PHF commits £1 million to India Coronavirus Appeal

Published: 12 May 2021 
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In response to the significant ongoing impact of Covid-19 in India, Paul Hamlyn Foundation is committing £1 million towards the Disasters Emergency Committee India Coronavirus Appeal.

This is in addition to a £1.5 million India Covid Emergency Response Fund we created last year, and to a further £700,000 we had agreed to bolster that, prior to this latest crisis breaking.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation has been working in India since 1992, making grants totalling £2.25 million each year to local NGOs for health, education, support for disabled people, and other development activities in priority areas.

Our £1 million contribution to the Disasters Emergency Committee Appeal in India will match the equivalent we made in the UK, and will contribute towards supporting India’s health system, scaling up preventive measures and providing additional support to the poorest and most vulnerable households by distributing food and care packs to people in isolation, assistance with vaccination costs, and mental health support.

Moira Sinclair, Chief Executive of Paul Hamlyn Foundation, commented: Our founder, Paul Hamlyn, had strong connections to India, recognising that people and communities had inherent strengths, particularly when living in challenging circumstances. Our colleagues in India have built on this approach, building deep relationships with grassroots NGOs and bringing their local expertise to bear. We hope this contribution will help provide critical support to some of the most vulnerable communities in India right now and will align with PHF’s other emergency funding as well as our grant making in more normal times too. We are a small part of a much larger, international effort involving governments, national agencies, local actors and our philanthropic peers, and stand in support during these desperately worrying times.”