Ray of Hope Relief Fund

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is supporting a #Partners4Peace fundraiser to benefit the "Ray of Hope Relief Fund", developed by Preet Jani, a local teen, to help with the current COVID-19 crisis in India. Donations made to this fund will go to people in desperate need through Service Organizations in India who direct resources at the grass roots level.

Donation impact: $100 USD (approximately 7,000 Rs.) supports the basic needs of 10-15 people in a community in India. 

Preet recently told us that "kindness, compassion, and humanity" are three words that reverberated to him when he spoke to his uncle, who endured a challenging journey with COVID-19. "When death is staring at you, random acts of kindness by friends, family, and community is uplifting." The entire family was struck with COVID-19, and their grandma lost her valiant fight. Preet's uncle told him that during the worst times, he saw the best from people.

"He was looking for hope and healing,” Preet said, “and found it from the community around him, reaching out to lift his spirits.”

“This coupled with similar experiences with friends and family in India who are significantly less fortunate than most individuals due to the lack of resources solidifies my desire to contribute to assist with COVID relief.  While distraught families are losing their loved ones, hospitals have run out of oxygen, ventilators and medications. We can do something about this, our support will provide a lifeline for those in distress and provide hope to the families in India. Please join me to assist patients and families in desperate need."

There are approximately 1 million new COVID-19 cases in India every three days. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India is now more than 21 million.

Oxygen is a key treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients, and to get oxygen supplies to where they are needed most, the government is using trains, and the Indian Air Force is airlifting oxygen from military bases. Critical care beds are scarce. Many families are frantically searching for a bed for their loved ones as India’s hospitals and medical facilities are beyond capacity, and have run out of oxygen and other needed medical supplies. Hundreds of patients can be seen awaiting lifesaving care outside facilities in crowded city centers.

"Mattie Stepanek taught us that peace begins with having your basic needs met,” Preet commented, “such as food, shelter, healthcare, safety, and hope. If you are okay with who and how you are, then it is your responsibility to help someone else have their basic needs met.”

"We are proud to be #Partners4Peace with Preet as he puts his compassion into action through this fundraiser," said Jeni Stepanek, CEO and Chief Peace Officer of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation. "We humbly ask that caring and compassionate people everywhere support this fund to help save lives."
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Laura Bauer 
Americus, GA
Mattie J T Stepanek Foundation Inc 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
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