One of the greatest tragedies of Covid-19 is that it is decimating the most vulnerable. Nowhere in the world is this more of a reality than in lower-income nations that are being overwhelmed by the virus and have a much lower capacity to deal with the spread and the impact. Among the countries most affected right now are India and Nepal. We are fortunate to have such generous and loyal supporters who have stepped up to help the vulnerable in these countries.

We started with a modest goal of supporting 600 families in the slums of Mumbai, India with emergency food, healthcare support, and sadly, to help with the funeral costs for their loved ones who succumb to the virus. But Kiwis are such a generous lot, that we quickly exceeded the target we set. So, with the extra funds available, we extended our programme to support the health systems in India and our supporters were equal to the task.

Then the news came that Nepal was in trouble with an even higher daily infection rate than India. We knew we had to act quickly to help the desperate plight of people there. With the funds that are still coming in, our supporters are helping to equip hospitals and health clinics to help people survive the virus. Play the video below to hear from our partner, the impact that Kiwis are making in India.




Here are just five ways our supporters are generously helping the people of India and Nepal, being overwhelmed by Covid-19:


1. Helping 600 Covid-19 infected families (approximately 3,000 individuals, including 1,800 children) with emergency food assistance, including rice, wheat, flour, oil, sugar, salt and spices, hygiene materials, including face masks, soap and hand sanitiser, access to ambulance services, and trauma counselling. The families your donations are supporting people, live in slum communities in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai, India. These are families that survive as day labourers, and, because they are sick and trying to quarantine to prevent the spread to other families, they can no longer earn enough to feed their families.

The families your donations are supporting people, live in slum communities in Bhiwandi, near Mumbai, India. These are families that survive as day labourers, and, because they are sick and trying to quarantine to prevent the spread to other families, they can no longer earn enough to feed their families.



MicrosoftTeams-image-(98).pngThis women received food for her family for one month and hygiene supplies including face masks, hand sanitiser and soap. Credit: Saahassee

2. Equipping 19 church-based hospitals with essential medical equipment, including ventilators, oxygen concentrators, masks and other medical equipment.

3. Buying medical oxygen generators and oxygen storage units. Hospitals want to produce their own oxygen as usual suppliers cannot meet demand.

4. Helping to supply these hospitals with protective equipment (PPE) to limit the spread of the virus for staff and patients.

5. In Nepal, your donations are helping to equip hospitals and clinics with life-saving equipment. 

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