Every year Saphara teams of N. Irish school and university students travel to India to work alongside our local Indian partners as they educate children from the poorest slum and village communities.
Covid-19 has changed all this. Both here and in India lockdown has meant that this years teams have been cancelled. But the children we work with are still living in extremely poor conditions with lack of hygiene, cramped conditions and limited resources. As a result of the current pandemic, the children are more vulnerable now than ever, especially of starvation, as their parents are not allowed to work so have no income. With schools here being closed, team fundraising in Northern Ireland has been stopped and therefore we are in greater need of support in order to help these children.
Our partners, working in urban slums and in rural villages, have been in touch with stories of many children and families in great need. If you want to find out more, you can download the latest newsletter from our partner school, SNEHA.
Help us to help them by donating now to our Covid-19 response fundraiser. Your donation will buy necessary food items such as rich, lentils and potatoes, as well as sanitary items like hand sanitiser, soap and masks. Just £15 will provide a pack of food and hygiene equipment for a needy family.
It has never been more important for us to work together as one worldwide community and support each other through these difficult times. Anything you can give is greatly appreciated by Saphara and our partner organisations. We look forward to the next time we can all meet together, but for now, stay safe!