India Needs Our Help!
As many of you know already, Ro's Garden's production occurs in India and it is a special place for our founder, Roberta Freymann, who has traveled to Jaipur and beyond countless times for inspiration and to meet with our partners.
India is a unique and vast country, with many different languages and sub-cultures and an incredibly high population density. And after a relatively calm 2020, it is now being brutally attacked by COVID in both its original and new variants. We are hearing alarming first-hand stories of a saturated healthcare system and as a company, we feel it is urgent that we help in any way possible. If you arrived here, you probably already saw that we are donating 100% of our sales this week via Mission Oxygen India.
But perhaps you would prefer to make a donation directly, in which case we are sharing a great list of ways to help that was published this weekend in the New York Times.
The situation is truly dire and we hope you can find a way to contribute that works for you. Thank you so for taking the time to read this and join us in trying to help a country that has given us so very much.
United Nations agencies, including UNICEF and the World Health Organization, are delivering personal protective equipment kits, oxygen concentrators, diagnostic testing systems and other supplies to India’s frontline health care workers.
PATH, a global health nonprofit based in Seattle, says it has a team of more than 200 people working in India to procure oxygen supplies and accelerate Covid-19 testing and surveillance.
The International Medical Corps, which works in conflict areas around the world, is raising money for a campaign to help provide medical equipment, P.P.E., isolation facilities and other essential supplies in India.
Care India says it has supplied hospitals and frontline workers in India with more than 39,000 P.P.E. kits, along with masks and other supplies.
The Association for India’s Development, a Maryland-based charity that partners with nonprofits in India, says it has volunteers distributing food and protective equipment in most of India’s 29 states.
Project HOPE, also in Maryland, is a nonprofit providing medical training, health education and humanitarian assistance around the world. The group says it has given Covid-related assistance in 150 countries during the pandemic, including India.
GIVE.asia, a fund-raising platform in Singapore for causes across the Asia Pacific region, says it is working with the Singapore Red Cross to send ventilators, oxygen concentrators and oxygen generators to India. The platform also hosts fund-raising campaigns by individuals.
Americares, a nongovernmental organization based in Connecticut that specializes in emergency medical response work, says it is working in several Indian states to deliver P.P.E., ventilators and other medical equipment, as well as to educate people on how to prevent the spread of the virus.
Groups in India
The Indian Red Cross Society has staff and volunteers running blood drives, delivering aid and medical supplies, along with providing other essential services across the country.
Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust are delivering ration kits to vulnerable residents of Mumbai. Each kit includes staples like rice and dal, and feeds a family of four for 15 days. Donate here in a variety of ways, including through Google Pay.
Ketto, a fund-raising platform in Mumbai, a hot spot of the country’s latest Covid outbreak, is shepherding a campaign by hundreds of entrepreneurs to purchase 3,000 oxygen concentrators. (The organizers are tweeting live updates.)