Almost 2,000 emergency food parcels are being distributed to families hardest hit by the Covid pandemic in India thanks to a £50,000 grant from the Freemasons’ charity the MCF and UGLE. Health services across India have been overwhelmed by the latest wave of coronavirus, and Freemasonry has responded through the Plan International charity.
Hospitals across India are reporting record-breaking daily case numbers, with oxygen for ventilators running scarce. A deadly transmission rate means disaster is unfolding for children, families, and communities.
Millions of families have already exhausted their savings during a five-month lockdown across the country. Livelihoods and jobs have been lost, and families all over India are struggling to afford necessities like food and the hygiene materials they need to stay safe. The collapse of savings coupled with food shortages means thousands and thousands of children, especially girls, are going hungry.
Rose Caldwell, Chief Executive of Plan International UK, said: “We’re very grateful for this generous grant which will allow Plan International to reach families and young children in those parts of India hardest hit by the virus. It’s critical that we act now to provide this support to those most at risk.”
Les Hutchinson, Chief Executive of the MCF, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help Plan International with their relief effort in India. This is a desperate situation, and Plan and the other organisations helping on the ground need all the help and support we in the outside world can offer.”