India COVID-19 Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
India COVID-19 Relief Fund
Photo: Educate Girls
Photo: Educate Girls

Thank you—we can’t say it enough! Because of your generosity, people struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic in India were able to get the resources they needed to respond to outbreaks and protect the most vulnerable communities.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, India has remained at the center of the crisis. With more than 44 million infections and up to millions of lives lost, communities across India are navigating the extensive impacts, especially in remote and neglected parts of the country. 

As waves of COVID-19 infections brought unprecedented losses, the most disadvantaged and poorest communities bore the brunt of the effects. Women and girls represent most caregivers and health care workers, and they remain on the front lines as infections remain high. School closures have impacted more than 247 million students and increased inequity in access to education. And as factories and workplaces closed down, millions of migrant workers who traveled from rural areas to urban cities for better employment opportunities were forced to return home and grapple with the loss of income and uncertainty of the future.

Earlier this year, restrictions eased, and India saw a dramatic increase in vaccinations. With more than 2 billion vaccines administered, people have begun to return to work, interact, and embrace loved ones. However, vaccine inequality and hesitancy continue to hamper recovery efforts. Families across the country are still reeling from the impacts of the pandemic; more than 75 million Indians fell into poverty over the past two years, accounting for a 60% rise in global poverty.

GlobalGiving’s nonprofit partners have played an important role in ensuring hard-to-reach, disaster-prone communities and first responders have the information and resources they need to address these challenges and keep their communities safe.

Thanks to your support, GlobalGiving’s India COVID-19 Relief Fund has powered high-impact, community-led nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this crisis. 

In the words of Bina Rani, Founder and CEO of iPartner India, your gift has made a significant impact: 

“Thank you very much for recognizing the importance of our work with communities who were left bereft during the ongoing pandemic. This grant you’ve provided will go a long way in making a huge difference to communities that need it the most.”

Here is a description of some of the critical work you’ve supported:  

  • iPartner India has established programs to increase access to healthy foods and boost livelihoods in low-income communities. iPartner’s Smart Kitchen Garden program teaches women how to set up, care for, and manage the vegetables and earnings from their backyard garden. They’re also providing psychosocial support to dozens of sex workers and funding their micro-businesses to ensure they have a sustainable income. 
  • SevaChild International provides emergency aid kits for people living in rural, impoverished, and disaster-prone communities. Devastating floods in Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh destroyed thousands of homes and farmlands, and the combined impacts of the ongoing floods and the pandemic have left thousands in need of basic aid. SevaChild International has distributed hundreds of kits with food, personal protective equipment, and menstrual and health supplies in hard-to-reach areas.
  • Educate Girls works to increase access to education for out-of-school girls in India’s rural regions. They operate in 20,000+ villages in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. Since pandemic-related school closures worsened the pre-existing learning crisis, Educate Girls conducted extensive research with the support of the local government and communities to find solutions. With an aim to enable and facilitate learning engagement and preparedness to go to school among rural children, they started a community-based learning program to create a safe and conducive environment for children’s learning.

Your support of the GlobalGiving India COVID-19 Relief Fund has made a marked difference for communities across India facing the hardships the pandemic caused. It means people like Bina received critical resources to help their community recover from the pandemic.

This fund is no longer accepting donations, and this will be the last fund report of this kind from our team. But communities continue to experience the pandemic’s impacts, complicated by climate shocks and global economic challenges. Through the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund, we will continue advancing community-led recovery around the world. 

You can stay connected with our work through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our Learn Library, where we regularly share stories about the incredible impact of the powerful GlobalGiving community. If you haven’t already, subscribe to get periodic email updates from our team here.

With gratitude,

Victoria + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: SevaChild International
Photo: SevaChild International
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Photo: International Medical Corps
Photo: International Medical Corps

This spring brought a deadly second COVID-19 wave to communities in India as many people were anticipating a long-awaited emergence from the pandemic. In May, daily cases peaked at more than 400,000—a global record. Sadly, the actual figures are likely much higher than the official data show. Exhausted frontline medical workers struggled to access oxygen and other critical medical supplies. Families and individuals in India are still enduring increased infection rates, a shortage of medical care, and a slow vaccine rollout. At every stage, our nonprofit partners have delivered hope and relief through medical support, food supplies, and by meeting other basic needs as they surfaced across the country. 

With your support, people across India have received the care and assistance they require in their time of need. Your donation fueled the emergency response for families in Goa,  New Delhi, Mumbai, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Bangalore, and many other areas of the country. Thank you.

Here are some of the exceptional nonprofit teams providing critical support as the pandemic continues: 

  • International Medical Corps is meeting the most urgent health needs—providing supplies like oxygen concentrators, ventilators, patient monitors, personal protective equipment, and setting up temporary COVID-19 health facilities. As the situation evolves, their teams remain flexible in their response and consider the entire continuum of care. 
  • People First International’s team is working alongside the local government in the state of Bihar to reach hundreds of families most severely affected by COVID-19. They’re arranging groups to deliver personal protective equipment, vaccinations, health checkups, and hygiene training. They also offer support through employment opportunities and by helping children continue their education if they’re unable to attend school. 
  • Direct Relief has been working with local Indian nonprofit partners, global logistics companies, and large-scale manufacturers to source and transport oxygen concentrators and other critical medical relief items to India.
  • El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd’s teams are providing daily cooked meals to wage workers, migrant laborers, and families with limited income, across informal settlements in Goa.
  • Milaan Foundation is equipping frontline health workers with lifesaving medical kits to treat COVID-19 patients in home isolation across northern India.
  • Udayan Care USA focuses on providing necessities during the pandemic and education access for girls and low-income families in New Delhi that are struggling to make ends meet.
  • Sphoorti Foundation USA is delivering groceries, health kits, and hygiene products in Andhra Pradesh.

Our hope is that India can avoid bracing for a third wave of this deadly pandemic. However, with the generous support of donors like you and the commitment of our nonprofit partners to these affected communities, we will continue to deliver relief to where it’s needed most. 

GlobalGiving is also working with nonprofits around the world to continue delivering crucial support during the pandemic through our global Coronavirus Relief Fund.

In gratitude and solidarity,

Sandrina + the GlobalGiving Team

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