We are sharing information below that has been circulated by the UK Iyengar Yoga Association.
There is a catastrophe unfolding in India, and the situation is particularly bad in Maharashtra. The healthcare system is unable to cope; there are serious shortages of staff, beds and oxygen. India’s crisis is a crisis for us all.
A number of you have asked how you can help. Here is a list of some of the leading charities that are working to help the situation in India. Click on the name of a charity to go to their donation page.
Charities linked to RIMYI
Due to the pandemic COVID-19 and the lockdown, many of the daily wage workers and migrant labourers are suffering a lot. In association with local Government authorities, the Bellur Trust has started a new task of supplying and delivering the food grains to those in need.
Rima is is known by many in our community as the owner of Hand Made, a shop (now closed) selling Pune pants and other clothing. She is personally keeping her assistant Shanta and her family going, and is asking for our help with other families she has taken on. All of them are short of food, and some need medical supplies.
International charities working to help with the Covid crisis in India
Working to direct cash transfers for immediate food and health needs, arranging testing and vaccination camps, and the distribution of safety and sanitation kits, including protective items, for communities to use in sanitation work, burials, and other essential activities.
Distributing medical equipment and accessories, PPE, safety kits, and food to hospitals and health centres.
Continuing their work to provide a source of clean water to as many people as possible, especially in light of the importance of handwashing during the pandemic.
Delivering life-saving medicine, nutritious food, and vaccines to children and their families.
Providing first aid kits for frontline health workers and nutritious food for families in crisis.
Working with the government to treat people with moderate cases and providing masks, sanitizer, and health promotion materials to high-risk patients.