Corona Community Kitchens
March 31, 2020
The novel Corona Virus that began in China last November has spread steadfastly throughout the world and is now in India. With a population of 1.3 billion, a sizeable percentage crammed into slums and overpopulated cities, the results of this pandemic, if uncontrolled will be catastrophic. To fight the CV spread, the government has had no options but to put in place lockdowns everywhere possible. These no-other government options have also created a vast HUMANTARIAN crisis in India.
In TMG Kote Village and in other neighboring villages in Tamilnadu state in southern India, whose children and families you support through your donations to Mother Foundation-US, the workforce is mostly day laborers and coolies who do the most menial of jobs. With the total shutdowns, these individuals, both men and women have lost their jobs. The most marginalized populations generally do not have savings. They live on daily wage earnings which buy them the next day’s food and groceries.
In the past 3 years, Mother Foundation-US has been partnering with another NGO in southern India called MASARD. MASARD stands for Mass-based Association for Social Service & Rural Development, supported by SevaChildren of Norway. Sevachildren.org/masard.
MASARD has hopes to restore Community Kitchens which were in operation some years ago. They are confident that they can undertake such a project as they have already done so in the past with great success. However, they cannot fully do this without funding from the public!
We are appealing to your kindness and generosity to help us stave off large scale starvation that we already see coming.
A simple meal-a-day of rice and curry will cost about Rs. 25/- per meal. That is about US$0.35/meal.
In the next two months, village volunteers are prepared to provide up to 1500 meals/day to the most needy.
Fortunately, we already have on the ground Village Field Workers who are trained volunteers for Masard. Their work ethic and industry have proven them to be trustworthy and capable administrators of this type of Emergency program. The job of administering these village Community Kitchens will be entrusted to them. They will, additionally, maintain all the bookkeeping to document Family statistics: head of each family and the number of packets of food to be distributed to each family.
Due to the nature of this Emergency, the prevention of starvation of already hungry villagers, we will launch our first Community Kitchen beginning with TMG Kote Village by utilizing part of the funding that is already available for our Child Sponsorship Programs.
This is an APPEAL for funding to open other Community Kitchens in all the other villages where we have a presence. The opening of other Community Kitchens will depend solely on the amount of donations we shall receive. This pandemic situation has become most direful. People will die. We cannot stop that. But we can, with your donation — prevent starvation!
There are two ways that you can help:
Go to the DONATE page and make a donation there.
Mail a check to:
270 Cameron Drive
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
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