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India Covid-19 Emergency: A Co-ordinated Triratna Fundraising Response

On Thu, 29 April, 2021 - 19:35
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From The Abhayaratna Trust, FutureDharma Fund / India Dhamma Trust and The Karuna Trust

In this message, we’d like to clarify how the Abhayaratna Trust, Karuna Trust and FutureDharma / IDT are working together and in collaboration with our partners in India to coordinate relief to people and projects affected by the devastating second wave of COVID in India. 

Many of you are giving to the Abhayaratna Trust, Karuna and other appeals. It is a credit to our Order and Movement that we are responding so effectively to those on the front line – we cannot thank you enough! However, the work is far from over. Our brothers and sisters in India, and the communities they serve, will need our ongoing support. 


1. The Abhayaratna Trust
The Abhayaratna Trust makes direct grants to individual Order members experiencing financial hardship.

In response to the suffering arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the Trust quickly set up an Appeal for a Coronavirus Emergency Fund.  Thanks to the incredible generosity of Order members, mitras and friends from around the world, the Appeal has raised substantial amounts of money. 

The Abhayaratna Trust is working very closely with the Indian Order Office and Indian Order Convenors to get financial support to those individuals most in need of help for food, housing bills, medicines, oxygen, hospital fees for them and their families. 

Regular updates on the COVID situation in India, and the difference the donations are making will be posted on the Abhayaratna Trust website and associated social media channels. 

If you can support the Abhayaratna Trust India Emergency COVID Appeal, please donate securely here and visit www.abhayaratnatrust.org to learn more.


2. FutureDharma Fund / India Dhamma Trust
The FutureDharma Fund in partnership with the India Dhamma Trust (and in consultation with the Indian Public Preceptors Kula) funds a number of projects and teams in India, including the Ordination Teams, the Movement Coordinator, and the Indian Youth Teams. Many of these are actively involved in coordinating the distribution of food parcels and other emergency responses to the coronavirus.

Furthermore, the Indian Ordination teams are unable to raise their own funds at this time and members of the teams are facing serious financial hardship. The men’s and women’s Ordination teams in India play a vital role in our community offering spiritual training, friendship and guidance. It is vital to our movement that they are able to continue these during the crisis.

FutureDharma / India Dharma Trust (IDT) are grateful for their supporters’ continuing and vital generosity and will continue to explore ways of supporting our Dharma brothers and sisters in India. www.futuredharma.org


3. Karuna Trust / Karuna Germany
The Karuna Trust makes grants to organisations working with marginalised communities in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Our programmes focus on Education, Livelihoods and Women’s Empowerment. 

In March 2020 Karuna launched its Coronavirus Crisis Appeal to respond rapidly and effectively to the emerging needs of those affected by the virus. We work in close collaboration with our partners especially the main Triratna Trusts in India.

So far we have been able to deliver emergency relief, including 29,820 food parcels and 22,580 medical kits, to 143,000 people from marginalised communities across 6 Indian States and 3 districts of Nepal. 

We urgently need to provide additional emergency relief to unemployed migrant workers, children out of school, women at risk of violence, and people suffering directly with virus infection.

Our first priority is to support those directly impacted by the crisis. This includes:

  • Distributing emergency supplies, food kits and sanitation equipment
  • Communicating accurate information on preventative healthcare, (including physical distancing, use of PPE and sanitizers, and vaccinations) for vulnerable communities 
  • Working closely with local Governments to ensure emergency relief and welfare support reaches the most vulnerable
  • Protecting women and girls vulnerable to increased risk of violence during lockdown
  • Supporting a team of 200 medical doctors working with 900 covid patients and their families in the slums of Nagpur providing food, medical kits, oxygen supporting people in hospitals, at home or at the newly established Nagaloka Care Centre.  

We are doing everything we can to meet the rapidly escalating needs in India and Nepal. We urgently need donations.

What can you do to support Karuna? 

  • Support the Karuna Trust Emergency COVID Appeal – please donate securely at www.karuna.org/coronavirus-crisis
     
  • Come to the event: INDIA IN CRISIS on Thursday 6th May, to find out more about how Karuna is responding, participate in a Q+A and get the latest updates of the situation. Please register here. 

    US PST 11:00 | US EST 14:00 | IE & UK 19:00 | Europe CET 20:00 | India 23:30 | Australia AEDT 04:00 (next day) | New Zealand 06:00 (next day)  

The Abhayaratna Trust, Karuna Trust and FutureDharma / IDT are meeting on a regular basis and are constantly reviewing the situation. 

Amrutasiddhi, Karmavajra and Aryaketu are among the senior Indian Order Members helping to coordinate on the ground getting aid to those in urgent need.

Please only contribute through our secure websites/giving platforms given above. 

From all of us, thank you for supporting all of these appeals and for standing in solidarity with our movement and everyone in need in India during this crisis. 

Mahasraddha, Director: Abhayaratna Trust. Nandavajra, Director: FutureDharma / IDT. Padmadaka, CEO: Karuna Trust. 

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I really don’t want to ‘take part in the conversation’ at all (or any conversation done in this way). However I do want to feed back that the recent emails came with a ‘you can read more about how we’re working together here link. But the information you give does not do that - it describes what each charity does/is doing (of course with some bits of overlap), and says you are talking to each other (well, I hope you always talk to each other).

I gave a pathetic amount to money to the Abhayratna trust when the first appeal from them re India’s covid crisis arrived, and as things have got worse I had just been thinking I wanted to give a bit more, but wondering if that was the most effective charity to give it to. Given how bad things have got, I want my small amount of money to go where it is most needed, and most effective. I had hoped ‘working together’ meant all 3 had combined for the purposes of the current crisis, and were sharing resources - including donations. I realise this is probably a complicated, time-consuming thing to do legally etc, but thought it could be happening in a less formal way. 

I have read all the information twice today, and I still don’t feel informed in a way that helps me to intellectually decide which is the best place for my donation - and (unusually) neither do I definitely feel emotionally drawn to a particular one of the three (at the moment, in this crisis) so I really don’t know how to decide. I wonder, if it’s too hard to put a single ‘umbrella organisation’ together, whether it might be possible to have some sort of temporary ‘umbrella group’ of people who have clear overview of the situation and could decide where money was most needed at any particular time? 

I do realise there are probably loads of very obvious (to anyone but me) reasons why this is impractical, or just sounds like a daft suggestion. I’m perfectly happy to be told either of those things - but can anyone also tell me where best to give a bit more money right now? Thanks. Dhammagita

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Hello Dhammagita,

I am sorry that we have not responded to your question regarding giving to the covid emergency response in India. We have just posted an update which you can read here: https://thebuddhistcentre.com/news/update-india-covid-relief. We hope that this provides some clarification. We are not in a position to say ‘yes, give to this charity or response’ as they are all having a substantial impact in responding to the crisis - wherever you give you can be confident that it will be making a difference. In the end it is your choice.

Mahasraddha, Padmadaka, Arthavadin and I have been meeting on a regular, often weekly, basis and exchanging numerous emails, about responding collaboratively. We are attempting to take an overview from our end, as it were, and we are in good communication with the order members in India who are in a position to take an overview over there (the order convenors, members of the Public Preceptors Kula and the Indian movement coordinator for example). So in a way we have developed an informal umbrella organisation. Anything more formal is impractical at this stage as is the sharing of funds.

If I can help further please do contact me at nandavajra [at] futuredharma.org. With best wishes, Nandavajra (FutureDharma Fund Director).