THE British Asian Trust has partnered with a UK Foundation to save 100,000 lives affected by COVID-19.
The Randal Charitable Foundation has donated £500,000 to the Trust’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal to help provide essential emergency relief kits to people suffering extreme hardship in India.
South Asia is home to 27% of the world’s poorest people and now tens of millions of vulnerable families in the region are facing life or death situations because of the pandemic and lockdown.
Speaking about the appeal, a Trustee for the Foundation, which has an aspiration to save and improve the quality of life of over 1 million people globally, said:
“We’re especially pleased to be partnering with the British Asian Trust to help some of the millions of people across South Asia who have suffered a catastrophic loss of jobs and income because of the Covid-19 lockdown. These people have left the cities to return home, often walking hundreds of miles by foot to reach rural villages, with no access to food or other basic necessities. Through the Randal Charitable Foundation’s support, 100,000 people will receive life-saving food rations, and non-essentials such as hygiene equipment, which will help many of the most vulnerable survive this unfolding crisis.”
South Asia is home to 27% of the world’s poorest people with 750 million people surviving on less than $2.50 per day. Now tens of millions of vulnerable families across the region are facing life or death situations because of COVID-19 – particularly in India – where the lockdown has resulted in mass migration from the cities to villages. Many of those migrating relied on daily income from jobs that now no longer exist, families are in a fight for survival; not knowing where their next meal will come from, caring for elderly and sick family members and trying to keep their children safe.
Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust, said:
“The response from the British Asian community has been heart-warming. As the full extent of the COVID-19 virus becomes apparent, the British Asian community has been at the forefront of the efforts here in the UK and is now extending support for those in real need in South Asia. We will continue working to ensure we can support the millions affected by this pandemic.”
As part of the partnership, the British Asian Trust and the Randal Charitable Foundation will work closely with local partners on the ground to distribute emergency relief kits consisting of essentials materials to those in need of immediate support.
HRH The Prince of Wales has given his support to the British Asian Trust’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal for South Asia through a specially recorded video message. He said:
“I started the British Asian Trust 13 years ago with the help of members of the British Asian community to support those in greatest need in South Asia. Over this time the Trust has supported nearly 5 million people.
“Today, to play its part in responding to this pandemic, the British Asian Trust in partnership with local organisations and governments is ramping up its work to support the daily needs of the poorest and the most vulnerable.”
To find out more about the British Asian Trust COVID-19 Emergency Appeal or to donate visit www.britishasiantrust.org