We are all experiencing an unprecedented situation due to COVID-19. We understand that we are facing a crisis here at home in the US, and we’ve all got a role to play to help us get through it, but we made a promise to the vulnerable people living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata. They can’t practice social distancing, they don’t have access to hand sanitizer – they’re lucky if they have access to water. And now, they have been devastated by Cyclone Amphan.
We fear that if we don’t act now the virus will spiral out of control in the crowded slums and among the street-dwelling population, who have no way of protecting themselves. Many of these people are in the high-risk category and are especially vulnerable.
We urgently need to distribute food packs to families who now have no income due to the lockdown and we also need to provide them with basic protective supplies and equipment so that we can fight this terrible virus and slow the spread. We also need to protect our healthcare workers fighting on the frontline by providing them with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packs.
Our Emergency Response teams are also reaching out to the rural areas of Bengal that were hardest hit by Cyclone Amphan. Entire villages have been wiped out and thousands of families have been let with nothing. Many areas are still under water and poisonous snakes are a constant threat in the murky waters. We urgently need to provide food and daily necessities and well as tarpaulin for shelter. Can you help us?