Faith-based humanitarian group Gospel for Asia (GFA World, gfa.org) is helping to sustain desperate families pushed to the brink of starvation as South Asia battles the deadly coronavirus.
More than 5,000 cases of the disease are confirmed in India alone as of April 8, with more than 100 deaths, according to The Economic Times. Meanwhile, there are fears COVID-19 could spread significantly because of limited health services and overcrowding in urban centers where “social distancing” is difficult to practice and hygiene education is lacking.
India, the world’s soon-to-be most populous country, is currently in a national lockdown that is intended to prevent the spread of COVID-19. More than a billion people are already living on the margins of society, and many of them are now forced to stay home. The lockdown has left many low-paid day laborers, who barely make enough to get by, without food or money to buy any.
Members of Believers Eastern Church congregations and Sisters of Compassion workers have been distributing emergency supplies in response to the crisis, which also spotlights their ongoing health and wellness efforts to fight disease. In many urban centers and rural villages, the helpers have been giving away bags of vegetables, rice and spices, which are helping sustain some of those who have nowhere to turn for help.
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