[Written by Revathy Menon]
Covid-19 and its devastating impact on India and its neighbouring countries may no longer dominate the headlines. But the emergency is still current. A majority of the population in India is rural and poor. They are still reeling from the aftermath of the pandemic’s second wave that began in May and overwhelmed all the countries resources and systems.
Various organisations in Luxembourg have opened up channels for collecting funds to intervene in this crisis. If you haven’t donated yet and are still wondering how you can help, please take a look at the links below:
Aide à l’Enfance de l’Inde et du Népal (AEIN) has long been working in collaboration with NGO’s that reach the poorest and least privileged communities of India and Nepal.
“Though the COVID situation is improving in India’s metropolitan cities, the battle against COVID-19 is far from over, especially in smaller cities and rural India. Within days after receiving the first news from the field, AEIN decided to commit 25’000 Euros to assist with the most urgent needs,” says Françoise Binsfeld, Executive Director of AEIN.
You can do your bit and donate to AEIN, thereby help make a direct impact on the work being done to aid the covid-19 aftermath in India. To know more and get regular updates please visit the AEIN website.
Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) Luxembourg
The Luxembourg chapter of this international humanitarian organization is also collecting funds. Among various other interventions, the Covid-19 crisis is also something you can donate for.
Indian Association of Luxembourg:
The Indian Association of Luxembourg has also opened an online donation drive in order to collect money in aid of the pandemic fallout. They continue to keep their link open for those who would like to donate.
Businesses in Luxembourg:
Some locally owned and run businesses are also doing their bit to help the crisis. Les Sûtras is collaborating with AEIN to gather funds for covid relief.
“Social responsibility has always been a core value at Les Sûtras. We believe in the power of community. The situation in India is very difficult at the moment and we at Les Sûtras want to do our bit. Starting May we have been contributing 15% of our profits to AEIN’s Covid relief fund,” says Zenia Dutta Roy, owner of Les Sûtras. To know more about their campaign and participate, visit their website.
Donate in India
There has been a groundswell of citizen-initiated relief work that has taken over where the governments have failed. There are plenty of options if you would like to be directly involved in some of the work being done there. *
Giftabled** is one such social enterprise that has worked with special needs children who come from low-income families. These families and children have been badly affected by loss of jobs, a complete shut-down of schools and educational facilities.
Giftabled collects requests from these families and fulfills them by creating relief packages. They have also been helping conduct vaccination drives in places where there is low access and awareness. You can read more about their work here. And if you would like to lend a hand then you can make a donation here.
*Those interested in knowing more can contact the author
**This group and link have been verified by the author