As India reels under the impact of the pandemic, many of you have written to us with offers of help and donations. We are immensely grateful to have you standing with us in this hour of need and helping through this crisis. While we cannot accept donations directly we have identified organisations doing stellar work on the frontlines and whose work we can vouch for. Their work is focused either in rural areas where the health infrastructure is grossly underdeveloped or with people who lack access to medical facilities in these dire times.Sukhmandevi Khanna Education and Medical Trust was formed on 10thApril, 2006 to serve the underprivileged in India. They work with grass-root workers and volunteers to ensure help reaches where it is most needed. A small organization, it currently runs a primary school in Poladhpur, Maharashtra and has been working in the rural areas of Maharashtra since the pandemic struck last year. Since they are based in the rural heartland, they are well placed to identify the most urgent needs and fulfil them. Their immediate goal is to provide oxygen concentrators to rural health facilities.
Reg. under Sec 80G, Mumbai, India.
Hemkunt Foundation is a non-government organisation that aims to provide humanitarian aid to marginalized sections of society. The second wave of panic has left the existing medical infrastructure stretched beyond its capabilities and this is where the Hemkunt Foundation steps in. With oxygen supplies running low or being black marketed, an on-ground network of volunteers is constantly engaged in supplying oxygen to those who can either not access it or can’t afford it.
Khaana Chahiye Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Mumbai established to combat hunger. It was founded on 29th March as a relief effort during the COVID-19 lockdown with a pilot of 1200 meals on the Western Express Highway. It is powered by 200 + citizen volunteers in partnership with the citizen collective Litmus Test Project, Project Mumbai and Bharat Utthan Sangh. Along with immediate relief, Khaana Chahiye conducts advocacy efforts through its policy intervention
What areas are they covering?
Homeless: beneficiaries identified along the arterial roads of the city: Western Express Highway, Eastern Express Highway, S.V. Road, LBS Marg, Link Road.
Slum clusters: Nehru Nagar (Juhu), Ambedkar Nagar, Mariamma Nagar (Mahalaxmi), Kamathipura, Malvani, Mankhurd-Govandi, Thakkar Bappa Colony (Kurla), Indira Nagar (Reay Road), Panjarpole (Chembur), Mahul transit camp, Qureshi Nagar (Kurla).
Institutions: Hospitals, orphanages, old-age homes, mental health institutions, prisons, LGBTQ+ support groups