Destitute people in India - help needed

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Destitute people in India - help needed

Post by treehuggingoctopus » Mon Apr 20, 2020 7:38 am

(Not sure if this is the right sub-forum. If the mods want to move it, I am all in favour.)

Things were very bad before COVID-19, now it is way beyond very bad. I am sure there are many initiatives like that, but I am posting the one which involves a teacher whom I have had the great fortune to meet, and whom I trust body and soul -- Karma Lhundup Rinpoche: ... NJ-IWeiH3Y#

His Germans students write:
India's curfew is only a few days old and is already showing frightening effects. A call for help comes from this chaos.

On March 25, 2020, Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi steps up to the people and announces the total lockdown of India. At midnight, a comprehensive curfew takes effect for 21 days . With the words "if this curfew does not succeed for 21 days, this country and your families will be set back by 21 years", the Prime Minister concludes his speech. A country with 1.3 billion inhabitants stands still hours later. Local, shops (except grocers) and public facilities have closed. Including public transportation, which covers a total area of ​​3,287,000 km² in India, play an important role because only a few people can afford their own vehicles.

Thousands flee from the cities

While the traffic cameras in the city center transmit images of empty squares, dramatic scenes take place on the streets outside the city. Many people lost their jobs and their livelihoods overnight . Most are day laborers and migrant workers who rely on daily payments from their employers. They live from hand to mouth. Road workers who live with their tents next to the streets in any weather. Men, women, and often children, who manufacture factories for rich industrialized countries in exchange for starvation wages and under adverse conditions . These people lost their sleeping places and money for food in one fell swoop.

Now thousands are making pilgrimages from the cities. Back to their home villages, some 800 km away. Many are rushed to the closed bus stops, where they are driven by police officers, some of them using force. Completely overloaded evacuation buses will not leave here until days later. The queues in front of the cash registers are kilometers long.

On foot en route to the home village, 800 km away

In the meantime, the poorest have made their way on foot because they cannot afford a ticket or the high costs in the city. Among them numerous families with children. Women with babies carry their last belongings in a plastic bag on their heads. Again and again they have to take breaks because they have to redistribute the loads or want to take a sip of water from the bottle, which is only half full. Despite everything, they cover up to 30km in one day. In front of them are paths between 120 km - 800 km.

Hunger and degrading measures

They walk with no money in their pockets to fill their hungry stomachs or buy milk for the babies. "We know we can spread the virus faster, but what should we do? We're hungry? ”Reports a stranded local press. The people who flee from starvation are picked up at gathering points and rounded up like cattle, and then crouched on the floor to be sprayed with harsh disinfectants.

Help from the poor to the poorest

Such scenes are currently happening across the country. Even those who have accommodation lose all sources of money. The five of them, or even more people, are crowded to 40 square meters or less. The last groceries are running out. Who can help, and there are few in this country, distributes food and houses homeless people. Like our friend Karma Lhundup. 15 people (!) And 7 dogs live with him and his family at the moment . Every day he roams the streets, visits houses and distributes essential food to the hungry residents. He shares what and where he can, but there are limits too. Now he has turned to his friends, who are scattered all over the world, for help.Knowing that we are all now facing difficult times.


Even the smallest amount of just 5 euros can help to take care of a family for days:

1kg rice EUR 0.58
12 eggs EUR 0.83
1 liter milk EUR 0.63
1 loaf of white bread EUR 0.36
1 kg bananas EUR 0.69
1 kg of potatoes EUR 0.28
total price EUR 4.98

Karma's cry for help reached us only 7 days after the curfew and the situation is getting worse. India and its people are facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Even government measures will not save those parts of society who are already living on a subsistence level from a terrible fate.

Karma Lhundup in the handover of life-saving food.

It is difficult these days to put your own fears aside and show solidarity with others. We understand that. We feel similarly. But turning away from those looking for help right now also means giving these fears power over our actions.

Let's set an example together! Let us give hope! Let's overcome fears!

We are happy about every little contribution and we already receive large sums of people who want to help.
The bank account number can be found in the link: ... NJ-IWeiH3Y#

Karma Lhundup Rinpoche:

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To offer care and affection to sentient beings
In desperate situations who lack protection
Brings just as much merit as the meditation
On emptiness with compassion as its core—
So it has been said by glorious Lord Atisha.

Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche

If you cannot generate an altruistic mind, even extensive retreat will be of not much benefit.
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Re: Destitute people in India - help needed

Post by tingdzin » Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:42 am

Meanwhile in the US and Europe, people are already planning their post-virus amusements.

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Re: Destitute people help needed

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Tue May 12, 2020 4:51 pm

David Beasley, head of the UN Food Program says "There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself." ... ty-council

Stay Safe at home is killing many of the poor around the world.
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