Greetings from Love One More! Every day new information is released concerning COVID-19. I hope to shed light on the virus’s effects in India and how we are responding to the current crisis.
As you may have known, there is a nation-wide lock-down in India until April 15th. Both our organization and our parent organization India Gospel League have embarked to give an immediate response and arrange short-term solutions until this pandemic passes.
A recent article from Time Magazine says, “Those living in poverty would likely be among the hardest hit in a potential widespread outbreak of [COVID-19] as much of India’s privatized health care system is expensive and public hospitals are overwhelmed and often sub-par.”
I agree wholeheartedly with what Time Magazine states. As we read and receive media reports about the effect of this pandemic on the economy, the worst affected are those living below the poverty line; the farmers, daily wage laborers, and street dwellers. Children and women are bearing the brunt of this pandemic, being two of the main socially neglected groups when it comes to safety, nutrition, and health care.
Our organization primarily cares for children who are from rural areas, and whose families live below the poverty line. This means that the people we set out to care for are the ones most affected by the pandemic, and the governmental orders.
One order from the government directs children to return home from school and our care. Even though this is an unfortunate government mandate, we continue providing help and care as much as possible.
Just like American schools and care centers, we have contact information for every child and their families. Our staff at the office and in the children’s homes remain in continuous contact with the children and their families.
This means that we will be able to:
- Check that the children under our care are not compromised nutritionally or health-wise
- Ensure that food and medicine expenses are provided for the children
Another order from the government directs all people to stop working. With no opportunity to work and provide for themselves at this time, we have to ensure that not just the child is taken care of, but their whole family as well. Our India office is currently gathering information from the field and will be considering different steps to help them.
With all of that said, we need your help now more than ever. Taking on these extra measures of providing for the children in our care and their families will require additional resources beyond the regular sponsorship gift. We are tremendously grateful for the support you have already shone and are continuing to show.
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Becky Stanley, Child Care Director