I am a Bangladeshi student at Cornell University in the US. I am partnering with DSK (Dushthya Shashthya Kendra), a Bangladeshi NGO focusing on the health services of the distressed people, to provide food and sanitizing necessities to 500 families. We will reach out to the most vulnerable and marginalized communities outside of the capital city.
DSK website: http://www.dskbangladesh.org/
For the last couple of weeks, we have been working extremely hard to make sure those who live in remote areas get access to food and other necessities to win the fight against COVID-19. We NEED your help!!! Any amount you donate will save someone from hunger.
Bangladesh, one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, is now entering the most critical stage of COVID-19. This progressing threat of the virus will potentially impact millions of lives. The lockdown is affecting people differently at different levels. People who live below the poverty line facing the biggest threat that hunger may kill them before the virus does. Most of the resources and treatment facilities are being used in Dhaka (the capital city). People in rural areas are not just facing hunger, but they are not getting the basic treatment and health care that they need. The hopelessness is forcing these marginalized people to come out for the sake of their livelihoods. And as a result, the threat of COVID-19 is ever increasing.
UNICEF data shows that there are an estimated 2.4 million women in Bangladesh currently pregnant and expecting to deliver their babies in the next couple of months. New families require support for breastfeeding and to get nutrition to keep themselves and their babies healthy.
In many villages now, 1 in every 8 people are showing symptoms as they are getting out for the sake of their livelihoods.
Because expensive or free healthcare services are not available everywhere due to logistics issues, the only immediate action we can take is to provide these rural families sanitizing necessities they lack currently. We will provide not just soap and disinfectant, but also sanitary pads to households with young girls and women (something they are in dire need of).
There is no time to waste!! We need to come forward to feed and help these marginalized people in the month of Ramadan (while they are fasting).
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1 USD= 84.99 BDT
Around $16 will provide for a 5-member family for around 2 weeks, and 2-3 member family for around 20 days.
A bundle of food, hygiene, and sanitary essentials for a family costs about 1179 Bangladeshi Taka, which means about $14 can provide them with food for more than two weeks. Any dollar donation can help significantly.
We understand that COVID-19 is affecting everyone differently. If you are unable to donate at the moment please share in your social media, contact list, friends, and family?
WHERE YOUR MONEY IS GOING?
Item and Quantity Price BDT
Rice: 7Kg 329 ($ 3.87)
Lentil: 4Kg 360 ($4.24)
Oil: 1 ltr 110 ($1.29)
Salt: 0.5 Kg 20 ($0.24)
Potato: 2Kg 50 ($0.59)
Soap: 2 pcs 80 ($0.94)
Disinfectant: 2 pcs 100 ($1.18)
Feminine hygiene products 130 ($1.53)
Total per family =1179 ($13.88)
The package will support a household of 5 members for around 2 weeks. And will support a household of 2-3 members for 20 days.
Anika Shorna (Organizer): MPA Fellow at Cornell University (NY)
Dr. Tanwir Hasan: Former Dr. at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital