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Pledge Your Period is coming back in May and it's Going to Be Bloody Fabulous

Our Urgent Response to the COVID crisis in India

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We are heartbroken by the current situation in India, which we have been following closely. We are working with our team, organizations on the ground and larger institutions to implement what is needed locally on the ground.

We are also ramping up for the support that will be needed in the future for the 1,000 rural communities we serve in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan. We have identified the ways for the Desai Foundation to be of most service immediately. Outlined below is our focus.

COVID ISOLATION & CARE CENTERS:
We are helping isolation and relief centers open with beds, food, medical supplies, rapid testing, sanitary napkins, medical screenings, and comfort for isolation and pre-critical stage patients.

HELP DESK AND TELEMEDICINE SUPPORT:
For families to access available support after the loss of a loved one, ask medical advice, get answers to critical questions, and encourage them to test, seek assistance, and isolate.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT:
We are distributing tens of thousands of COVID kits (thermometers, sanitizer, oximeter, PPE kits, and vitamins), food kits and sanitary napkins. The BiPaps, Oxygen concentrators, and ventilators are on the way.

SUPPORTING WOMEN:
As we always have, our focus both short and long term will be supporting
the women of rural communities.

WE'VE IMPACTED 963,660 LIVES

Our Focus Building resilient communities and cultivating dignity

WOMEN

Empowering women has the power to not only change the economic circumstances of individual families, but entire villages.

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CHILDREN

Educating and providing children with the building blocks to future advancement allows families to transcend their circumstances.

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HEALTH

Alleviating health issues that prevent women from working and children from attending school enables the community to thrive and focus their attention elsewhere.

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LIVELIHOOD

Providing vocational training and the ability to increase household income leads to immediate quality of life improvements.

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Our Pledge

Every dollar raised goes directly to programs that change lives.

Our staff and infrastructure is supported by the founding endowment from the Desai Family and its board members.

Now, as a public foundation, your support helps expand our life-changing programs in
India and the U.S.

How You Can Help

Donate as part of our urgent COVID-19 relief

Donate to our Masks of HOPE
Hope, Opportunity, Perseverance & Empowerment

Donate as part of the Ranavat x Desai Foundation Claim Your Crown Campaign and have your donation matched by Ranavat Botanics!

Working with the existing strengths of each community, we provide the tools needed to create stronger, healthier, and more economically independent households.

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The Desai Foundation

Wednesday May 12th

Oregon Health Authority
This month Oregon is sending a shipment of 300,000 BinaxNOW rapid test kits to India. These tests, which produce results in 15 minutes, will allow more cases of COVID-19 to be quickly identified so that steps can be taken to contain the virus. "Governor Kate Brown's office, OHA, Department of Administrative Services, Port of Portland and Cathay Pacific working together to send COVID-19 rapid tests is evidence of Oregon’s heart and commitment to a world view," said Akiko Saito, deputy director of OHA’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Unit.Right now, India is in the midst of a devastating surge of COVID-19 and with it a shortage of vital supplies needed to stop the spread of the virus. Many people waiting in line for tests are turned away due to lack of supplies. "The relationships we have forged through the pandemic have made it possible to rally support to India in its time of need," said Akiko.The Desai Foundation, an organization that serves rural communities with health and livelihood programs focused on women + children in the states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh will ensure the kits are distributed to COVID Care & Isolation Centers, Hospitals and local health workers to ensure the tests get into the hands of the people that need it most. Oregon received 1.2 million BinaxNOW tests from the federal government in October 2020. We still have a very generous reserve of tests to use for diagnostic testing within Oregon. ... See MoreSee Less
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Tuesday May 11th

The Pad Project
As COVID-19 continues to ravage India, we are grateful that one of our NGO partners Desai Foundation is coordinating on the ground relief efforts ❤️🙌 One of the 4 communities that @desaifoundation is focusing their relief efforts in is Uttar Pradesh, home of Kathikhera, the first community The Pad Project ever worked with, pictured here in a still from @periodendofsentence ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Here is what they have promised to do with 100% of the funds raised:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀〰️COVID ISOLATION & RELIEF CENTERS — They have 6 isolation and relief centers open with beds, food, medical supplies, rapid testing, sanitary napkins, medical screenings, and comfort for isolation and pre critical stage patients. They are on their way to having 10 centers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀〰️COVID SUPPORT HOTLINE (Non-Medical) - Phone number for those who have lost loved ones to call to seek guidance and support on getting aid, food, financial support, etc.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀〰️COVID RAPID TESTS - They have 149,000 Abbott Rapids tests landing shortly that will be used in the COVID care centers/hospitals, and by volunteers working with local villages and soon at home.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀〰️SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT - They are distributing tens of thousands of COVID kits (thermometers, sanitizer, oximeter, PPE kits, and vitamins), food kits and sanitary napkins, BiPaps, Oxygen concentrators, and ventilators are on the way.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀〰️TELE-HEALTH - They have partnered with Face2Face Health to bring tele-health care into the palms of the hands of people in remote areas. Thanks to volunteer Doctors in the US & India, this platform will be live on Monday.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀〰️SUPPORT WOMEN - They are in touch with the hundreds of thousands of women they serve trying to support them in any way they can. We know that women are bearing the brunt of the COVID repercussions, and we are working tirelessly to provide them with the resources they need. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Join us in supporting Desai Foundation relief efforts. https://thedesaifoundation.org/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#PledgeYourPeriod ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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Monday May 10th

Desai Foundation
Sadly, the pandemic has made it even harder for bleeders around the world to be able to afford or even access menstrual hygiene supplies. Studies show that 47% of women worldwide have said the pandemic has been harder to get menstrual supplies and 51% report having less money to buy them. We have been working hard since the start COVID to distribute our Asani Sanitary Napkins for free in rural India, and all money raised from our Pledge Your Period campaign this month will go towards our goal of distributing 500k FREE pads this month! Pledge and donate now in order to help all who bleed have a healthy period - because periods don’t stop for pandemics! Visit www.pledgeyourperiod.com to learn more and donate now.#pledgeyourperiod #bloodyfabulous #desaifoundation #linguafranca #periodsarenormal #stopperiodshame #enperiodstigma #womensempowerment #menstrualhealth #covidindia #covidindia ... See MoreSee Less
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Friday May 7th

Desai Foundation
Period poverty affects women and girls around the world - and it’s time for it to stop! Help us normalize periods and end the cycle of period stigma and poverty by pledging your period to the Desai Foundation in honor of menstrual hygiene month. This year, we want you to show us that you are BLOODY FABULOUS and nominate at least three friends to do the same. Plus, all donations will go toward sending our Asani Sanitary Napkins to the women affected by the COVID crisis in India..Anjali Kumar Nitika Chopra Chef Palak Patel Poorna Jagannathan Joya Dass Sasha Grey Sheetal Sheth Meah Pace Falu Nathalie Molina Niño Sam Jones Ari Afsar Madame Gandhi.#pledgeyourperiod #bloodyfabulous #desaifoundation #linguafranca #periodsarenormal #stopperiodshame #enperiodstigma #womensempowerment #menstrualhealth ... See MoreSee Less
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