With support from corporate and individual donors, CAF India and its NGO partners are helping migrants, rural populations, slum dwellers, police and healthcare workers
New Delhi | May 12, 2020| As the Covid-19 outbreak ravages across the country, several corporations and NGOs are working with Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) India to mitigate the crisis. Beginning from the last week of March, the organisation has been raising over Rs 17 lakh every week and has till date raised over Rs 11 crore. The funds raised are being used to implement a series of interventions to reach out to the vulnerable masses, which include migrant labourers, urban slum dwellers, rural populations along with police and frontline healthcare workers.
Elaborating on the need to step up efforts in helping authorities contain the Covid-19 outbreak, Ms Meenakshi Batra, CEO CAF India said: “The world is facing one of the biggest public health emergencies of the century. The Covid-19 pandemic will have serious socio-economic consequences. The post-pandemic world will not be the world we are used to of living. The marginalised communities will be the worst affected. It is time that all of us stand together, with each other and the authorities and support in every little way we can. We have initiated a series of interventions to help the most vulnerable and at-risk groups sail through the crisis.”
So far, the donations we have received from the donors have been utilized to :
Provide 1,01,000 N-95 masks to the Health Departments of Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala in partnership with Astrazeneca Pharma Ltd.
Distribute essential food items to over 2,000 construction workers in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.
Provide food items to families of over 900 migrant workers, and facilitated health check ups for over 2,000 quarantined people in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh
Support over 7,800 families to receive financial help through benefits and entitlements from the government;
Distribute dry ration to over 1,600 daily wage earners living in the JJ colonies in Delhi.
Distribute over 785 Personal Protective Gears to sanitation workers in Gurugram and Delhi.
Provide Personal Protective kits to over 2,000 police personnel’s in Maharashtra and Gujarat.
Distribute over 3,000 PPE kits to health workers of isolation wards in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation
Distribute over 5,000 face shields for frontline workers of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, Haryana.
Contribute Rs One Crore each towards CM relief fund in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Rajasthan.
Run awareness campaigns and NGO consultation on mitigating the Covid-19 pandemic
“We, along with our NGO partners, who play a vital role in implementing these interventions are planning several more initiatives to supplement the government’s efforts in dealing with the situation,” said Ms Batra.
During this acute crisis, the organisation has resolved to stand together with the authorities and provide support wherever required. The organisation has urged all citizens to stay safe, stay at home and support the marginalised, vulnerable communities.