During the peak pandemic, Vidya Gyan sent 14 Oxygen Concentrators to Saharanpur, U.P. specifically for rural health centers.
This initiative was to assist families of young children who lost one parent during the pandemic, not necessarily due to COVID-19.
A fund with the objective of dealing with any kind of distress situation, like the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the peak pandemic, Vidya Gyan sent 14 Oxygen Concentrators to the District Administration (Saharanpur, U.P.) specifically for rural health centers. It was a very humbling journey. Shown in the photo are the District Magistrate and others receiving the concentrators from Vidya Gyan India volunteers.
“It started on or around May 8 when Vidya Gyan, a U.S.-based NGO, with its philanthropic footprint in district Saharanpur, received a call if we could help. While 14 OCs were delivered on May 28 for tertiary-level community health centers, the effort behind the scene is a story of many NGOs, big and small, who were caught unaware of the challenges. This story connects the dots of the journey in time for 3 weeks, how dozens of volunteers spent hundreds of person-hours chasing the OCs in the U.S., China, India, and Europe. It may not be an overstatement calling it a logistical nightmare until it came together to a happy ending. But first the larger picture about OCs in India” (Agarwal, 2021).
“The untold story of many may have involved global networks of the interconnected world. Our humbling and learning experiences started with the Vidya Gyan team searching online, calling many other NGOs to join hands, and reaching out to friends in the U.S., India, and China. People were very helpful but almost every lead led to disappointment because the demand for OCs far exceeded supply. Then a pleasant surprise; one team member found a Samaritan in Switzerland who seemed to have helped NGOs and individuals in getting the OCs shipped to India. We contacted this individual on May 11 with numerous follow-up phone calls and messages every day. We deliberated the needs, budgets, and logistics while still kept trying if OCs could be procured in the U.S. or India. As the doors were shutting one by one, finally we transferred funds on May 18 to have Phillips made OCs shipped from Poland to New Delhi via Germany with the shipping agent in the U.K. Another pleasant coincidence; the Samaritan in Switzerland, we later found out, and our team member hailed from the same town, Bareilly” (Agarwal,2021).
Cited from: Connecting the dots: A humbling experience of exporting Oxygen Concentrators
This initiative was to assist distressed families of young children who lost one parent during the pandemic, not necessarily due to COVID-19. Vidya Gyan reached out to such families through teachers. Shown in the photo are three mothers who received Vidya Gyan assistance identified by the teacher (on the right). Only one school-going child is in this photo.
Teachers serve as trusted community ambassadors for creating social impact, building pride, and teaching the children. Vidya Gyan solicits voluntary support of teachers in recommending and helping families (with young children up to class 8) who lost one or both parents since February 1. Vidya Gyan hopes to support 30 grieving families under ACAF as follows.
(NOTE: If you have not been a part of Vidya Gyan initiatives in the past, this may be an excellent beginning to develop a mutual relationship. Please share with other teachers in your network.)
TEACHER’s VOLUNTARY ASSISTANCE:
(a): Help affected families in completing and submitting the application for State financial assistance (by August 15, 2021):
(b): Submit the following form on behalf of the family for Vidya Gyan’s ACAF by July 15, 2021 with personal recommendation through What’s App message. Vidya Gyan support may be approved to begin as early as August 1, 2021
VIDYA GYAN SUPPORT: Financial assistance of Rs. 1500/month to families with one child and Rs. 2500/month to families with two or more children for the duration stated below. The school-age children must be enrolled in the school.
Teachers: Make a What’s App call or text (Vijendra Agarwal) at +1 701 200 1960 if you have any questions (best time to call from India between 7-10 pm or 7-11 am).
“The PM CARES Fund is a fund with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distress-like situation, posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide relief to the affected, a public charitable trust under the name of ‘Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund)’ has been set up” (PM CARES).
Vidya Gyan is proud to say that we have donated $25,000 to the PM CARES fund for the national effort toward COVID-19 relief and we sincerely appreciate and acknowledge numerous donors who are committed to helping in India’s war-like efforts during the pandemic.
Cited from: About PM CARES Fund
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