This is an unprecedented time. In addition to the mental, physical, emotional and financial toll the virus has taken, the lockdown announced on 24th March, which has now extended till May, didn’t leave people any time to prepare and has had devastating effects on the marginalized communities of India. “..some of these steps have left tens of thousands of out-of-work migrant workers stranded, with rail and bus services shut down. The blanket closing of state borders has caused disruption in the supply of essential goods, leading to inflation and fear of shortages. Thousands of homeless people are in need of protection. Police actions to punish those violating orders have reportedly resulted in abuses against people in need.”, says this article on Human Rights Watch. While the move is widely criticized as being poorly planned, people and organizations have sprung into action to help the worst-affected communities get the essential resources to get through this crisis. Essential resources at this time include ration, meals, cash, toiletries, grocery, medicines, masks and a myriad of organizations are raising funds to provide them with the communities who are least likely to afford and have access to them. With over 37,000 cases confirmed in India at the time of this article being written, aid is needed now more than ever, in many spheres and communities. Here are options for you to help:
Karur Vysya Bank A/C No.: 1258155000087415 | IFSC Code: KVBL0001258 | Account holder name: P.Sekar
Canara Bank A/C No: 0295101026604 | IFSC Code: CNRB0000295 | Account holder name: Mahatma Gandhi Seva Ashram
Bank of India Ac/No: 435710110003781 | IFSC Code:BKID0004357 | Account holder name: Sikha Oraon | Google UPI ID: sikha.oraon94@okicici | GPay Number: 9547914203
Please note: This is a crowdsourced list, please conduct your research and verification on the fundraisers. A few of these names have been sourced from this article by Amnesty India. Please send us any fundraisers related to Adivasis, tribals and marginalized communities on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, or comment them down below. This is not an exhaustive list; we will keep updating new links as and when we come across them.