Climate change has excerbated the cyclones, floods, landslides, and droughts that have always plagued India, resulting in a devastation unseen in living memory. Events such as the floods in Chennai and Cuddalore and the Gaja cyclone have left more than a million without shelter or the necessities of daily life. Many farmers are facing a level of drought not seen in a hundred years. Now, a new disaster in the form of the Covid-19 pandemic has left millions on the brink of starvation.
The advent of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting national lockdown has had catastrophic effects on large segments of the population, especially farmers. Many farmers cannot harvest their crops without migrant labor and the crops they can harvest they often cannot sell because they either cannot bring their crops to market or their customers cannot come to them.
In addition to the problems of the lockdown itself, many farmers are now finding they are unable to sell products such as jack fruit because, now that exports have stopped, they have lost their buyers. Without the money they receive from selling their crops, farmers will not be able to buy seed and supplies for the next planting. Their customers, in turn, are often unable to find the food they and their children need, bringing them, too, to the edge of starvation.
What we're doing to help
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We provide emergency rations and urgently needed supplies to families affected by disasters, including clothing, sanitary napkins and diapers, and school supplies for children.
At the same time, we have provided many families with goats to supplement their livelihood. Additionally, we have provided some villagers with sewing machines for tailoring, and others with bee keeping equipment and supplies or boats and materials such as fishing nets.
In the meantime, we will also be working with local farmers to help supplement the income lost because of the lockdown. We will donate food and supplies, and also help with planting new crops.