The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc around the world, and India is in a state of despair, today more than ever. Hospitals and crematoriums are witnessing unending queues every day. People are begging for hospital beds and oxygen, and dying in the absence of both.
The country is on its knees. Cries for help are being ignored. India is devastated.
Despite everything that is bad, however, it is essential that we look at the bright side once in a while, but address the issues at the same time. In times as trying as these, here are five stories, among many others, that restore our faith in humanity:
- Delhi man offers free healthy food to covid patients
Raghav Pal Mandal, 31, from New Delhi, realised how several covid patients are struggling for a healthy diet during their treatment. To help them, Raghav revived his non-profit organisation — Youth Welfare Association (Delhi). Raghav, along with 36 other volunteers, is providing free food to nearly 200 people every day in different neighbourhoods in south Delhi. “The food is cooked at the homes of our volunteers as per their convenience and financial positions. Some arrange for 10 families every day while others are providing for 2-5 people. A vendor is also supporting us in this endeavour delivering 50 packets for free. The rest are handed over by the volunteers personally. A couple of people are helping with disposable food containers,” The New Indian Express quoted him as saying.
- Uttarakhand woman raises Rs. 29 lakh in three days for hospital
A resident of Landour in Uttarakhand raised Rs 29 lakh through crowdfunding in three days for the Landour Community Hospital (LCH) in Mussoorie. “Last year, I witnessed many children including my son trying to raise funds to help those affected by Covid pandemic. Children are such a pure soul. Their efforts moved me beyond words and I decided to try and contribute with the help of many good samaritans,” The New Indian Express quoted the resident, Binu George, as saying. As Binu began the collection drive, people came forward and contributed whatever they could. The funds raised will be utilized for ventilators, oxygen concentrators, and other equipment to treat covid patients.
- MP farmer donates Rs. 2 lakh saved for daughter’s marriage to buy oxygen
Deeply affected by the condition of covid patients, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh’s Neemuch district donated Rs 2 lakh he had set aside for his daughter’s to the local administration for buying oxygen. Champalal Gurjar, who hails from Gwal Deviyan village, handed over Rs. 2 lakh to district collector Mayank Agrawal for buying two cylinders of medical oxygen. One cylinder is for the district hospital and another for Jeeran Tehsil, where he lives, The New Indian Express reported.
- Sister duo in Bihar offers free food to covid patients
Two women from Patna have turned saviours for covid patients as they are cooking food at her home in Rajendranagar and delivering the packets to their homes. 32-year-old Anupama Singh, along with her mother Kundan Devi, cooks the food, and her sister Neelima Singh, 26, delivers the packets. The sisters’ mother Kundan ensures the covid-safe packaging of the food items, The New Indian Express reported.
- Indian-American group raises over 1.5 million dollars, oxygen concentrators, to help India cope with pandemic
Indian-American non-profit organisation Sewa International USA has raised over 1.5 million dollars within less than two days to help India cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It aims to raise five million dollars, The New Indian Express reported. The organisation confirmed that an initial shipment of 400 oxygen concentrators along with other emergency medical devices and supplies to India immediately. It has also started the “Help India Defeat COVID-19′ campaign to ship oxygen concentrators to Indian hospitals.