The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis engulfing India has raised deep concerns across the globe including the US. Having done a successful COVID Relief fund-raising campaign during the first wave of COVID-19 in 2020, India Development Service (IDS)is initiating another fund-raising campaign.
We all understand that this is the worst COVID crisis the world is witnessing.
While we are constantly evaluating the kind relief efforts that are needed at the grass-roots level to help the marginalized people that are likely getting neglected with the overwhelming crisis, below is our initial list that we are planning to provide to FCRA qualified NGO partners in India:
- 20 Oxygen concentrators at a cost of $600, delivered all the way to India (total cost of $12,000)
- 200 pulse oximeters at cost of $15, delivered all the way to India (total cost of $3,000)
- Food/ration kit for $21/month for a family of 4 – initially targeting 1200 families (total cost $25,200)
- One-month online classes for 20 village and waste pickers children during lock-down: Each classroom package setup includes one computer, internet access, electrical access, and a full-time teacher at a cost of $995/month. Initial targeting 10 classes for 200 children (total cost of $10,000)
We cannot carry out such a relief effort without your support and trust. Please kindly send your donations using one of the following methods:
Check: IDS, 525 Jackson Blvd., Oak Park, IL 60304 or
zelle: [email protected] or
Paypal/credit card: DONATE
If you wish to direct your donation specifically to any of the above relief efforts, please let us know.
Here is an excerpt from one of our NGO partners, AVANI in Maharashtra highlighting the ground realities:
“The waste pickers have totally lost their livelihood because their living conditions are hand to mouth. The police beat them if they attempt to collect waste plastic on the roads during the lockdown. Their houses are very small and most of them have no access to electricity. So, staying in the house the whole day in 95+ degree temperatures becomes very hard on them. More than the covid infection, the waste pickers are dying from hunger where even the children are more victims to these conditions.”