The Lockdown in India has had a devastating effect on so many sections of the poor - daily wage workers now without any earnings, migrant workers left to walk home on their own, sex workers, transfolx.

Some people are starting up initiatives and this is not exhaustive. I'm just putting it down in one place because I think Facebook becomes very scattered.

In terms of how to donate, I think we should not feel anxious that what we are giving is not enough. Every bit does count. You can do it two ways. Figure out what you can afford to give, increase your first figure just a little if possible, then either give all to one or give a little to a few initiatives (I'm dong the latter).

Please try not to think thoughts like 'these people are stupid why don't they stay put' etc. These are people no one has factored into their planning. Don't feel that because people criticize the government and you disagree, your only option is to also criticize the poor. You can support whoever and whatever you feel like (though I think we should do it with a critical lens in support too, which is what being a sensible citizen is about) but also support those who are suffering in a little way.

This list is not exhaustive - I am adding whatever I come across. Please make your own political assessments and choices and avoid creating extra labour by addressing the relevant parties instead of posting comments here. I won't be responding to any comments. It's better to donate than comment, or move on.

Here are the links (with new ones added up top)

Ajeevika Bureau and other worker's collectives

Provisions for traditional performing artists by Shubha Mudgal and others

Gift a mask for health care professionals - All India

Gurgaon Nagrik Ekta Manch - food and support for daily wage workers  - Gurgaon, Haryana

Livelihood Loss Support for Transgender Person Thookudi - Tuticornin, Tamil Nadu

Contribute to Sangamma for food and cash to sex workers and transfolx - Karnataka

Youth Feed India - bringing dry rations to daily wage workers, migrant labour, street dwellers, hostellers, single people etc. Supported by Sania Mirza - Different parts of India

Give India support for Lockdown hit families - All India

Campaign to buy ventilators for COVID ward at St John's NAHS

Jamia students putting together ration and sanitizing kits for 1000 families  - Delhi


Peter Griffin's fantastic thread of various initiatives, includes other people's threads of different initiatives which include:

Money being raised for health care professionals to have better protective gear
Support to families of workers
Sanitation kits to urban poor

List of Delhi Government Hunger Centres where free meals are available

Conde Nast Traveler has also listed a number of local NGOs supporting families of workers with rations and sanitizing kits. Some of these are Yuva Mumbai, Goonj, Apnalya and Rasoi On Wheels

IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER either to help someone whose parents are stuck in another city or anything individual that also needs people to help, check out the Facebook group Caremongers India


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