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COVID-19 Emergency Relief for India

COVID-19 Emergency Relief for India

Why we need your help

"We have been hearing about the horrors of this disease. I don't know what to do. We have no access to a hospital close to us and no way to access oxygen if my family needs it. I am also out of work. "
– S. Mohan*

Last year, the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown resulted in a hunger crisis for millions of families across India who depended on daily wage work. We launched a campaign in April 2020, supporting 30 grassroots partners that provided  5,968,000 meals to almost 140,000 people, amongst those who needed it most. You can read about the outcomes here. The second wave has resulted in nationwide death figures surging past 4000 per day in May 2021, and an unprecedented crisis with respect to access to health and other basic services.  

There is something you can do right now, which is to support grassroots organisations across the country that are meeting the current health and food crisis gaps for the most vulnerable communities.

Who will the funds go to?

The iProbono India team works closely with local organisations and grassroots groups across the country. They are the first responders to this crisis. Our partner organisations support communities that are already living on the edge – daily wage earners, single women headed households, people freed from bonded labour, the elderly, disabled people, and those otherwise excluded due to their caste or religion. Any savings people had have depleted.

Our partner organisations have reached out to us for help. These are partners who we trust, who we know are effective, ethical and frugal. Your donation will help them to bulk buy rice and lentils so that there is enough food for at least one month per person, and access to basic covid healthcare kits that can provide life-saving support in areas with poor access.

Please join us in supporting them.

Click here to view the locations where iProbono's partners are providing emergency relief.

What are our plans for long-term solutions?
This is an emergency that is unprecedented in recent history. Governments and civil society are responding as fast as they can, but the needs remain overwhelming.

Along with this emergency appeal, the iProbono India team are currently:

1. Advocating for Central and State governments to adequately provide health services and social security support for people in need
2. Collaborating with organisations to implement State schemes for the poor as quickly as possible to reduce the reliance on charity
3. Working on local media campaigns to debunk the myths around the pandemic and provide clear guidance, including on vaccinations

iProbono is an organisation focused on access to justice. Over the last 10 years we have never made a request like this, but we are in extraordinary times.
Between the lockdown and state provision, there's a gap we must try to fill, or many more people will die of hunger, or because they cannot access emergency health services or oxygen support.

Please support them at this critical time.  

"I earn 600 rupees ($8; £6.50) every day and I have five people to feed. We will run out of food in a few days. I know the risk of coronavirus, but I can't see my children hungry."
- R Kumar*


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May 06, 2021



Feb 18, 2021


Giving during a time of need. msminutiae


Jun 25, 2020

olga Tavolzhanskaya

(plus 25.00 giftaid)

Jun 04, 2020

Gitu Fi Suri

This donation is on behalf of our niece Maya's birthday. We hope this helps continue the amazing work you are doing as part of One meal from you Feeds 500 and iProbono.

Jun 01, 2020

Nick Booth

(plus 75.00 giftaid)

May 22, 2020


(plus 7.50 giftaid)

May 18, 2020



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May 11, 2020


May 09, 2020

Teubner family

Thank you

(plus 25.25 giftaid)

Total raised so far


Total plus Gift Aid 330,222.50

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Raised offline 319,400.00

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