3/29 AID has sent $70000 so far for COVID relief work in India. $80,000 have been raised so far and the need is much greater. Thanks to everyone who is contributing.
AID approved $25000 to support AID-India’s work in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and other states.
— Update AID-India provisions to migrant workers from Jharkhand stuck in Chennai. ( Link )
— In AP & Telangana, our volunteers have identified immediate intervention required in a few districts – particularly in Anakapalli, Anantapur & Adilabad. Possibly in a few other districts too. Wherever possible we are trying to bring all the vulnerable families under govt support systems but there are many hundreds excluded in each place.
In Anakapalli for example, the following families have been identified are migrant workers and do not have ration cards, hence not receiving rations or other support. They need to be given rations to survive the lockdown period. These are mostly adivasi families.
Migrant labourer families from Odisha: 170
Migrant labourer families from North Andhra: 85
There are also 40 persons dependent on begging and another 60 or so who are homeless – these people cannot even cook if we give them rations, so they need supply of cooked food. These are about 100 individuals.
We are planning appropriate ways of helping them which would also keep in mind the health issues, protection for volunteers, avoiding congregation, etc.
The need is actually much more in terms of the numbers of migrant workers etc. But there are constraints of how many numbers we can handle safely because of the CoVid situation, and also our preference is to get them into the govt system.
— In TamilNadu AID identified and distributed food supplies to the most vulnerable families with the help of field workers who live in the local areas.
$1000 to support the transgender community in West Bengal
— Many members of the community survive by begging in the trains and engaging in sex work. Also there are many members who go from one place to the other in search of livelihoods and do not have ration card. All these people have no source of income and have become food-insecure.
AID-India partner Yuva Vikas gets into action in Odisha (see pic)