India-Canada COVID Collaboration

The massive second wave of Covid-19 pandemic is hitting India like a storm with the number of COVID-19 cases multiplying at an extremely rapid pace.  In a very short span of time, we have witnessed an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases across India with nearly 400,000 cases in the last two weeks. While the prevalence of the disease is not uniform and varies by State and District, clearly the whole country has been severely affected. With the double mutant of Covid-19, which is far more infectious, the daily mortality rate in India has increased significantly; the current case fatality ratio (CFR) is 1.12%. The deluge of infections has led to a severe health crisis in the country with the rich and poor struggling for access to adequate healthcare. The healthcare infrastructure needs are estimated to be 12 times the peak in COVID wave 1. There is an acute shortage of oxygen equipment, hospital beds and medicines all over the country.  People are dying due to the lack of oxygen, ventilators and medicines.

In the last couple of weeks, several new temporary facilities have been set up by local bodies (Gurdwaras, Ashrams, Hotels) as Covid Hospitals to address the rising need of hospital beds, oxygen and ventilators for Covid patients. India’s tradition of community support along with Non-Profit Organizations are working on many initiatives to support people, especially distressed communities.

The nationwide emergency has not only had an adverse impact on distressed communities but also on grassroots organisations, that continue to work with such communities, while barely managing to survive themselves. It is a matter of concern that organisations and the communities they serve will only be stretched further over the next several weeks as the incidence of the disease peaks and people face the after-effects of the disease.

There has been an outpouring of support from all over the world.  Several G2G initiatives are underway.  The Indian diaspora community across the world is coming together to help.  Several Canadian companies with operations in India have approached the High Commission of Canada to ask how they can contribute and to which organizations.

This is an initiative to provide a platform for facilitating Canadian companies and others to contribute to credible non-profit organisations in fundraising. We have put together a list of credible NGOs that are providing services such as healthcare relief, food & nutrition, mental and emotional wellness, and other needs of distressed communities.

The India-Canada Covid Collaboration platform also has details of Gurudwaras and other support groups/individuals who are providing medical relief at the grassroots-level and/or verified leads for immediate medical attention. Anyone can directly contact these NGOs or support groups and individuals to accelerate their efforts, join them or offer support in whichever manner you deem fit. Please feel free to contact them or us for any further details or information.


COVID Relief Initiatives

Registered NGOs

Mahila Housing Trust 
Women’s organisation with 2 million members of the poorest women in rural and urban India that helps to provide livelihood and income generation programs. The organisation and its members have been badly hit in the current wave and are providing enhanced access to health care, food, and other basic needs.
Contact:  Reema Nanavaty (+91 98240 88242)

Sshrishti Trust
Delhi and Uttarakhand
Founded in 2003, Sshrishti provides opportunities for inclusive development to the marginalised sections of society and operates learning centres in slum clusters, providing education and digital literacy to nearly 2,000 underprivileged children from Classes Nursery to V.  In 2020, responding urgently to the Covid-19 crisis Sshrishti intervened in the slum clusters in Delhi /NCR inhabited by migrant labourers, many of them jobless, struggling to feed their families and combat the pandemic. It distributed dry ration, cooked meals, dry food packets, hygiene kits and face masks to frontline workers; while conducting online education sessions for the students and providing livelihood to women in distress by getting masks made by them.

To combat the second Wave of the pandemic, since March 2021 the organisation is focusing on:

  • Distribution of rations to families in distress in Tughlakabad village and Shakur Basti benefiting 250 families.
  • Group counselling sessions on mental wellbeing and personal hygiene for 200 vulnerable women.
  • Regular Counselling workshops for children to enable them to cope with the stress of home confinement.
  • Online classes for 300 children

In addition to the above they are currently mobilising resources for:

  • Vaccine literacy, removing vaccine hesitancy and facilitating registering for vaccine in rural Uttarakhand in Almora and Nainital.
  • Psychosocial support to families who have lost a member or have members who are ill with Covid in Delhi/NCR through online and offline model.
  • Disseminating information on home management protocols for those positive for Covid virus. This will avoid panic among family members and rushing to hospitals.
  • Teaching people Covid- appropriate behaviour to control the spread of the disease in Delhi/NCR and rural Uttarakhand
  • Distribution of hygiene kits – masks, soaps and sanitizers mainly in Delhi.
  • Distribution of food items for those in financial distress in low-income communities of Delhi.

