Wish to Contribute to Covid-19 Relief Fund in India?

20 platforms where you can donate and help the daily wage labourers, sanitation workers, migrants and other vulnerable communities.

On March 24, 2020, the government announced a three-week nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country, which has now been extended to May 3, 2020. This necessary step has left thousands of Indian homeless, jobless and hungry. All the quarantine and social distancing has disproportionately affected daily wage-earners, sanitation workers, the transgender community and several other vulnerable groups.

To cushion the blow, an economic COVID-19 relief fund in India with “focus primarily on migrant labourers and daily wage labourers” and national initiatives such as the PM Cares Fund and state relief funds were rolled out. Alongside, there are many grassroots-level non-profit, citizen groups and organisations that are directly working towards providing relief to the lockdown-affected vulnerable communities. However, to continue their good work, they need your help. And if you’re in a position to donate and make a difference, we at LF have put together a list of platforms that are providing aid for COVID-19 across the country:

For daily wage workers, migrant labourers, and other vulnerable groups
According to news reports, 90 percent of our population is working in the informal economy and about 400 million workers who are part of this informal economy are at the risk of falling deeper into poverty due the global coronavirus crisis. With many businesses closing or going through losses, workers who were previously fed and housed by their employers have been left with no jobs, no homes and no income to sustain themselves. If you are working from home, and not badly affected by the lockdown, here’s what you can do to help others:

The Akshaya Patra Foundation
, an NGO headquartered in Bengaluru, is working with state governments and district administrations to provide meal and packed grocery kits to the marginalised and low-income groups of the society comprising of daily wage workers, migrant labourers, and needy people at old age homes and night shelters. Presently, the Foundation is providing food relief in Rajasthan, Gujarat, NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Assam and Andhra Pradesh.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here.

Oxfam India
, an NGO that works towards supporting women and children, is providing livelihood support to vulnerable families as well as safety kits for frontline workers and other vulnerable communities. 
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here. 

, a Delhi-based non-profit organisation has started Rahat COVID-19 initiative, which aims at providing families with kits comprising largely of dry ration and personal care material to over a million people. Under its Vaapsi initiative, it’s also trying to help the now jobless start fresh with occupational kits. 
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here.  

Rapid Response
, a not-for-profit organisation that helps victims of natural disasters, is helping people in rural areas as well as daily-wage earners in Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh by sending them hygiene and dry ration supplies.  
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here. 

Zomato Feeding India
, a not-for-profit started the Feed the Daily Wager project, which aims to provide food support to families of daily wage earners across cities. 
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here. 

is helping farmers, weavers, artisans and tribal communities in Telangana, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra with food essentials. 
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here.  

For transgenders and sex workers
In an interview with an online publication, Sunitha Krishnan, a Padma-Shri recipient and social activist said that sex workers are one of the most vulnerable groups during the time of COVID-19. Apart from not having a ‘job’ that feeds them, their families and pays for rent, most of them are also HIV positive and suffer from other sexually transmitted diseases, which puts them under the ‘at-risk’ category she shared. According to Census 2011, India has a transgender population of 4.88 lakh, though the actual numbers are said to be much higher. Most of the hijra community, as they are ethnically called, sustain themselves on a day-to-day basis by Badhai-seeking, begging or sex work. In case you’re in a position to help or donate, here’s how to go about:

All Assam Transgender Association
is helping the transgender community in Assam with food essentials.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here.  

, a volunteer-based organisation working with intersectionality is collaborating with other trans-led groups in West Bengal, such as Moitrisanjog Society, Coochbehar, ASRAI (Baruipur) and Dinajpur Notun Alo Society to distribute ration and petty cash to transgenders, especially the older people who have lost their livelihood.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here. 

Women and Transgender Organisations Joint Action Committee
in Hyderabad is raising funds to support about 200 transgenders with basic income to sustain themselves.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here. 

The Keshav Suri Foundatio
n under its COVID-19 Queer Life initiative has been supporting the LGBTQIA+ community through various NGOs by providing mental health counselling, training workshops and also providing food items to help them battle hunger.
You can find the details of those organisations here

, a non-government organisation working for the rights of the working class, non-English speaking gender and sexual minorities, sex workers and HIV+, is providing monthly packages for 500 homes of sex workers and trans people in Karnataka for April and May 2020.
Donate here.

For senior citizens
In India, about nine percent of the population is over the age of 60, according to the 2011 Census. About half of India’s senior citizens, around 53 million, are very poor says the non-profit entity HelpAge India. Besides, the organisation also estimates that around six percent of them live alone. While some can manage and have enough supplies or friends and family that check on them, others may not be that privileged, especially with senior citizens being more susceptible to COVID-19.
In case you have your parents or grandparents living by themselves, here are some helplines at your aid:

The Caremongers India
, a pan-India voluntary group that started as a Facebook group to provide assistance to the elderly. They can be reached at 9591168886 for home delivery of food, medicines, groceries, and other essentials.

The government of Goa
has started a helpline, functional between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, to provide free delivery of groceries to senior citizens, differently-abled and the needy. You can call on 8047191000 to avail of this service.

Action For Pune Development
, a group started by the students in the city, will be helping senior citizens with their groceries and medicines. In case you’d like to volunteer or donate, you can reach out to them here.

The folks at
HelpAge India, a charity working with the disadvantaged elderly will be making family survival kits and protective hygiene kits available to families with up to 5 members. Besides, they’re also providing free meals to homeless senior citizens.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here 

For sanitation workers
While we stay at home to help flatten the curve of Coronavirus, our waste pickers continue working tirelessly to keep our cities clean and safe. They are one of the frontline workers during this outbreak to prevent worse health and hygiene disasters. They are also at a very high risk of infection and transmission of COVID-19. Kashtakari Panchayat, a Pune-based waste management service highlights that as a result of the lockdown, the entire informal recycling economy has been badly hit – scrap shops have closed and this cuts off a major part of their income, leaving most of their family members jobless. Here’s how you can help:

Kashtakari Panchayat,
a Pune-based waste-management service is helping about 700 waste-pickers with ration kits and protective gear to keep them safe and support their families.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here 

Pune Hasiru Dala (the Green Force)
, a social impact organisation that focuses on justice for waste pickers, is helping more than 3500 waste-pickers in Karnataka with healthcare kits and rations.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here.

The Center for Applied Research and People Engagement
, a not-for-profit is supporting over 200 waste-pickers in Aurangabad.
Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here.

Waste Warriors Society
, a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Dehradun that’s committed to cleaning India, is helping waste pickers with hygiene and dry food ration kits across Dehradun and Dharamshala. Donate to their COVID-19 relief fund here.

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