The World Health Organization has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is a “defining global health crisis of our time”, as it urged countries to test all suspected cases. As of March 29th, 2020, global deaths from the virus have surpassed 30,000, with more than 10,000 of those in Italy. However, the US has the most confirmed cases worldwide, surpassing China and Italy.
Situation in Pakistan:
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan jumped to 1,106 after new cases were reported in Balochistan, Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. So far, eight coronavirus infected patients have died in Pakistan while 21 have recovered. New evidence from the United States and Europe also drew attention toward young adults contracting Covid-19. Twenty four percent of confirmed cases in Pakistan are patients between the ages of 21 and 30 years.
At Sonia Shah Organization, we stand for equal rights, education and a better chance for the future of the underprivileged. In addition to our school in Kangra, Pakistan, the entire village’s workplaces are also closed, due to which the residents of the village are facing extreme shortage of food and other daily necessities. Females are also facing a lack of hygiene related products because of the global shortage of supplies.
Due to these circumstances, it makes many families vulnerable to the virus, as shortage of food directly impacts the immune system and capability to keep up with an overall unhealthy environment. These families survive on $1 per day income, and with this income now paused for an unpredictable time, it is a lot harder for them to make ends meet.
In an effort to help some families in the village of Kangra, Pakistan, Sonia Shah Organization is giving 100% of the donations received to them. We will be providing a monthly supply of necessities (Rice, cooking oil, lentils ,tomatoes and potatoes) to several families in the village of Kangra. Each bag will cost $30 for each family and will sustain a family for a month. We have already distributed grocery to over 50 families.
Please contribute any amount you can afford to help these families, as your support and trust in us is critically essential at this time of hardship.