Emergency Food Relief in India
We recently discussed the situation of orphanages in western Odisha, India with YCDA, our partner for foster care there. They informed us that there are 16 orphanages which are registered by the government but receive no government support.
Normally, these orphanages rely on local donations for the children, but with the rapid spread of COVID in the region, most local donations have come to a halt. This region is already severely impoverished, so the 533 children living in these orphanages are in great need of emergency food relief.
Over the last few days, LWB has helped provide dry food rations to 10 of the 16 orphanages, helping 336 children have food for the next month. The children were so excited!
The orphanages covered were in Bolangir, Sonepur, Khurdha, Nayagarh, and Puri.
As long as COVID takes its toll on the region, we are hopeful that we can continue to provide nutritional support.
We are dreaming big and hoping that this emergency food relief can be expanded to help all 533 children while local support is almost non-existent.