Hemkunt Foundation Gurgaon
A non-government organisation that aims to provide humanitarian aid to marginalized sections of society.
Contact: Gurpreet Goldie Chadha (+91 98110 12095, +91 95400 53337)

Shakti Foundation is helping third tier cities in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This NGO is procuring 100 oxygen concentrators, 500 oximeters and 10,000 hygiene kits (containing vitamins, medicines, masks and soaps), which they are deploying and distributing in Delhi NCR, and the hill states of Uttarakhand & Himachal Pradesh.

They have managed to raise nearly Rs. 55 lakhs in the last ten days. However, they are not even half-way there yet and need support of corporates and individuals for the same.

Shakti Foundation does not have a FCRA Certificate, so cannot accept foreign funds as donation.

Last year, RAZA successfully extended support to over 500 low-income families of daily wagers, drivers, mechanics by means of ration kit distributions. With the second wave of COVID rendering these families vulnerable yet again, RAZA has identified 600 distressed families in Bismillah Nagar who are in need of dry ration items for survival.

Samaritan Help Mission
Last year, SHM extended support to nearly 20,000 families through their relief activities in Tikiapara and areas around. SHM has stepped up again to cover over 4,00,000 beneficiaries through the following activities:

  • Provision of oxygen to patients and assistance in arranging supply for critical patients
  • Provision of medicines, nebulizers, ambulance services, and PPE Kits for healthcare workers and paramedics
  • Easy transportation for migrant labourers
  • Provision of smartphones, laptops, or tablets for continuing education of children through online classes
  • Provision of medical care to patients through trained paramedical staff (trained under their livelihoods initiative

Last year, in Kotda and Gogunda (2 Blocks in Udaipur district, Rajasthan), Kshamtalaya cumulatively facilitated ration and safety kit deliveries for over 6300 families and reached 20,000+ people. Currently, they are carrying out the following activities to cater to the immediate needs that have emerged due to the second wave:

  • Distribution of food and ration kits
  • Awareness generation and well-being calls through Kshamta Vaani which is acting as an Interactive Voice Response Service support system
  • Reaching out to communities and children through in-person support of fellows, in collecting data on needs and ensuring consistent support

Wishes and Blessings
Established in 2014, Wishes and Blessings, a registered NGO, acts as a platform that links people who need help with those who can help. As part of this, the organisation formulates projects that impact beneficiaries cutting across a variety of demographics, one of which is the Covid Relief Project. The Wishes and Blessings Covid Relief Project aims at providing immediate and long-term relief to the homeless, destitute and at-risk families. The Project covers 4 verticals:

  • Ration and hygiene kits
  • Cooked food
  • Medical supplies
  • Ambulance services

While the ration kits and hygiene kits are being distributed in Assam, Delhi, Jharkhand and West Bengal, the medical supplies are being provided to residents of rainbaseras and shelter homes across Delhi/NCR, and the cooked food is being served to the needy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Simultala (Bihar).

The ambulance services by them will be providing free of cost transportation services to needy Covid+ patients, from residence to hospital/treatment centre. This service will be active initially in South and South West Delhi, and will expand to include more areas in the near future.
Contact: Dr. Geetanjali Chopra (+91 98734 22455)

The GROW (Grassroots, Resilience, Ownership, Wellness) fund is an initiative developed and promoted by EdelGive Foundation with the aim of building, supporting, and sustaining 100 grassroots organisations across India over a period of 24 months. In the context of the massive COVID related distress, the Fund will be used to give grants supporting:

  • Organisation Building Needs
  • Important Functions
  • Future Readiness

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Manan Trust, Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies, A.T.E. Chandra Foundation, Ashish Kacholia, a Private Philanthropy Partner, and a few more partners along with Edelweiss Group have lent their support towards this initiative.

SOS Children’s Villages of India
SOS India is currently raising funds for short term care to children who have either lost both their parents to Covid or both parents are currently suffering and no other family member is in position to provide care. SOS India launched a helpline on 30th April and so far, we have got more than 100+ children for short stay. These children are approved by the State specific Child Welfare Committee before being brought into SOS children’s villages. We have created 32 short stay homes in all locations, Pan India, for accommodating such additional children. We anticipate that by the end of June, we will induct 500+ children; hence need funds to support them.

