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The Desai Foundation – COVID-19 Response

OUR URGENT RESPONSE TO THE
COVID CRISIS IN INDIA

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 1,400 rural communities we serve in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, 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.

Thank you so much for your support!

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD

 

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD through August 31, 2021

HEROES FOR HUMANITY PROGRAM LAUNCH:

– Over 300 Heroes (of up to 500) have been screened, hired, trained, and put into the field

– 2,859 individuals have been reached via our COVID Helpline

– 140,000 individuals have been reached with accurate information about COVID

– 52,000+ supplies and materials delivered

– 205,000 people impacted overall from direct services provided

– We have opened bank accounts for 62 Heroes in order to receive their salaries

Thank you S.P. Hinduja Banque Privée for supporting our Heroes!

Information on COVID TESTS, HOTLINE, SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT, see previous updates. 

Our work above, and our previous work fighting COVID-19 in India this year, has impacted the lives of nearly 1.9 MILLION people. We are so proud of serving the over 1,000 rural communities in which we work. The road to recovery is long, but we will be here.

Thank you for your support and faith.

 

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD – July 19, 2021

HEROES FOR HUMANITY PROGRAM LAUNCH:
– Over 130 members (of up to 500) have already been hired, trained and moved into the field
– Food, Supplies, and most importantly Vaccine information are being deployed
– All Heroes have been provided with gloves, masks, face shields, transport, hygiene kit and t-shirts
– Thank you SP Hinduja for our Heroes, and thank you CryptoRelief for the Food Rations!

COVID TESTS:
– 500,000 Tests have been deployed in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh
– And we are securing more tests

– Thank you to the States of Nevada, Idaho, California & Oregon for your generous donations

COVID HOTLINE:

– We have connected with over 5,000 people via our Hotline to offer COVID & Vaccine information, bereavement support, and other support.

– The hotline is currently in English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Gujarati. And we are working to launch in Oriya & Bengali.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT DISTRIBUTED include but are not limited to:

Cotton Masks: over 1,000,000
Oxygen Concentrators: 29
Bi-PAB Machine: 35
Surgical Masks (N95): 7,000
Domex Cleaner (Industrial Sanitizer): 35,000 ltrs (Thank you Unilever & United Way!)
Ventilators: 18
Hygiene Kits: 10,000
Food Rations (food for a month for a family): over 11,000
Individual Meals: 22,166

And so much more…

 

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD – June 3, 2021

 

COVID RAPID TESTS –  We have secured 449,000 Rapid COVID Tests. 300,000 of which are on the ground, the rest are in transit. They  will be used at COVID care centers/hospitals, and by our volunteers working with local villages and soon at home. We want to thank the Oregon Health Authority, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Placer County Health and Human Services (CA), Nevada State Emergency Operation for their generous donation of these tests.

COVID ISOLATION & RELIEF CENTERSWe currently have 7 isolation and relief centers open with beds, food, medical supplies, PPE, rapid testing, sanitary napkins, medical screenings, and comfort for isolation for pre-critical stage patients. In addition, we are supporting 14 hospitals. And we continue to expand.

COVID SUPPORT HOTLINE (Non-Medical) (Help Desk) – Our Hotline is live and has already reached thousands. The line supports people who have lost loved ones to call to seek guidance and support on getting aid, food, financial support, etc. The guide is currently in Gujarati, Hindi, Tamil and English, and will be translated to more languages.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT – We are distributing  COVID  medical kits (thermometers, sanitizer, oximeter, PPE kits, and vitamins). BiPaps, Oxygen concentrators, and ventilators are both on the ground and on the way.  We are also distributing family hygiene kits to keep those isolated at home safe. There are several area hospitals in which we are also providing these supplies. We are also distributing 500K Sanitary Napkins to hospitals, COVID care centers, and directly to women in need. 

FOOD KITS: We are supplying both Food Kits for people  waiting outside hospitals, as well as Food Rations that can feed a family for a month. We have already distributed 10,000 of these monthly ration supplies.  

SUPPORT WOMEN We are in touch with the hundreds of thousands of women we serve trying to support them in any way we can.

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD – May 14, 2021

COVID RAPID TESTS – We have secured 449,000 Rapid COVID Tests. 82,000 of which are on the ground, the rest are in transit. They will be used at COVID care centers/hospitals. We want to thank the Oregon Health Authority, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Placer Country Health and Human Services, Nevada State Emergency Operations for their generous donations of these tests.

COVID ISOLATION & RELEIF CENTERS – We currently have 6 isolations and relief centers open with beds, food, medical supplies, PPE, rapid testing, sanitary napkins, medical screenings, and comfort for isolation for pre-critical stage patients. We continue to expand this, and are on our way to 10 as we speak.

COVID SUPPORT HOTLINE (Non-Medical)(Help Desk) – Our Hotline is live and has already reached nearly 400 people in our pilot. We expect this will reach thousands. The line supports people who have lost loved ones to call and seek guidance and support on getting aid, food, financial support, etc. The guide is currently in Gujarati & English and will be translated to more languages.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT – We are distributing COVID medical kits (thermometers, sanitizer, oximeters, PPE kits, and vitamins.) BiPaps, Oxygen Concentrators and Ventilators are both on the ground and on the way. We are also distributing family hygiene kits to keep those isolated at home safe. There are several area hospitals in which we are also providing these supplies.

FOOD KITS – We are supplying both Food Kits for waiting people outside hospital, as well as Food Rations that can feed a family for a month. We hope to distribute 5,000 of these monthly ration supplies.

SUPPORT WOMEN – We are in touch with the hundreds of thousands of women we serve trying to support them in any way we can.

UPDATES FROM THE FIELD MAY 4, 2021

COVID ISOLATION & RELIEF CENTERSWe currently have 7 isolation and relief centers open with beds, food, medical supplies, PPE, rapid testing, sanitary napkins, medical screenings, and comfort for isolation for pre-critical stage patients. In addition, we are supporting 14 hospitals. And we continue to expand.

COVID SUPPORT HOTLINE (Non-Medical) (Help Desk) – Our Hotline is live and has already reached thousands of people.  The line supports people who have lost loved ones to call to seek guidance and support on getting aid, food, financial support, etc. The guide is currently in Gujarati, Tamil & English, and will be translated to more languages.

COVID RAPID TESTS –  We have 149,000 Abbott Rapids tests landing shortly that will be used in the COVID care centers/hospitals, and by our volunteers working with local villages and soon at home.

SUPPLIES & EQUIPMENT – We 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.

SUPPORT WOMEN – We are in touch with the hundreds of thousands of women we serve trying to support them in any way we can.

WAYS TO DONATE:

ALL donations matched 100%


GOAL: $500,000
TOTAL RAISED: $328,000

Every dollar donated will be matched 100%. And 100% of those funds will go directly to the work on the ground. 

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