Dear Friends of Calcutta Rescue
As you know, we are in the midst of a terrible second wave which is becoming more brutal by the day. For that we have been preparing over the last 4 weeks - to protect our beneficiaries and staff. We are having frequent management meetings to assess the risks and figure out how best we can achieve optimal impact with limited resources, as well as decide which projects need to be suspended or adjusted until the situation returns to a safer level.
The good news is that last year we built up significant experience on how to operate safely when infection rates are high. Additionally, nearly all of our medical staff have all had two vaccinations now and given the nature of our frontline work of food distribution and administration of activities, many of our other staff have had one dose. As CEO, this provides me with some relief that we are now relatively well protected to be able to continue to help our beneficiaries - those who reside on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata and villages of Bengal - through the very troubling times that lie ahead.
Our immediate COVID specific work is as follows:
What we need
Whatever happens, I want to assure you of our determination to continue to serve our beneficiaries as best we can throughout the coming period.
To end on a positive note, we are proud to have just won the Ladies Study Group Charitable Trust Annual Award 2020 for our outstanding support for West Bengal’s poorest people since the start of the pandemic. Though you may not have heard of the group, it is highly regarded in Kolkata, and the fact that it singled us out for the award from all NGO’s working in the state is a real feather in our cap, and it came with a Rs.200,000 prize.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and for all your ongoing support. Together we can continue to ensure that those most affected by the Covid crisis are protected from its most damaging effects.