Donation options :

  • Child sponsorship for children to move to Long term care – INR 71,280 for one year. We request if you could support for 3 children with INR 213,840 for one year
  • Covid Medical kit comprising of Oximeter, Thermal scanner, PPE Kit, Mask – triple layered, BP machine, hand wash and detergent, gloves, nebulizer, medicines § INR 10,700 per household. We request if you could support for any 15 families with INR 160,500 for impacted locations like Rajpura, Thrisuur, Tirupati, Pune, Varanasi, Shillong, Rourkela, Bhuj, Bengaluru and Bhimtal.

Doctors For You
DFY is a pan India humanitarian organization with international presence and has been working in various disaster hit zones since the last 13 years. DFY focuses on providing medical care to the vulnerable communities during crisis and non-crisis situations, emergency medical aid to people affected by natural disaster, conflicts and epidemics. We are also committed to reducing disaster risk to human society by delivering training and capacity development in emergency preparedness and response. The work of DFY is guided by humanitarian principles of humanity, impartiality, and neutrality. It offers services and assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, class, caste, religion and gender.

Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is an NGO in India headquartered in Bengaluru. Their organisation strives to eliminate classroom hunger by implementing the Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the government schools and government-aided schools. Alongside, Akshaya Patra also aims at countering malnutrition and supporting the right to education of socio-economically disadvantaged children.

Since 2000, Akshaya Patra has been concentrating all its efforts towards providing fresh and nutritious meals to children on every single school day. They are continuously leveraging technology to multiply their reach. The state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and have attracted curious visitors from around the world.

Their partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, along with the persistent support from corporates, individual donors, and well-wishers have helped us to grow from serving just 1,500 children in 5 schools in 2000 to serving 1.8 million children.

Today, Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) Mid-Day Meal Programme serving wholesome food every school day to over 1.8 million children from 19,039 schools across 12 states & 2 Union territories of India.

CBM India
Thousands are infected, many are losing lives and much more vulnerable populations are at the brink of losing their livelihoods with the second wave of Covid-19 in India. The health system is struggling. CBM helps people with disabilities and the most vulnerable people with much-needed medical equipment to hospital and food and hygiene kit supply across India. It is time for all of us to get together and support India in its fight against the epidemic.

MissionICU is a strong step towards preparing medical infrastructure for rural India before we are hit by the next wave of Covid-19. With sharp focus on capacity building, Mission-ICU plans to expand the ICU capacity in 5-6 major hospitals bearing 80% of load during pandemic and develop 10-40 ICU beds in these hospitals with ventilators in Tier II & III cities of India.

Individuals and Independent Support Groups

Khushvinder Sarna, Chairman TAFI North India
Putting in efforts to procure oxygen cylinders and concentrators for set ups in rural areas. Plans to convert the primary school premises in villages into emergency care units, for immediate relief to those dying due to lack of oxygen.
Contact: +91 93124 30880

Baani and Suresh Yadav
Help in providing medical supplies, oxygen, medical set up at home, verified leads for beds and ambulance support.
Location: Delhi NCR
Contact: +91 77380 76215

Ushamahesh Foundation
Their nutritionist plans and provides packed meals for senior citizens, COVID patients and people in need without any charges; and for @₹50 to COVID patients who can afford to pay.
Location: All over Lucknow
Contact: Parul Sharma (+91 97921 04804, 98397 62874)

Mother and Daughter’s Co
The company run by the Dawar family provides “maa ke haath ka khaana” to all Covid patients and their families on a daily basis at minimalistic pricing. The money hereby coming in, is further used for providing free meals and grocery kits to unprivileged people. A complete Grocery Kit sufficient for a family of 4 includes: 10 kg flour, 2 kg rice, 2 kg sugar, a pack of salt, red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, 250 gm tea, 1L mustard oil & 5 packets of biscuits.

A small contribution of just ₹28 in a day or ₹850 in a month can make a huge difference in feeding many hungry people, especially those who don’t have jobs and cannot afford even one meal a day during this crisis.

Location: All over Delhi
Contact: Praney Dawar (+91 98991 14734)