India is among the world's worst-hit countries by the coronavirus pandemic.

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. 

Our teams identified over 10,000 families of children we had taken back home over the last year, and found them in desperate situations.

 

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.

One of the families reached was Hakkim's who you can read more about here

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.

Our outreach teams will continue to work with the most vulnerable families and children to help them rebuild their lives.

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.

Our incredible teams managed to hand out water, bananas, biscuits and re-hydration salts to 16,803 migrants, including 3,806 children.

 

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.