Hunger and Homelessness in India due to COVID-19

I am reaching with this post to express my sincere gratitude for the financial support received from the friends, supporters and churches to help the people to have food and other essentials in this challenging times. COVID-19 global pandemic is rapidly spreading in India and disrupting the lives of the people. 1.6 million people infected with Corona virus in India as on today.  36,000 people died with virus.  India is the second largest populated country in the world with 1.4 billion people. The medical facilities for the large number of people were very limited. In India, the doctors to population ratio is 1:1425 which is considerably low when compared to the minimum recommended doctor to population ratio of 1:1000 set by WHO. There are only 37,725 health centres with 740,000 hospital beds. Due to this high shortage of medical facilities, infected people cannot be accommodated in the hospitals and people are dying on the streets and roads.Here is the link for more info: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2020/jul/20/andhra-covid-19-patient-dies-on-road-after-abandoned-by-scared-auto-driver-2172041.html 

Dead bodies pile up at mortuaries and nobody wanted to do the funerals due to fear of spread of the virus. https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/andhra-pradesh/2020/jul/13/bodies-pile-up-at-mortuary-as-locals-prevent-victims-last-rites-2169003.htmlInfected people and their family members were stigmatised and being excommunicated from the communities and the apartment owners are demanding to vacate the houses and apartments without any prior notices. Even doctors and nurses facing stigma and asked to vacate their rented apartments.https://www.livemint.com/news/india/doctors-nurses-face-stigma-over-coronavirus-asked-to-vacate-rented-homes-11585074366997.html . This phenomenon resulting in high percentage of homelessness and people are forced to live under the trees, streets and road sides  and looking for the help. Lockdowns has robbed the Daily wage workers of their earnings  are suffering without work and food for their families.  

With the financial support  and generosity from friends, churches and mission organisations  we are helping  people with food and other essential supplies to the families to survive in this global  crisis. We are helping the workers like barbers and other small business owners to have  sanitary supplies like disinfectant lotions, sanitary bars, face masks and gloves to continue their work and earn money for the families. We are training our ministers and our school teachers  online  on how to  help the people during this crisis  and bringing awareness on  prevention of  the spread of the  virus. We were  slowdown in mobility due to the lockdown restrictions in our city  but we came to know that  that God is bringing people to our neighbourhood.  Many people are coming to us these days to get the grocery packs as we distributed for many months since lockdown. Due to the homelessness, many people got shelter at banquet hall across our church building and we are given opportunity to help these dislocated people with food supplies and other essentials.

I am glad that  Bethany Mission  became Bethlehem for the people to have bread.  

I strongly believe that we are all called out for a time such as this. God has put us on this earth and placed us where we are and with the people and we are with for a reason. 

I see this crisis as a greatest opportunity for us to show the love of God and sow the seeds of compassion and mercy and fulfil the plans of God for our lives. Thanking you again for helping us to help the people.  Still people are waiting to get help. Your help is highly appreciated  and and your help is matter to us

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