Covid Response: iPartner India

Distributing life-saving supplies across India

Two-thirds of India’s wage earning employees are in casual work or part of the informal economy. This includes labourers, domestic workers and many others working insecure jobs for a daily wage. When the pandemic hit and cities locked down, this type of work stopped abruptly. With no safety net, people were left to go hungry.

iPartner India was there to help. The charity is an innovative organisation which matches charitable projects across India with suitable donors. They work in six key areas: vulnerable children, child trafficking, education, women and livelihoods, and health and environment.

Having a strong relationship with many grassroots organisations, iPartner is ideally placed to reach the people stranded in lockdown.

  • In India, more than 50 million interstate immigrants relocate to find better opportunities. They often leave the safety net of families to go to a state where they may not speak the local language.
  • We gave a grant of £20,000 to iPartner India to distribute food packages and other essential items across 10 cities.
  • With our support, more than 500 people received regular meals and 1,450 frontline health workers got the PPE they needed.

In April 2020, we gave a grant of £20,000 to help iPartner distribute food and other essential items like hygiene kits to families in need.

As well as those who’d lost their jobs, food packages were distributed to homeless people, indigenous communities and other marginalised groups struggling because of lockdown.

With our funding, iPartner also provided online counselling sessions, COVID-19 awareness sessions and personal protective equipment (PPE) to 1,450 frontline health workers. They supported people in 10 cities across India: Delhi, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Tonk, Patna, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, Kokrajhar and Nalanda.

“Thank you for not forgetting me and my family. My children cannot stop smiling now knowing that we have food to eat for at least a few weeks. I will never forget the kindness shown to me.”

Person who received support, Bihar, India

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