India has been under Lockdown since March 24th, 2020. With the Lockdown suspending all form of work for 3 months, India's poorest from some of the country's most underdeveloped regions now face penury and deprivation.
We are here to try to help and support Komal Debna and her family in the COVID crisis.
Komal Debna (a 37 year old living near Jaipur, Rajasthan – the Pink City) has polio. Her one leg is smaller than the other. She use to stitch sarees and clothes as an outworker but because of COVID-19 she no longer receives enough income to support her family. So she started cleaning houses. But still the income is insufficient to pay the rent of the home and to feed the family - her daughter aged 13, husband aged 42 (who lost his job during the crisis) and mother-in-law aged 65. Here are some photos.
She pays 10,000 rupees (about £110) as a rent for their one room and she is no longer able to pay her daughter school fees (about £42 per month). She also needs to pay for transport to get to her cleaning jobs. And she is worried for her future. Her mother-in-law is sick and they cannot even afford the check-up.
How much are we seeking?
To cover the bare essentials for the next three months to support this family we need to raise £1,400 to cover basic essentials (food, fuel, medical costs) as well as the outgoings listed above.
Why this family when there are so many affected during this crisis?
Komal used to do out-work sewing for the business run by my friend Vishal. Their business is currently receiving almost no orders because of the crisis. He and his family are continuing to pay the wages of the employees in their business but can only do so by running down their savings to cover this and food for themselves. We cannot help every family but if you can spare some money to help one family you will make a difference.
Why not give to a charity?
Charities are doing great work during this crisis. However, this is a personal connection and I know all the money will reach this family.