Charities that Made Covid-19 Easier in 2020

With the nationwide lockdown in full-swing from late March of 2020, countless civilians were left unprepared for what was about to be several months of confinement. For those with daily wages, those with jobs that didn’t adhere to social distancing norms and those that were not classified as essential workers, getting through the first three months of lockdown was exceedingly difficult. Food was rationed, and savings malls were completely shut down, local cart vendors and grocers were nowhere to be seen, leading to many initiatives being put in place. Non-governmental organizations across India created various fund-raisers, drives and delivery systems to ensure those in need were provided with food, safety, shelter and care. Here are some of the upstanding organizations and the work they’ve done to help India tide over the coronavirus pandemic.


The Women and Transgender Organisations Joint Action Committee

The COVID-19 pandemic and its abrupt lockdown was an immense blow for the transgender community across India. During its initial days, while the government grappled to manage the unforeseen shutdown and the timely rolling out of funds for the most vulnerable, many an NGO came to the relief of the transgender community. The Women and Transgender Organisations Joint Action Committee of Hyderabad raised more than USD 14,000 of their total USD 28,000 target. The committee identified 200 vulnerable transgender persons around the city to provide them a monthly income of USD 68 to meet their daily requirements (rent, food) as well as medical needs for two months from April.
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PAIGAM (People’s Association In Grassroots Action and Movements), in partnership with Basti Suraksha Manch’s community leader Sheikh Akbar Ali, stepped in for the waste pickers community and provided safety kits (masks and hand sanitizers) for them in the New Seemapuri area (Delhi), immediate minimum income for those drastically affected by the lockdown, and advocating the community regarding their rights and equality in the society. Additionally, with the help of private/NGO donors, they delivered 800 packets of prepared food in Ghazipur and New Seemapuri, provided emergency reliefs to stranded migrant workers from Bihar, supply rations need to 500 families in one of Delhi’s most neglected area of Bhatti Mines, provide two weeks ration to sex workers in GB Road, and more.
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Sex workers remain one of the most affected marginalized communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Bangalore based NGO Sangama has been working ‘for the rights of the working class, non-English speaking gender and sexual minorities, sex workers and people living with HIV since 1999’. They set up a USD 28,000 fundraiser for 350 family units of sex workers and 150 transgender persons whose sustenance relies on begging. They were provided with USD 68 for two months (April and May) or with essential rations that include 25 kg rice, 3 packs of cooking oil, 3 kg dal, 1 kg sugar, 1 kg salt, 500 gm chili, 500 gm jaggery, 500 gm peanuts, 3 bars soap and 2 bars washing soap. Sangama worked in tandem with Karnataka Sex Workers Union (KSWU) and Uttar Karnataka Mahila Ookutta (UKMO) for distribution purposes.
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Shreni Community Trust

Shreni Community Trust is a non-profit organization that uplifts and provides sustainability to informal sectors of artisans and weavers, as well as, carpenters, beauticians, embroiders, and tailors. During the pandemic, they initiated the Shreni Relief Fund to provide monetary support to the community. From their network of 1500 workers, 500 most distressed families were planned to be provided with USD 40 for their daily expenses and other financial burdens. They raised over USD 1700 of their USD 2000 target.
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Artists for Artists

As we’d written about this foundation earlier in the year, Artists for Artists continues their initiative to provide rations to musicians who aren’t financially stable due to lack of live entertainment and services. Each day, volunteers travel across Mumbai distributing rations to musicians, performing artists, side actors, stage and theatre actors, dancers, makeup artists, and more. Each grocery kit worth USD 9.50 supplies 85 nutritious meals per person. As of 10th December, the foundation has covered 1252 sq. km. of ground distributing kits through 156 volunteers. They have distributed a total of 2,763 kits, which is a total of 2,34,855 meals since May 2020.
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Together for Tomorrow

The motto of this initiative by Spectal Management has been to help raise funds for performance industry workers, who have pretty much been left out of the equation by Government authorities and NGOs in India. The unprecedented lockdown left hundreds of workers in different cities helpless due to the cancellation of live shows. Spectal tied up with companies like Only Much Louder, Sound N Lights Pro, Mixtape Entertainment and more. The fundraiser aimed at raising a total of USD 40,000 in two phases, distributing this to 300 individuals most in need over the course of four months.
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To tackle the migrant worker crisis brought on during the early months of quarantine, Goonj, a not-for-profit organization with upwards of 20 functioning years, launched an initiative named Rahat. Goonj has since delivered 4 million kilograms (almost 9 million pounds) of groceries to rural areas of India in a span of seven months. Their fundamental goal is to promote rural life by improving resources, services, and opportunities, having already completed 4000+ development projects.
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CANKIDS KIDSCAN is a national NGO dedicated to the care of childhood cancer patients. Currently operating in 47 cities, CKKC primarily funds and aids the extensive treatment for underprivileged children suffering from cancer. Their COVID-19 response consisted of fundraisers to facilitate new functionalities put in-place following lockdown – including travel, accommodations, and food supplies for patients and their families.
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