April 30, 2021
By Janice Biehn
PWRDF is now accepting donations to support India as it struggles with the current COVID-19 outbreak. While Canada faces its own challenges and grief over COVID-19, the images and stories of mass deaths, blackmarket oxygen tanks and parking lot crematoria are shocking and heartbreaking.
Several fellow ACT members in the region – some former PWRDF partners – are working night and day to provide emergency services and relief, including the Church’s Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA).
PWRDF’s Humanitarian Response Coordinator Naba Gurung has been in regular contact with CASA and the ACT India Forum. “A global coordination call has been scheduled for May 3 where CASA and other ACT members from India will share their update with the rest of the Alliance.”
CASA’s report issued April 27 noted that the daily caseload has more than doubled to 300,000, from 144,000 two weeks ago. More than 3,200 people are dying each day, with the national fatality rate 1.11%.
“NITI Aayog predicted that after Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh will emerge as the next COVID-19 hotspot in the country,” the report says. “Maharashtra and Gujarat in the west, Haryana in the north, and Madhya Pradesh in central India are all facing an oxygen shortage. In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, some hospitals have put ‘oxygen out of stock’ boards outside, and in the state capital Lucknow hospitals have asked patients to move elsewhere.”
How you can help
Please keep the people of India in your prayers. To give online, please click here. You may also donate over the phone by calling Donor Relations Officer Mike Ziemerink at 416-822-9083, or leave a voicemail toll-free at 1-866-308-7973 and we will return your call. Or, send a cheque with “COVID India Response” in the memo field to PWRDF, 80 Hayden St. Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 3G2.