COVID-19 Relief: West Bengal
The global COVID-19 pandemic caused major upheaval in India. The sudden unplanned lockdown of the country forced poor marginalized villagers to stay at home, leaving their employment. The farmers could not harvest the ripe grains that were rotting in the fields and thus had no earnings to buy food. The government provision of grains was inadequate and irregular in supply. Our Caring Hands team serving the Bansberia village complex nearby noticed the hardships caused by COVID-19 and immediately set about organizing distribution of supplies within the area. We provided regular weekly distributions of rice, dals, potatoes, eggs, and oil. We helped over 160 families over 2 weeks and have added another 200 individuals for daily meals in 4 centers around urban Kolkata. This food supply will continue for three months and will be extended after that as needed. The villagers have been provided with face masks and instructed about social distancing.