With many foundations sending aid to COVID-19 relief in India, a few organisations in India are doing their bit for the children affected by the pandemic. Read on and donate!

For the past two months, India has seen an overwhelming COVID-19 surge. Jarring videos and photos of people failing to get help from hospitals and crematoriums overflowing with bodies are surfacing across the Internet, which has also managed to gain international attention. As India descents into dystopia, several situations and people are going unnoticed. Among these are the children of underprivileged India and those that have been orphaned by the deadly pandemic. If you also are questioning the state of children with COVID-19 positive parents, see how the following organisations in India are helping and how can you donate to their cause.

Rouble Nagi Art foundation

Organisations in India

Rouble Nagi Art Foundation promotes and supports education, women empowerment, and employment, along with sanitation and hygiene workshops. During the first wave of the pandemic, RNAF reached out to over 3 lakh families across India and organised relief camps to conduct regular tests and temperature checks, ensuring proper medical care. They have also set up a COVID-care centre to cater to COVID-positive parents. The centre will be equipped to house the children as well till the parents recover, and it shall be done free of charge. 

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Miracle Foundation India

Organisations in India

Miracle Foundation has been providing children with education, nutrition, health, and protective services for over 20 years. Ever since the pandemic crossed Indian shores in 2020, Miracle Foundation has been strategically carrying out educational activities for children with existing resources. They have been working together with CCI (child care institutes) to cover the syllabus for children and give holistic support in other areas. With the help of CCI, they have set up computer labs with internet connection and electricity back-up. And the children that won’t be returning to the CCIs are getting remote coaching support through smartphones and agency partners offering remote education. Teachers, trainers, and instructors are conducting sessions remotely for older children via Whastapp groups or video calls. These coaching teachers cover the whole school syllabus.

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Protsahan

Protsahan India Foundation was launched in 2010 to eradicate child abuse and promote women empowerment. They use an empathy-based model to work with children who have endured any kind of childhood abuse or poverty. Amid the second wave of the pandemic in India, Protsahan India foundation on the frontlines supporting children who have lost one or both parents to COVID-19 or are at high risk of trafficking and child labour by helping them through the justice system, nutrition, scholarships, and more.

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Akshaya Patra Foundation

Organisations in India

Bengaluru-based Akshaya Patra Foundation strives to eliminate classroom hunger by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in government schools and government-aided schools. To aid COVID-19 relief, Akshaya Patra has begun its service by providing meal or packed grocery kits to the marginalised and low-income segment of the society comprising of daily wage workers, migrant labourers, construction site workers, and needy people at old age homes and night shelters. Presently, the Foundation and its Association Foundations are providing food relief in, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Telangana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tripura, West Bengal, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Himachal Pradesh.

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Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation

Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation is the result of the efforts of Noble Peace Prize recipient, Kailash Satyarthi, who has devoted decades to helping build a better future for the children of India. During the pandemic, KSCF has been tirelessly working to rescue children from child labourers and trafficking. Through programmes such as Bal Mitra Gram and Bal Mitra Mandal, the foundation reaches out to vulnerable children in rural India and urban slums. Besides that, they are also working to support children and communities with essentials required for their safety and creating awareness on plasma donations.

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Prayas

Delhi-based NGO Prayas has been relentlessly trying to support and provide help to the underprivileged since the beginning of the pandemic. Prayas’ child helpline team functioning at six locations — New Delhi Railway Station, Janhagirpuri, Bawana (Delhi), Raxaul and Samastipur (Bihar), and Andaman & Nicobar Islands also supported distressed children along with their families. They were provided with dry rations, sanitary pads and PPE kits. Working closely with several communities, they reached out to vulnerable families with ‘Family Kits’ and ‘Hygiene Kits’ consisting of 10 kg of wheat, 10 kg of rice, pulses, spices, salt, sugar, tea, edible oil, bathing soap, face masks, sanitisers, and gloves.

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All images: Courtesy respective organisations; Hero and featured images: Courtesy Getty

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