There is no distancing when it comes to ‘Project Help India’ and love, kindness and compassion. COVID can’t stop us! This is especially true in the city of Kotdwara, Northern India, where we are feeding families in poverty and heading into the sixth week of Indian Government enforced lockdowns.
It’s so great to see the smile of 39 year old, father Rashid who so enthusiastically expressed his gratitude to us. Rashid is a daily wage labourer who due to the lockdown is unable to leave his house and therefore unable to work. He described to us how difficult it has been for him as a father watching his children slowly getting hungrier every day. He feared that they would soon die.
“Now they are getting the food packets daily. Project Help is like God’s ambassador for my family”
Our daily food distribution will continue until the Indian Government ends the lockdown in 2 weeks time (we hope). We are still serving 400 meals twice a day, which adds up to 5600 people fed each week. It's incredible what our team has been able to activate in such a short period of time. We especially honour Mr Amit Samuel, our Project Director for his leadership, and his brother Amit. Both have been working tirelessly every day with very little sleep. The news of our projects has not gone unnoticed. The local magistrate's department is supportive (in fact they reached out to us, asking for help), and they have appointed police to provide safety and security to go with us into the 5 slum areas that we are working. Our work is being reported in local newspapers and on the television news. You can click this link below if you are interested to watch (but it's in Hindi).
All up we are serving about 100 families, and others on an average per day with meal packets. One person described it like this…
“You people are like God’s angels to us. If you would not have given us food then our kids and us might have died because of hunger, as our daily food depends on our daily earnings, so if there is no earning there is no food for them”.
Thank you to all our wonderful supporters in Australia. When we get to the other side of this COVID-19 crisis, and talk about it in years to come, you will have the satisfaction of being able to say that you helped save lives with your love, kindness and compassion. Indeed, wellbeing research tells us that helping others is a great way to preserve your own positive mental health during times of crisis and difficulty. Thank you for your generosity. In the face of such human suffering and tragedy caused by COVID-19 Rashid’s story is just one many reminding us that, love, kindness and compassion make a significant difference in people’s lives. Never underestimate the impact you are having.
Please share this email with others who you think can help us. The lockdown in India will continue through to 17 May. Our meals cost just over $400 a day, so this is a total of $5600 that we will require to continue through till then.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Donate: You can make your tax deductible donation by clicking HERE. As you click the link, scroll to the bottom of the page, then click the ‘SUPPORT THIS PROJECT NOW' button. Ensure that you are donating to (WYG-IND-PHI-2020).
OR if tax deductibility is not required, your EFT donation can be made at
BSB: 062 230 (Commonwealth Bank Randwick)
Account: 1134 1909
Account Name: Project Help India
Please write your name in the reference section so that we can thank you.
And please share the word and this blog.
With love and thanks. My prayers continue to be with you during this very difficult time.