In India, Tamil Nadu has recorded the third-highest number of COVID-19 deaths and the numbers are steadily rising every day. UWC seeks your support to help healthcare professionals, community & sanitation workers as well as the marginalized communities in Chennai during this crisis. We request you to donate generously to a cause of your choice.
Every little bit goes a long way in making a big difference.
“Disabled people are not only the most deprived human beings but also the most neglected” – Amartya Sen
While the lockdown is the most important measure against community spread, it is proving to be a challenging time for the differently-abled daily wage labourers. They depend on this daily income to meet necessary expenses like rent, grocery, ration etc. Although they are provided with dry ration on a scheduled basis, they are forced to dip into their savings, if any, for any other expense.
As an organization that works extensively for the welfare of the differently-abled in Tamil Nadu, United Way Chennai proposes to provide a sum equivalent to their monthly income to help them tide through the lockdown and even after it.
We have already helped 22 differently-abled bunk shop owners whose small businesses we set up last year.
To help 1 differently-abled individual & family: ₹ 7000
Daily wage earners live hand-to-mouth & the lockdown has cut off any income to sustain their families. They will bear the brunt long after the lockdown is lifted.
There are approximately 3000+ registered street vendors in Chennai whose businesses are shut down during the lockdown.
UWC has identified 250 such families and seeks to provide financial aid equivalent to 1 month’s pay for them. The funds raised will be transferred to their bank accounts directly. We will communicate back to you on how many people have been benefitted along with their profiles to ensure complete accountability.
Target Families: 250
To help 1 affected daily wage earner & their family in a Tier – I city: ₹ 7000
To help 1 affected daily wage earner & their family in a Tier – II city: ₹ 5000
Many marginalized communities including the ragpickers, migrant labourers as well as the indigenous tribal communities in the outskirts of Chennai have lost their livelihoods due to the lockdown.
With no savings to dip into or any source of income, these vulnerable communities are struggling to have a square meal a day.
The immediate need is to provide daily dry rations that can help sustain their families for the remainder of the lockdown. UWC is providing dry ration kits (including Rice, Dal, Oil, Sugar, Salt & Spices) to ensure these families don’t go hungry.
We are also providing toiletries to promote safety & hygiene.
Target Families: 3000
Cost of 1 Family Kit with Dry Rations & Toiletries: ₹ 1200
Ventilators help severely affected patients to breathe while their body fights off the infection. In all of India, we have approximately 40,000+ ventilators and Tamil Nadu faces a similar shortage.
If we continue to take no action, we will soon be swamped like Italy where we will have to make the terrible choice of whom to save.
UWC is raising funds to procure ventilators amidst this unprecedented shortage. We are also procuring PPE kits & other medical equipment required by the hospital.
You can choose to donate any amount of your choice.
We are also actively working with the local authorities to identify the pressing needs in the state and plan suitable interventions for the same.
We request you to consider supporting any of the above initiatives. To learn more about our on-ground work, please drop an email to [email protected] and we will get back to you at the earliest.
As always, we hope to receive your generous patronage.