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As most of you know the situation in India is again becoming desperate.
This second wave of COVID-19 is spreading faster; infection rates are more than double than at the previous peak and health facilities are being overwhelmed. Night curfews and local lockdowns are still paralysing many states, with devastating consequences for migrant workers. As before, it is the most vulnerable and marginalised people suffering most.
In March last year, Karuna launched a Coronavirus Crisis Appeal, and thanks to the incredible generosity of our supporters – both from Triratna and the wider public – it allowed us to respond precisely and rapidly to the emerging needs of those affected by the virus.
That generosity has meant we have been able to deliver emergency relief, including 29,820 food parcels and 22,580 medical kits, to an estimated 143,000 people from marginalised communities across 6 Indian States and 3 districts of Nepal. And, as I write this, we are in the process of making a further round of urgently needed emergency relief to unemployed migrant workers, children out of school, women at risk of violence, and people suffering directly from virus infection.
We are just as committed now as we were then to support those directly affected by the crisis, especially the most vulnerable. And it is still only because of the generosity of others that we can do this.
Many of the projects we fund are run by incredible Order members and Dhamma mitras. They are a part of Karuna’s wider family of organisations who work for excluded and minority communities in India and Nepal. They all need our help now.
Please know that we will be doing everything we can to meet the increasing need in India and Nepal – and we are so grateful for the support we receive from Triratna in helping us respond.
Yours in the Dhamma,