We are halfway through December 2020 and for many, the end of the year couldn’t come quickly enough. 2020 has been the year of the COVID 19 pandemic. It has been extremely difficult for people all over the world. Almost 70 million (7 crores) have been infected and 1.6 million lost their lives. India alone witnessed around 1 crore infected and over 1.5 lakh casualties.
As we are getting ready for Diwali we need to stay safe and protect ourselves and those around us. HCNF is currently working with partners in Delhi, Ahmedabad, Pune, Chennai and Parbhani supporting needy children and families with food, hygiene / education kits for 3500 families.
Warm greetings from Help for Children in Need Foundation (HCNF). Since our last update, the COVID 19 pandemic situation has changed significantly. The numbers which were earlier rising quickly have slowed down, particularly in the last 15 days as more daily recoveries have been reported than new infections.
India now has close to 3 million (30 lakhs) people testing positive for COVID-19. Close to 54000 have lost their lives. While the recovery numbers are good, hospitals are overflowing with active cases, especially in the most affected states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Tamil Nadu is one of the states with the highest number of COVID cases and therefore requires urgent attention. Through continued support from our donors, HCNF has not started work in Chennai as well to ensure food and hygiene kits for families and especially children who need help.
As the country continues to fight with this pandemic and many families struggle for basic food – young children and babies are at the highest risk. Nutrition at this stage in life is crucial especially for children in vulnerable, migrant communities who anyway face crucial challenges to a healthy childhood.
It’s over 80 days since the first COVID infection was detected in the country and while the initial days were calm – the situation escalated very soon. Some states where the earlier cases were detected, declared a lock down by 20th March and a Janata Curfew was called by the Prime Minister on the 22nd of March.
The initial 21 day lockdown in India has now been extended to 40 days and while most of us understand the need for this – it cannot be denied that it has made life even harder for a section of our population.
Migrant populations, daily wage earners and the homeless are stuck in large cities with no access to work and basic food.
Our on ground partner in Pune – CYDA (Centre for Youth Development and Activities) has been hard at work distributing food material packs and hygiene kits to families around Pune. So far they have distribute over 300 packs and there is demand for many more.
The families who have benefited are mainly daily wage labourers who have no other source of income in these trying times.
Our partner in the Trilokpuri area in Delhi have been busy identifying families in dire situations who need help the most. Supported by our corporate partner Hellmann Logistics 75 children and their families now have enough food and do not have to struggle for survival during these times.