Its already fragile communities, where millions rely on daily wages, were left with no jobs, no income and often no homes the minute the outbreak began.
We have managed to contact 7,330 families to offer assistance and 1,079 were facing starvation. Either directly or through government schemes, we have been able to deliver emergency parcels of food and soap to 979 of them, including 2,611 children.
As the world starts to recover from the pandemic, these families are facing a desperate struggle to rebuild their lives. Hunger is now more of a threat to them than the virus as they still have no income and more children than ever are expected to leave school, be trafficked, forced into marriage or take on jobs as child labour, just so they can eat.
Across India millions of migrant workers, who lost all income as soon as the lockdown began, tried to get home from the cities to their communities and families. Many were walking for hundreds of miles, in extreme heat, so the government laid on special trains to take them to their destinations.
As we have a presence in so many of India’s stations we saw before our own eyes the desperation of these passengers, many with young children.
We have been making sure they have food and water for the long journeys ahead as many of them were in weak and exhausted conditions as they boarded.
They are working hard, remaining focused on reaching children and families that need us, and ensuring we’ll be there, ready to protect the thousands that we know will rush back to the cities desperate for work once restrictions are lifted.
The demand on our services is already increasing as children and families face additional pressures and burdens. Our project teams will always keep doing whatever they can but as a charity we are already facing the prospect of operating with a reduced income.
Your continued support at the moment is not only vitally important it is also hugely appreciated.