This week the city of Kolkata has been placed in lockdown for 21 days. Because of this, all our projects in the slums and working with street communities have been temporarily placed on hold because of the governments directive. The HOPE hospital and our protection homes are fully operating at present and will continue to do so.
All prospective placements on HOPE’s Overseas Volunteer Programme for 2020 have been postponed and we will monitor the situation in Ireland and India over the coming months as to when we can safely resume this programme. For any overseas volunteering queries please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will stay in touch with everyone waiting on placements as things progress. We sincerely thank all our past and future volunteers for all your fantastic support to date and we hope that you and your families will stay safe and well throughout this crisis in our own country. We will resume our Volunteer Programme as soon as possible, it will be of huge benefit to our Kolkata staff to have the support of our wonderful volunteers when normal activities resume on our projects. Thank you all and stay well.
In these very difficult times, we are extremely grateful for your support and we know that our communities will need this support more than ever once we are able to operate again. We cannot thank you for your very generous support down through the years. People have been told to stay indoors, but for many daily-wage earners and migrant workers this is not an option. Millions of other daily-wage earners are in a similar situation. The lockdown announced on Tuesday evening means they are now facing no prospect of income for the next three weeks. The likelihood is that some will run out of food in the coming days. To stop starvation and the risk of people from travelling to one city from another to avoid community transmission we have to ensure food security. People rush to their villages in times of crisis and are risking their own lives and the lives of others. HOPE are acting on this now and have already started giving out food packs to these desperate communities.
As this is an ever-evolving situation, we will update you as soon as we are able as we begin operating our responses on the ground. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions or queries.