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Covid-19 has shaken the world. Wherever you are right now, you will have felt the ripple effects as this disease has taken lives, livelihoods and assumed freedoms. We hope wherever you are at this time, you are keeping safe and getting through. And if you’re reading this, perhaps you’re wondering how you can help. The good news is you can! We’re inviting you to join us in making a difference today, when it seems to matter more than ever.
The communities we live in are bracing for the impact of an epidemic that is still growing and will affect the millions who live there. Our communities have faced many difficult situations in the past, and are adept at facing hardship with incredible resilience, creativity and care. We know how to trump loss with joy, to face fear with laughter, to turn our sorrows into dancing.
Normal work has been shut for the duration of the largest nationwide lockdown in the world. Food is getting harder to access. Today we are seeing more people without access to basic nutrition. Social distancing is impossible in our communities and many lack the simple resources to protect themselves. Like the community we love, we want to be creative, resilient and caring.We want to help. We’re asking you to help with us
Join us in this endeavor, so that we can work together to get through this. What can you do? Support our work to PAY, PROTECT & PROVIDE for our communities.
Our workers cannot work during the government lockdown. If they could come to work, they would! Many of them are the sole bread winners for their families (and extended families). Not having wages severely impacts their ability to provide food, medicines, and basic necessities for many in the community who rely on them. Our goal is to continue paying Full Wages throughout this crisis.
The government has made it mandatory for everyone to wear a mask when leaving their homes. Our communities have been using scraps of cloth, scarves and homemade masks to comply, however access to well-designed face masks is limited and is a luxury our communities can’t afford. Living in such a densely populated area, we really need masks to protect people and help prevent the rate of community transmission. We have been granted permission by the local authorities to start a small unit to sew masks. We are going to make and distribute 20,000 masks for free to protect our communities.
Kolkata is made up of many creative and enterprising workers, but these jobs are casual and rely on the tumultuous energy of a typical day in Kolkata. Many, many people have lost their jobs, and with that their ability to buy food to feed their families. Our on-ground team are distributing meals to families comprising essential groceries every week so our communities can survive the pandemic in the absence of employment. The numbers are large. We can never feed everyone, but we want to join with other great organisations in our neighbourhoods and be part of the solution. We are committing to providing at least 20,000 free meals where they are needed most.
If we could, we would invite you to join us in Kolkata, and together we would make masks and distribute food. If you can, let us know! But, for the many of you taking responsible shelter at home and wanting to make a difference, we’re asking you to make a donation to help us help others.
Thanks for thinking of us. Stay safe.
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2. If you’re looking to donate sums above 500 USD, we recommend using bank transfers to reduce transaction costs and bank fees, ensuring more money reaches its intended purpose. Contact us at this Mailing Address with your desired donation and country where your bank resides, and we will share the relevant transfer details
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