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Our Urgent Response to the COVID crisis in India

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We are heartbroken by the current situation in India and are proud of the work we have been able to do on the ground thus far. Thank you for your generous support during this time. We are committed to serving the over 1,100 rural communities we serve in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and have recently expanded our COVID support to Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. We are focused on both the current immediate need, preparing for a possible third wave, and on the long-term relief efforts that will be needed. Please join us in these critical efforts to support India in this time of need.

For families to access support after the loss of a loved one, ask COVID information, get answers to critical questions, and encourage them to test, seek assistance, and isolate.

We have supplied tens and thousands of food rations, meals, and hygiene kits to help those in need during this time.

500,000 COVID Rapid tests are in the field and being used by our team, local medical staff and more are on their way.

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.

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 ground.

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


Our Focus Building resilient communities and cultivating dignity


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

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

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

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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

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Heroes for Humanity, in partnership with S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée Creating jobs for 500 people in rural communities, expanding the capacity of the DF programming to impact thousands at this time of crisis.

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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

Monday June 21st

Desai Foundation
As India has given the gift of yoga to the world, we hope today can be a reminder of how privileged we are to be able to practice yoga by honoring its birthplace, knowing that millions in India are still suffering from the immense hardships caused by of the COVID crisis.The recovery period is going to be a long and difficult road. But with your help, we can still provide support for the following areas:
1. Preparing for the 3rd wave: making sure people have what they need in advance.
2. Recovery and Relief: continuing efforts such as our helpline, testing, food kits, job creation, etc. 
3. The Livelihood of Women and Girls: this pandemic has set back the clock on women and girls, therefore we need to get our livelihood programs back up and running.Learn more and support India today: www.thedesaifoundation.org/COVID.#internationaldayofyoga #yoga #covid19 #covidinindia #womenshealth #desaifoundation ... See MoreSee Less
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Friday June 18th

Desai Foundation
We are proud to announce our partnership with S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée to initiate Heroes for Humanity, a COVID Relief Fund designed to support our urgent efforts across rural communities in India. We are so grateful for this opportunity to impact the lives of thousands not only during this time of crisis, but also in the long-run - while keeping our priority on women and girls in mind. Scroll to see what our Heroes for Humanity partnership entails! 
And learn more about our COVID relief initiatives at: www.thedesaifoundation.org/COVID.#covidinindia #covid19 #india #desaifoundation #socialgood #fridaywins #hindujabank #hinduja #heroesforhumanity ... See MoreSee Less
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Wednesday June 16th

Tuckered Out with Ami Thakkar
I get to sit down and chat with the President of the Desai Foundation Megha Desai. We talk about the #covidcrisis in #india and how the Foundation is supporting those in need on the ground. We also discuss the stigma around women's #menstrualhealth and how we need to help change the conversation for the 71% of girls in India who don't know wha their #period is before they get it.Megha Desai is doing fantastic work that I think we all need to hear about! Episode 57 is out now anywhere you get your podcasts or click on my site below. www.tuckeredoutwithami.comAlso, please rate and review the podcast on Apple. It really helps! But be nice. I know where you live. #southasiantrailblazers #southasiandiaspora #givingbacktothecommunity #foundation #tuckeredoutwithami #tuckeredoutpodcast #supportindiepodcasts ... See MoreSee Less
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Monday June 14th

Desai Foundation
Happy Pride Month! We hope this month can remind everyone how important it is to broaden the conversation when it comes to menstruation and be inclusive of all voices. Not all women bleed; and not all who bleed are women. But one thing remains certain… we are all BLOODY FABULOUS!.#menstrualmonday #menstrualhygiene #womenshealth #periodpoverty #menstrualequity #desaifoundation #happypride #pridemonth #pride ... See MoreSee Less
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Wednesday June 9th

Desai Foundation
We are so proud to announce our partnership with S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée to launch Heroes For Humanity, which will address both the short and long terms needs to recover from the COVID-19 crisis in India. This will allow us to provide 500 families with stable incomes, and impact thousands of more lives with our work. Read more here: https://indiatoday.in/pr-newswire/… #COVID19 #IndiaFightsCorona India Today Yahoo Finance MarketWatch Morningstar, Inc. ... See MoreSee Less
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