Supporting Emergency Covid-19 relief work in India

A project by: De Montfort University

pledged of £4,290 target

India in COVID Crisis

As many of us are witnessing through social media and the news, India is currently facing a devastating second wave of Covid-19. Manav Sadhna, a grassroot charity organisation based at the heart of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, where the crisis is worsening day by day, are longstanding partners of DMU.

Over the last four years hundreds of DMU students and many staff have had the opportunity through DMU Square Mile India and DMU Global to travel to Ahmedabad and take part in service learning activities as well as community volunteering.

Manav Sadhna

Manav Sadhna was founded in 1995 to strengthen underprivileged communities in Ahmedabad through programmes in holistic education, nutrition, Health and hygiene, youth and women empowerment, senior care, recycling and waste management and more. There is a great diversity in the programmes and projects they run, however they all have a fundamental objective to be based on community participation and to evolve organically according to the needs of the individual communities in which they work.

Project Karuna phase 3

As you will have seen on the news the second wave of COVID-19 has devastated India, leaving the hospitals overwhelmed at full capacity and causing a shortage of life-saving medications, ambulances, and oxygen. The numbers of cases and deaths are rising daily. Manav Sadhna repurposed their activities to set up Project Karuna specifically to offer relief work during the Covid-19 crisis. Karuna means Compassion in Hindi.

Needs and relief efforts will continue to evolve according to the situation. At present Phase 3 of Project Karuna will help to serve those in the following ways:

• Distribute grocery kits to the vulnerable and marginalized especially daily wage workers (ragpickers, vegetable vendors, rikshaw drivers etc) who struggle to feed their families as a result of loss of income. The grocery kits include 2kg rice and 1kg lentils.

• Promote awareness and education in under-resourced communities about COVID safety, treatment and vaccinations.

• Purchase and Supply Oxygen Concentrators (10 machines)

• Provide medical home care kits

• Home-based Covid Care including consultation, medication, medical equipment, moral support and follow-up by trained staff under professional medical care supervision.

How Can DMU help?

DMU with its links to the organisation can offer our students, staff and alumni who want to help, a safe route to ensure the support reaches those communities in need. By coming together as a DMU community of supporters we can maximise the opportunity to raise funds which not only will make a significant impact on the relief work in Ahmedabad, but through our existing partnership we can ensure the safe transfer of every penny raised. Manav Sadhna will ensure that every penny raised is used to directly benefit those in need. During the pandemic we have not been able to offer the opportunity for students and staff to travel out to India as part of the DMU Global programme, but we hope to be able to visit and volunteer with this incredible organisation as soon as the travel situation allows it. In the meantime this is another way in which we can show our support and solidarity to our friends and connections at Manav Sadhna during this unimaginable crisis.

The impact

"The news coverage over the past week about the worsening crisis in India has reminded me - like many other DMU staff, students and alumni - of our friends and partners working through Manav Sadhna to bring essential support and supplies for those most affected by the current wave of Covid-19 hitting the most underprivileged communities in the worst possible way. The time I have been privileged to spend in Ahmedabad with DMU students, was incredibly valuable to me personally and have seen first-hand the impact Manav Sadhna have on the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve and the experiences these visits have on our own students. If we all did a little we could collectively do so much to help, and so I am proud to be part of the DMU wide effort to raise both awareness and funds to support this emergency relief work through the DMU fundraising platform for Manav Sadhna. I encourage all of you to support in whatever way you can - by raising awareness, checking in with people you know who may have been impacted, or giving money where you can".

        Fi Donovan, Head of Public Engagement , DMU

              “We are so grateful for the support of the DMU family during this COVID-19 crisis in India. Your contribution will help us save lives by providing critical medical equipment and intervention to those with no alternative. We are also supporting daily wage earners with grocery kits to ensure food security for their families. And we are disseminating COVID-safety, treatment and vaccination awareness in marginalised communities. Every pound goes a long way to enable us to respond safely and effectively on the ground but also keep sending your love and prayers, so that all may quickly recover from this epidemic. We hope to be able to welcome DMU staff and students back to Manav Sadhna again, we miss seeing you all".

                    Viren Joshi, Founder of Manav Sadhna

                          Help us spread the word

                                • We need as many people as possible to be aware of the situation in India and how to help. Share your support and this link everywhere you can think of!

                                • If you have a personal relationship with Manav Sadhna, make sure you use your experience to help spread the importance of their work and get more people to support them.

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