilators to treat patients. An initiative led by Delhi-based entrepreneurs and backed by Democracy People Foundation on Ketto, an Indian crowdfunding platform, to help raise funds for importing thousands of oxygen concentrators and donating them to hospitals.

Seva Kitchen

As state lockdown measures are being enforced, supply lines have closed, leaving many people in rural communities without food. Seva provides food for daily wage workers who are living under lockdown, who have lost their income and cannot afford to feed themselves or their families.They travel by van to rural communities and hospitals to provide meals and food supplies.

UNICEF

The global humanitarian organization is sending urgently-needed supplies and equipment to critical care centers in India, specifically, critical oxygen concentrators and diagnostic testing systems, hygiene supplies, and PPE kits for health care workers. 

Indian Red Cross Society

The Indian-based humanitarian organization is helping to provide medical and emotional support for those most at-risk of COVID-19 infection and is transporting vulnerable patients – including migrants, single women, mothers, and those with disabilities –  to medical facilities in hard-hit regions like New Delhi and Mumbai.

India Covid-Crypto Relief Fund

Set up within 24 hours by Sandeep Nailwal, the founder of the Ethereum scaling platform Polygon, their mission of this cryptocurrency fund is to “reduce suffering by providing healthcare and essentials to those fighting for survival against Covid.” They will help to get oxygen, food, and vaccines to those in need in India. 

Don’t have money to donate? No worries! Share this far and wide! We all give what we can, and help with awareness is easy and equally or more important than help with donations. Do both if you can.

Our hearts are with India now and always. 

Special thanks to Quartz, which we used as a source for a portion of this post.