India's 2nd wave of COVID-19 during the pandemic resulted in an overstretched and collapsing healthcare system. India was the first country in the world to register more than 400,000 new cases in a single 24 hours, which occurred in the first week of May 2021. 3 people were dying every minute in India from Covid-19. Hundreds of thousands of people in India were not even able to get tested or treated in hospitals, so numbers of infection and deaths were likely much larger than any available data.
When it comes to the pandemic, preventing it from worsening relies on swift mass vaccination, but also, fundamentally, a hyperfocus on hygiene and sanitation for all. Limiting the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus from person to person through hand washing and using personal protective equipment means less people infected and less people falling sick or dying. India is a country that at baseline, pre-pandemic, had enormous gaps in access to water, sanitation and hygiene services. 97 million people in India live without clean water available close to their home and 535 million people live without toilet and hand washing facilities in their home. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed further stress on an already fragile sanitation and hygiene system.
With the help of caring Canadians, Water Well-ness Project helped raise $1275 to deliver much needed sanitation and hygiene relief to communities in India between May to June 2021. Thank you to all those who contributed to this important cause!
Water Well-ness Project partnered with the Association for India's Development (AID), a registered charitable organization who is providing Indians access to water and soap for hand washing, masks for preventing infection, and community-level education on limiting the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in India.
AID has worked in India for 20 years promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in the country through collaborating with grassroots organizations in a number of sectors (health, environment, education, and more). They are responding to COVID-19 in the majority of states in India, both in cities and rural regions. Find latest updates on their website.