COVID relief for India and South Asia

This is a repost from the Yahunandan Center for India Studies:

There is a profound tragedy unfolding in India and in other parts of South Asia. The sheer scale of the pandemic and its secondary effects have disrupted critical infrastructure like healthcare networks, food distribution, and transportation systems. 


There are many organizations working to address this disaster. In case any of you are interested in donating to this effort, those of us involved with Yadunandan Center for India Studies at California State University Long Beach wanted to provide a list of organizations that are trying to help. 


For the sake of transparency, we wanted to let you know how we generated the names listed below. Our list draws on three sources: The lists provided by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the American Anthropological Association. 


Our list contains some well-known NGOs (the Red Cross, Oxfam). The others on the list that may be unfamiliar are worth exploring because most are based in India, and we feel they may have a faster response time.  


If you have any questions, please email us at  


Thank you.  




The Indian Red Cross Society has staff and volunteers running blood drives, delivering aid and medical supplies, along with providing other essential services across the country. (NYT, WP) 

Rapid Response is an India-based disaster relief agency is supplying staple foods such as rice, lentils, sugar and salt to vulnerable communities including migrant laborers, front-line workers and the elderly. Donate here. (WP) 


Oxfam India In addition to distributing protective equipment at health facilities, the nonprofit says it intends to make direct cash transfers to the most vulnerable households. Donate here. (WP) 

Care India says it has supplied hospitals and frontline workers in India with more than 39,000 P.P.E. kits, along with masks and other supplies. (NYT) 

Feeding from Far: Feeding From Far is an initiative that has been feeding the poor and unemployed who are struggling to feed themselves during the lockdown. We managed to distributed over 10 lakh meals to the needy since the first lockdown hit through cooked meals and ration kits. (AAA) 


Khaana Chahiye: distributes meals to the most vulnerable in the city of Mumbai. Has distributed 60,000 meals so far in this phase of the lockdown. (AAA) 

OxygenForIndia delivers medical oxygen for free to patients in seven Indian cities. The group was founded by Ramanan Laxminarayan, an economist and epidemiologist who directs the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy, a research outfit based in Washington and New Delhi. (NYT) 

Youth Feed India and Helping Hands Charitable Trust are delivering ration kits to vulnerable residents of Mumbai. Each kit includes staples like rice and dal, and feeds a family of four for 15 days. Donate here in a variety of ways, including through Google Pay. (NYT) 

Enrich Lives Foundation: As daily wage laborers continue to lose jobs and a second wave of COVID-19 is on its way, we are fund-raising to provide 10,000+ grocery kits to families who need it the most.  (AAA) 


Mission Oxygen: helps hospitals across the country get immediate access to oxygen cylinders and concentrators.…/mission-oxygen-helping… (AAA) 


Project Mumbai: works with several public hospitals to provide them with life-saving healthcare equipment and supplies, to cope with the significant stress on the hospital system.  (AAA) 


Mazdoor Kitchen: provides meals, masks, and ration kits to hundreds of people across north Delhi, ever since the beginning of the lockdown. (AAA) 


Ambulance Network: HelpNow is an Initiative by young students providing a safe, 24×7 logistics network for transporting COVID patients/suspects, Drugs, Phlebotomists, Healthcare workers (docs, nurses) and Blood/Organs/Medical supplies in India. (AAA)