India’s COVID19 cases continue to rise. The figure for infections to date stands at 78,810 and tragically there have been 2564 deaths. Tamil Nadu state continues to be in the top three areas of infection. Without a doubt the lockdown has very much reduced the number of deaths but not without a severe impact on the economy and the poor people of India. On a positive note, India, among many countries, is in the crucial world wide race to develop a vaccine against COVID19. There are now 10 potential vaccines being tested in India. The world anxiously waits for a vaccine to stop the spread of this virulent disease.
Lockdown in India continues till 17th May. Following this, there will be a gradual loosening of the restrictions. In the meantime the effect on India’s economy has been devastating. Indians are awaiting details of a relief package to help jump start the economy. The government plans to spend 260 billion to help revive the severely impacted businesses but what about the poor? In the words of Rita Dewan, VIce President of Indian Society of Labour Economics: “People are out of money, what about them? Where will they go?” Our mothers, their families and the local community will depend on Nandri to help them survive.
Nandri’s mission is to support our mothers and their families as well as the impoverished villages in the surrounding areas of Tamil Nadu throughout this crisis. Our support will be vital for the survival of our Nandri families and the broader community in the weeks and months to come. Our work to help our poverty stricken community survive the financial damage of COVID19 has just begun. While continuing to support our mothers and their families, and local villages, we have again extended our outreach further into our local community, thanks to the much needed financial aid received from our sponsors and supporters.
This week as part of our community expansion, we distributed rice to Narikuravar families and local unemployed drivers who lost their jobs during the pandemic. We were introduced to a mother with six children, whose husband had recently died. She has no income and no means of support for her and her children. Nandri provided her with food and will continue to help her and her family survive. We also visited the village of Irungal and distributed much needed rice and financial aid to 23 families who were struggling to survive. Nandri has been a lifeline to these families who have been severely impacted by the lockdown.
India’s financial recovery from this crisis will be slow and the needs of our mothers and our local communities will be many. Nandri will be the rock on which our families can depend and with your help we will do everything in our power to help them through these extremely difficult times. A heartfelt Nandri to our donors for all your support.
If you would like to contribute to Nandri’s ongoing COVID19 relief fund, please donate here: https://www.nandri.org/donate“