We have been completely overwhelmed by the staggering generosity of the Irish people in the past few weeks. As a result of such a huge outpouring we now have enough funds for equipment and PPE but we are still raising funds for the ongoing running costs for the hospital, as we expect to be treating COVID patients for some time to come.
The incredible outpouring of kindness arising from our appeal means we can now extend our emergency response to feeding those affected by the COVID crisis in the street and slum communities. Kolkata is now in partial lock-down. Daily laborers, migrant workers, and their families are running out of food. We need to reach these families and hand out food packs. In addition to food packs, the people in these communities will also receive medical support from HOPE hospital and our night-watch ambulances. This extra work will start this week.
In 2020 nobody at HOPE thought that we would end up fundraising for oxygen cylinders, medical equipment, turning our hospital into a COVID hospital, having to feed thousands of hungry families of daily labourers (again in 2021), but amazingly with your help, together, WE HAVE. The incredible HOPE staff on the ground in India diverted their work to help wherever the needs became greatest.
To all our donors, new and longstanding, please be assured, that even in the face of such emergency right now, we are not forgetting our vital pre-COVID work with the children and their communities in the streets and slums, the children in our protection homes, our child sponsorship and much more. These communities have been decimated by COVID and they still need us, now more than ever.
When this is over, sad to say, there will be very few families in Kolkata who will not have suffered a loss. We will continue to fundraise and fight for everyone affected by this horrendous pandemic and ongoing crisis. Every donation from all of you will be used to help in this situation in whatever ways we can.